Yearly archive 2015
Season's Greetings to all our readers

Season’s Greetings to all our readers

Guest column: Losing idealism in translation?

Guest column: Losing idealism in translation?

Johan Tallgren’s FMQ guest column on Sibelius’s birthday, the Day of Finnish Music 2015.
Svänging Sibelius

Svänging Sibelius

"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

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 would be hard-pressed to find more satisfying performances anywhere else."
Sibelius's published piano works by Mertanen

Sibelius’s published 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."
Sibelius Sideways

Sibelius Sideways

"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, and that’s the way the best organ music works."
Booze and politics

Booze and politics

"Whether this is an opera, a form of music theatre, a happening or an extravaganza does not matter."
Rocketing guitarists

Rocketing guitarists

"Besides being a top-notch player, Patrik Kleemola is a relentless commissioner of new guitar compositions. (-) Otto Tolonen puts premieres and musical short stories aside in favour of two mammoth cornerstone-compositions of contemporary classical guitar."
Musical nostalgia

Musical nostalgia

"The album as a whole is moving; nostalgia in its many forms is woven into the music, and longing is expressed through carefully selected instrumental combinations."
A Different View of UMO

A Different View of UMO

"Crime jazz or soundtrack sounds? Yes, but in addition to allusions of the ’60s there are other things to chew on in Jimi Tenor and UMO Jazz Orchestra’s collective effort."
Twenty years ago

Twenty years ago

"What a great night it was at the short-lived Helsinki Royal Cotton Club on 20 October 1995. On stage was the Finnish flagship big band, UMO Jazz Orchestra, with saxophonist Michael Brecker. "