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John J Puccio
Classical Candor, June 2018

Maestro Petri Sakari and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra handle the first movement especially well, conveying a proper, shivery introduction leading up to a probing major subject.

…Sakari and his forces provide an ardent and colorful journey through Sibelius’s characteristic landscape. Plus, the inclusion of the first suite of tunes from Sibelius’s incidental music to Shakespeare’s The Tempest makes a good companion piece. Sakari’s interpretation brings out much of the music’s imagination and color. © 2018 Classical Candor Read complete review

Andrew Ford
ABC Radio 24 Hours, February 2000

"...while this performance is never tied to the metronome-it has a lovely, natural ebb and flow-it maintains a single line of thought throughout the movement... Once again, Sakari's performance is a winner. He actually does less with this music than most conductors do. As a result, Sibelius's rather romantic vision emerges all the more vividly."

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