Alma! - The fantastic tapestry of a woman’s life
"Minna Leinonen manages to pull off the most important requirement in writing an opera: to write music that perfectly merges with the other elements surrounding it...
Tradition is an inexhaustible source of joy
"Sväng have now returned to their roots in a refreshing and energetic rediscovery of tradition – an inexhaustible source of joy."
Rich re-interpretation of early music
"Ensemble Gamut!'s repertoire ranges from daringly and freshly arranged folk songs to Medieval and Renaissance compositions. Improvisation and electronics are also included."
Daily life and versatile musical dialogues
"The debut album of kantele player and singer-songwriter Marjo Smolander is an interesting combination of different musical collaborations."
Taking the lament tradition into here and now
"Also the real thing is included, with Kuittinen sometimes letting her voice go all rough and raw, affected by grief. Her voice does not always sound...
This tradition goes to eleven!
"This is a stunning début that serves as textbook study in how to keep one’s own tradition alive in today’s urban and multicultural world."
Folk song with soul
"The group dextrously takes up some of the most worn classics of Finnish folk music [- -] and brings up a completely new and compelling aspect....
Archaic-modern invitation to dance
"This trio has once again produced a visionary album with a great deal of variety. The swing is often infectious – one longs to dance at...