Cool music from a hot town
In a sun-drenched town only 200 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, jazz connoisseurs mixed with locals to enjoy their 31st festival of music, at the...
Startling and strangely beautiful choral music
"Haapanen typically deconstructs the text by rearranging its constituents, thus creating mixed feelings of alienation and vulnerable immediacy."
Smith plays Salonen and Saariaho
"The Ondine recording with works for solo cello by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho presents powerful and straightforward interpretations by the US cellist Wilhelmina Smith."
Elusive and Exquisite
"Jean Dubé’s virtues here are that he gives the music time to speak and that he reproduces its textures with commendable clarity, to which the recorded...
The fascinating contemporary organ
"Kujala’s new Alba recording includes an excellent and fascinating collection of works from five Finnish composers."
Secret Store of Symphonic Poems
"I knew Järnefelt for a fine composer and was looking forward to my encounter with this score, but I was taken aback by the sheer quality...
Grappling with Sibelius in China
“Could a certain distance from Western symphonic thought have contributed to the surprising qualities of the performances I heard in China?” Andrew Mellor reviews performances of...
Satiny Sapphic harmonies with a jazz bass
"Mostly a cappella, Signe's sound mingles folk, pop, barbershop and choral singing. The result is utterly original, uncategorisable art – unlike anything else you’ll hear this...
A burst of outré energy
"Rögnvaldsson’s team has grown into a thoroughbred band with a highly developed collaborative consciousness."