Posts tagged "Reviews"
Nordgren’s Rites of Passage

Nordgren’s Rites of Passage

Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s music often has a ritual, pictorial quality that generates a powerfully disturbing sense of atmosphere, of foreboding, as this album perfectly illustrates.
Saariaho’s earthy colours

Saariaho’s earthy colours

The distinguished Meta4 string quartet's second volume of Saariaho's chamber music was released in 2016. At the heart of this album are two larger works: ...de la Terre (1991) for violin and electronics and Terra Memoria (2006) for string quartet.
Tüür’s Integration  of Energies

Tüür’s Integration  of Energies

The two clarinet concertos in this album demonstrate Tüür’s ability to suggest huge tectonic forces at work under dancing or drifting textures in higher instrumental registers.
Magical Nordic string trios

Magical Nordic string trios

Not an easy listening disc by any means, but a magical compilation that grows on you with repeated listening, not least because of the superb performance given by Trio Aristos.
Minnesotan Memories of Migration

Minnesotan Memories of Migration

This double album is the issue of three concerts given in Minnesota in February 2016, and Olli Kortekangas’ Migrations was a commission for that occasion. Migrations must have caused many in its initial audiences to reflect upon their own origins, and it retains its ability to touch the heart in this recording.
Insightful and intense Liszt and Schubert

Insightful and intense Liszt and Schubert

Marin’s performance points up the intricate voice-leading and ensures that everything is heard, lucid and emotionally vivid. Indeed, emotional flow might be described as the scarlet thread of this entire album.
Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

When Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha came on stage in the Horta Hall of Bozar in Brussels, as part of the 11th edition of Balkan Trafik!, they delivered what could be expected from them: energetic and exciting Balkan music with a subtle twist.
Frigg - Live at De Doelen, Rotterdam

Frigg – Live at De Doelen, Rotterdam

"I was particularly impressed with the way they manage to blend different styles into an amalgam that is distinctly their own. The music is obviously rooted in Nordic and Celtic traditions, but Frigg has also been strongly influenced by American Newgrass."
Spaces for inspiration

Spaces for inspiration

"On the whole Musica nova Helsinki was remarkably successful. The festival now boasts many features that have been germinating for quite some time: club nights, a true cosmopolitan attitude and the successful integration of young Finnish composers into an international programme," writes Merja Hottinen in her review of the festival.
Centenary Celebration

Centenary Celebration

Einar Englund’s Violin Concerto of 1981 is one of the major violin concertos of the past century – and not just from Finland.
Obit Einojuhani

Obit Einojuhani

For all the passion at the climax of the Balada and the lusty drama of the last of the Four Songs, the music here sings Rautavaara to rest in the rich autumnal tones that are unmistakably his.
Text-sensitive tone-painting

Text-sensitive tone-painting

The aesthetic pluralism represented here is remarkable; Bergman pushes the envelope of musical expression. Matti Hyökki, with a group of professional singers, masters even the trickiest passages with aplomb.