First Class Björkenheim
"As expected, the Finnish-American jazz guitar hero does not brake a whole lot on eCsTaSy’s Out of the Blue. Raoul Björkenheim and his cohorts, Pauli Lyytinen...
Cinematic atmospherics and dance floor burners
"On Slavic Souls, Dalindèo continue to experiment with the musical influences – jazz, 50s r&b and 60s surf in particular – which defined their award-winning album,...
One of a kind
"It is impossible to pigeon-hole Kalle Vainio’s compositions into any particular genre; they take in everything from classical minimalism to film music and Nordic folk music."...
"Sväng, the Finnish harmonica quartet, blows fresh air to Sibelius celebrations with arrangements of composer’s well-known works."
The Sibelius symphonies cycle by Kamu and Lahti SO
"It is meaningless to select a ‘best’ recording when musicians have such different views of the same pieces of music, but I can say that you...
Sibelius’s piano works by Mertanen
"Janne Mertanen is a reliable guide to this unfailingly attractive and sometimes moving repertoire: his rhythms are precise and his textures clear."
"This was an intelligent decision: to record an anniversary cycle of orchestral Sibelius looking sideways at his bountiful incidental music and ‘minor’ orchestral works."
Lofty Thoughts in the Organ Loft
"Hardly anybody thinks of Sibelius as an organ composer, and yet his natural mode of composition suited the organ perfectly: he thought from the bass upwards,...
Booze and politics
"Whether this is an opera, a form of music theatre, a happening or an extravaganza does not matter."