An impressive disc broadening the spectrum of percussion music
"Percussionist Minna Koskenlahti’s first solo album, Toinen/Other, is an utterly hypnotic experience. It challenges the listener to engage with thoughts and emotions."
One love from Helsinki to Cotonou
"A decade into their career, Finnish-African jazz-funk band Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble has come up with its fifth and strongest album."
Folk music meets Baroque violin – with harpsichord on the side
"The contrasts found in polska tunes reflect the structures of Pandolfi’s sonatas quite wonderfully. The transitions between the two genres are bold and invigorating."
Forget pigeonholing and enjoy the boundless musical invention!
"The Ilkka Heinonen Trio operates with a broad and downright electrifying range of colours."
The raw power of folk tradition and fantasy
"Each track makes the listener marvel at the many facets of the stories and of the music. The wild and wonderful tales of folk tradition have...
Saariaho’s opera Innocence is touching and gripping
Kaija Saariaho has done it again: her opera Innocence, premiered in Aix-en-Provence, proved to be a masterpiece and was enthusiastically received by the audience and critics...
Clarity of expression, through the mist
Finnish coloratura soprano Anu Komsi has been commissioning, premiering and recording music by Saariaho since the 1980s. Now she and her trusted collaborative pianist Pia Värri...
The Majesty of the Miniature
"Sibelius’ piano output is full of one gem after another; and they usually hold together as collections, too: he assembled his miniatures with care and an...
Old Friends and New
"The performances are spotless: Kajsa Dahlbäck’s soprano is pure and agile, and her fellow musicians all acquit themselves splendidly when given their chance to shine."