Whirlwinds of energy and colour
"Haapanen writes for the orchestra as for a collective of virtuosi and the FRSO do not let him down in this scintillating performance."
The beginnings of greatness?
"Kuula can create a powerful sense of atmosphere – I won’t fall back on the cliché of 'brooding northern forests', but you know what I mean...
"If this recording doesn’t sweep up an indecent quantity of prizes, there’s something wrong with the world."
"For all the sophistication of Rautavaara’s harmonic language, what he is doing here, basically, is weaving a spell – and I defy you not to be...
"Risto-Matti Marin’s recital of unknown Finnish Romantic piano music is a triumph. The works he has chosen all arouse surprised respect – who knew? – and...
Luminous choral lamentations
"It is delightful that the ambitious concert projects by the Helsinki Chamber Choir so often become available in recorded form."
True richness of invention
"The artistic level on the recording is thoroughly high, and the richness of the composer’s invention opens up new perspectives by every listening."
“The sound of a band bursting with life and new ideas as it begins its second decade.”