Portraits of a guitarist-curator
"This release is a must for any guitar aficionado and probably Tolonen’s best recording. As of yet."
A well-formed kaleidoscope
"The various stylistic influences from post-tonal classical to blues and jazz blend seamlessly together in Hille’s compositions; what is common in them seems to matter more...
Fagerlund's sounding stones
"The orchestra is a natural medium of expression for Sebastian Fagerlund. The BIS recording of three rather recent orchestral works shows different aspects of his orchestral...
Rautavaara and the cello
"Tetzlaff’s and Süssman’s vision of Rautavaara's music is lucid and profound, never overly sentimental but always highly expressive."
Nordgren’s impassioned obliquity
"One imagines that Nordgren would have been thrilled by the playing of the Kokkola Quartet and their guests."
Tampere Biennale seeks meaning in margins and musical experiments
The Tampere Biennale once again showcased a broad spectrum of new music from home and abroad. Instead of the mainstream, the festival focused on the margins...
The Darker Arts
"Talented, bold and versatile, Anni Elif Egecioglu is a welcome role model to all yearning to test the strength of their ideas and resolve."
Groovin’ through the decades
Sonja Virtanen Quartet's debut album draws from hard bop and soul jazz from the 50s and 60s. The sound is warm and, in a good sense,...
Twenty years on
"Rather than thinking through choruses, the Joona Toivanen Trio approaches their works through variations and development, with intense focus on dynamics, colors, and sound quality."