The two sides of a Sibelius coin
Finland’s latest star conductor, Klaus Mäkelä, has caused a bit of a stir with his Decca label debut - a full cycle of Sibelius Symphonies, no...
"Just as in a jam session the main action on this album happens on the up-tempo tunes. These cats sure like to burn!"
Organic equality at the Musequal Festival
Endorsing equality in classical music in artistically meaningful and organic ways is no small endeavour. Yet, this was the very goal undertaken last weekend at Musequal...
The kantele empress strikes back
"Kauhanen’s one-woman-band concept, where she sings while playing the kantele and percussion, is hugely impressive."
Made in Finland is a label allowing space for multiple identities – at least in ballet
"Witnessing the well-oiled production machinery of the FNB at work, one can sense that every creative contributor has had enough space and responsibility to dispel any...
Late-night contemporary music? Solutions at Tampere Biennale
Although many festivals and performing organisations have shown extraordinary creativity in programming contemporary music, demonstrating, at best, genuine interest in diversity and innovation, especially during the...
Two and one does make sense
"The vocabulary of ambient electronica woven into the lexicon of acoustic jazz."
Stoking a quiet fire
"The music can smoulder for lengthy passages but the flame eventually burns bright."
The most Finnish music possible?
"One instantly gets the concept when a tango album begins with the sound of an Indian tambura drone!"