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Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, February 2016

Lintu’s performances are uniformly magnificent. It is hard to pin down exactly why it feels like this but I would draw the parallel with the Vienna Philharmonic playing Johann Strauss—they just sound ‘right’. The first movement of the 1st Symphony sounds wonderful and is enhanced by the countless little details of eye contact and looks of satisfaction caught by the well directed cameras. The Second Symphony reaches the grandest of perorations seemingly without effort. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Andrew Mellor
Gramophone, January 2016

To describe this as an important snapshot of orchestral Helsinki in 2015 is to belittle the touching gift that is Finns offering us their greatest music with such undemonstrative heart and soul. In the same vein, perhaps the icing on an undeniably epic cake of performance and analysis is Piia Hirvensalo’s kooky documentary series Sort of Sibelius. Here we get psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, graphology, toxicology and even mixology: a delightful sequence in which two professional alcohol pundits attempt to drink like Sibelius did. In a word, unparalleled. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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