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Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, March 2016

The Turku Philharmonic plays extremely well for a provincial Finnish orchestra, and Naxos’s sound is admirably lifelike. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, February 2016

…these 17 pieces of music are essentially athematic in the absence of the play; however, under the baton of conductor Leif Segerstam, the players of the Turku Philharmonic manage to animate a lifeless score with the vitality of their performance. © 2016 Scene Magazine Read complete review



Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, January 2016

The vivid cover photo of the Grim Reaper hints that this won’t be a laughfest; and in this case, there’s truth in advertising. Sibelius’s Jedermann is incidental music to a downer of a morality play where the Everyman character faces alienation from God, torment from the devil, desertion from all quarters, a lonely struggle for repentance, and—finally—a last-minute reprieve from the evil decree to the sounds of a “Gloria in excelsis Deo”. That final surge notwithstanding, Jedermann is a dark, somber affair… © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune, December 2015

The best classical recordings of 2015

The valuable Naxos series devoted to Jean Sibelius’ lesser-known theater music and orchestral pieces reaches a high-water mark with this fine performance. © 2015 Chicago Tribune




Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, December 2015

Superbly done. © 2015 MusicWeb International



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, November 2015

This is a very fine work with playing of great sympathy and understanding from Leif Segerstam and his forces. There are some remarkably fine orchestral ideas in this work that every Sibelian will want to hear. © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, November 2015

The recording quality is excellent and well-balanced… This is music that should never be allowed to lie unperformed, and those who wish to make its acquaintance should not hesitate. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, October 2015

Jedermann…could not receive a more dedicated or idiomatic performance than the one it receives here. Segerstam continues to impress as one of the best Sibelius conductors around and he is given a recording of depth and richness. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, September 2015

The performance (Jedermann) is gorgeous, unflinchingly dark and anguished, and if you’re going to do it at all you might as well revel to the max in the music’s wrist-slitting despondency. © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, September 2015

This is only the second recording of Sibelius’s Jedermann stage music. Segerstam gives an emotional and beautifully spirited account of it, well supported by committed soloists, choir singers and orchestra members. © 2015 Pizzicato



Infodad.com, September 2015

…the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra plays very well, and Segerstam leads it with a sure hand and considerable understanding of the material. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2015

This series of discs is collecting together the complete works written for the theatre by Sibelius, Jedermann (Everyman) being one of his most rarely performed scores. That he never prepared a concert version of his incidental music to Hofmannsthal’s version of the medieval play, does, to some extent, account for that neglect, Sibelius often called upon to simply underpin and colour words in the play. Some parts last only a matter of seconds and were intended to match perfectly the declamation of the words. So do we want every few seconds that Sibelius composed? Well these recordings set out to augment all we know of the popular Sibelius, and completeness was Segerstam’s intention. We do here discover the composer more deeply moving than anywhere else in the quiet Largo where Everyman begs for company on his last journey. None answer that call apart from an old woman, and they set out on the long walk together. The music from therein—and from a time point of view the most expansive part of the score—is so utterly sad, Everyman eventually finding salvation from his sins, though he still has to confront the Devil before finally entering his grave. The work lasts little short of fifty minutes and calls for soprano, tenor and bass soloists with choir and orchestra. The Two Serious Melodies are works that the orchestra’s leader would play rather than solo pieces, their character quiet and withdrawn. In memoriam was written at a time when Sibelius was much haunted by death following a life-saving operation, though he was to live for almost five decades before it was played at his funeral. The performances and recording, as throughout the series, are immaculate. There is more to come. © 2015 David’s Review Corner




David Mellor
Mail on Sunday, August 2015

This latest issue in the series features the last incidental music Sibelius wrote, to a modern morality, Everyman. It’s complex but rewarding, and especially worthwhile are two beautifully crafted pieces for violin and orchestra. © 2015 Mail on Sunday





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