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Em Marshall-Luck
MusicWeb International, July 2017

This SACD recording by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor John Storgårds brings out most beautifully the lush, rich, luxuriant harmonies of the work, as if both conductor and orchestra are revelling in the sumptuous opulence of the orchestration. Recorded at the Helsinki Music Centre, the sound has a warmth that suits the work extremely well, resulting in a splendidly lavish and generous performance, in which the conductor neither rushes, nor falls into the trap of indulging too much and consequently dragging. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, July 2015

Storgårds’s interpretation of both works is excellent… His view of The Mermaid is particularly broad and grandiose. With Ondine’s great SACD sound, you scarcely miss a detail. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Steven Kruger
Fanfare, July 2015

 John Storgårds is very good at unraveling the music… The recorded sound is full and enveloping… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, June 2015

Ondine’s analytically transparent recording and John Storgårds’s measured approach bring the opulent textures of Die Seejungfrau closer to the Expressionist sound world…than previous recordings… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, June 2015

John Storgårds does a commendable job of pacing the orchestra through the course of a rather long work, getting the various moods just right and managing the tricky general pause following the drum whack in II and the even trickier luftpause before the hymn in III with sufficient composure to pull them both off. © 2015 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review




Guy Wagner
Pizzicato, May 2015

First recordings of the newest available critical edition of Die Seejungfrau and Sinfonietta. The performances are transparent, precise and intellectually grounded… © 2015 Pizzicato




Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle, May 2015

ravishing performance here by John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic… © 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Read complete review



Infodad.com, April 2015

The symphonic fantasy The Mermaid (Die Seejungfrau)…absolutely demands warm, effusive tone and an orchestra able to play this work as if it had been written by Richard Strauss… The Helsinki players rise to the occasion from start to finish, and Storgårds’ interpretation has all the sweep, drama, passion and intensity that the music demands—which is to say, quite a lot. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, April 2015

…fine performances…recorded in fine sound. © 2015 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review




Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, March 2015

A showpiece it is, full of romantic delirium and colorful orchestration. What I do find fascinating is the sleuthwork, detailed in the fine print of the liner notes. Zemlinsky is lucky to have such champions, who often face insurmountable obstacles. © 2015 The Buffalo News Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, March 2015

Zemlinsky’s Die Seejungfrau has been recorded at least seven times, but this newcomer has some special qualities. It is without question the most gorgeously played and opulently engineered, which is saying a lot. After all, Chailly and the Concertgebouw (Decca) aren’t exactly slouches, and neither for that matter is Zemlinsky authority Antony Beaumont with the Czech Philharmonic (Chandos). So for that reason alone this performance, conducted by Storgards with 100% conviction and confidence, is worth having. © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Graham Williams
SA-CD.net, March 2015

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John Storgårds and his excellent Helsinki players bring a Straussian sweep to the piece (Seejungfrau) with orchestral playing that is both rich and detailed.

A most recommendable release. © 2015 SA-CD.net Read complete review





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