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Scott Noriega
Fanfare, November 2014

In this recording by Pekka Kuusisto (both soloist and conductor) and the Tapiola Sinfonietta the work truly comes to life: Their careful balance of parts, attention to matters of details—especially as regards communication between soloist and orchestra—and a natural lyrical sense, along with the soloist’s unabashed virtuosity, all add up to one of the great performances of one of the finest pieces of contemporary music today. © 2014 Fanfare

Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, January 2014

The Tapiola ensemble is outstanding, as is Ondine’s stunning engineering. Mr Kuusisto…[is] a superb violinist… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Scott Noriega
Fanfare, January 2014

The members of the Tapiola Sinfonietta all play with great panache and work together well to characterize this music.

In impeccably vivid and life-like sound, with an exceptionally talented orchestra and soloist fully in command, both technically and musically, of these extremely complex scores, this is a release to be savored. Were we never to have another recording of these works made by another orchestra and soloist, Lindberg’s reputation as a composer would forever be well served by the present forces. For those who enjoy contemporary music, this is a must. For those who think they do not, this is even more highly recommended; the Violin Concerto, in particular, provides one of the finest and most recent examples of how a composer can still take his impetus from a well-worn genre, using his own very personal language in creating something exciting, fresh, and new. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

David Fanning
Gramophone, November 2013

Lindberg’s Violin Concerto of 2006 is the standout work in this latest instalment of his output from Ondine. It manages to balance substance with style, and poetry with virtuosity…

Credit to the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Ondine’s excellent recording for presenting this and the other works on the disc in the best possible light. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, October 2013

That talented family of Finnish music makers, the Kuusistos…[are]…represented in these pages by youngest son Pekka, who’s both soloist and conductor for the concerto. Along with the Tapiola Sinfonietta he delivers a performance of this intricate score, which edges out the only other version on disc of six years ago. The composer picks up the baton for the remaining two selections giving us what will probably be definitive readings of them for years to come.

…the recordings are demonstration quality. They project an immaculately appointed soundstage ideally tailored to the forces gathered in this superb venue.

The Ondine engineers have perfectly captured and balanced the many solo passages in these intricate scores against the rest of the orchestra. Not only that, the instrumental timbre is lifelike with translucent highs, a musical midrange, and rock-bottom transient bass. As far as conventional CDs go, audiophiles will be hard-pressed to find a better symphonic test disc. © 2013 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

Stephen Smoliar, August 2013

The violin concerto…tends to impress the listener more through the interplay of the solo violin voice with a rich but transparent texture of many other diverse sonorities. That interplay seems to peregrinate through a variety of different rhetorical stations. The resulting discourse is, for the most part, uniquely Lindberg’s own…

Each of [the] pieces…yields its own strikingly individual sonorities, providing an engaging sampling of Lindberg’s approach to working with instrumental diversity on the scale of a chamber orchestra. © 2013 Read complete review

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