Accordion – boldly engaged with Magnus Lindberg
"Valkeajoki is so adept at arranging and performing this material that it seems like these nimble arabesques, continuous and expansive pillars of sound and incisive yet...
Linking Finland and Spain in the classical guitar tradition
"The greatest merit of this disc is in demonstrating how natural even the oddest of musical combinations can seem if driven by genuine, experience-based musicianship."
Fagerlund’s modern impressionism works well in chamber music too
"Sebastian Fagerlund's chamber works are attractive, shot through with primeval energy yet shaped with a dextrous flexibility."
Sonic shavings from the workbench
"Janne Mertanen lets the music speak for itself, though also taking the few virtuosic challenges in his stride."
Breathtaking virtuosity, frozen melancholy
"There is an encyclopaedic dimension to the compositional work of Kalevi Aho, manifest in his comprehensive series of solo concertos and solo pieces for different instruments."...
The groovy and lyrical saxophone
"Joonatan Rautiola’s and Marko Hilpo’s duo plays with enjoyable precision and sensitivity. The lyrical qualities of the saxophone come to the fore."
Powerful orchestral images by Fagerlund
"The latest BIS release with Sebastian Fagerlund’s orchestral music includes powerful performances of two works that belong to his most convincing achievements in this genre."
Brightness and darkness of the Baltic Sea in the sound of a string quartet
"The disc attunes the listener’s mind to protecting the Baltic Sea, and this in turn seems to imbue the music with even more meaning."
De-marginalising repertoire, one disc at a time
"There are gems to be discovered in this repertoire, disdained by contemporaries and marginalised by history."