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Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, September 2015

[The choir] sound like the real deal in Sibelius…and the Ondine sound is voluptuous. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, September 2015

…the music is inventive and attractive, if not of the same significance as [Sibelius’s] orchestral music. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir…sings beautifully. Mezzo-soprano Jenny Carlstedt and baritone Arttu Kataja, soloists in Rakastava and the op. 23 songs, are both excellent. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Ralph Graves
WTJU, July 2015

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir sings with a steely precision that suits this music. The choir’s crystalline ensemble blend rings true with that inherent Finnish character. © 2015 WTJU Read complete review



Anthony Tommasini
The New York Times, June 2015

If you mostly know Sibelius from his visionary symphonies, you might be surprised by the works on this two-disc set. © 2015 The New York Times Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, May 2015

In truth there was little else on the double set that made much of an impression, although, I had no problem with the excellence of the dedicated performances. The sound quality is clear and well balanced… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, April 2015

There is a fine blend of voices from the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in this finely controlled performance. There are some lovely moments as well as some wonderful handling of the often tricky word setting. Mezzo-soprano Jenny Carlstedt and baritone Arttu Kataja provide fine solo contributions.

This is a most welcome gathering of all of Sibelius’ works for mixed choir. Inevitably there are pieces of less interest but many will surely wish to acquire this fine new set. © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review



Infodad.com, April 2015

The unusual repertoire, the very-high-quality performances, and the exceptionally fine sound of the choir combine to make this release, occasioned by the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’ birth, a genuinely enthralling one for listeners interested in some Sibelius music that is decidedly out of the ordinary. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review



Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, April 2015

Ensemble is always crisp…the recording is well-focused, and the occasional soloists rise out of the mix with ease. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, March 2015

What is particularly striking about this album is the sociability of its content. A cappella choirs tend to form around groups of people who gather simply for the pleasures of making music collectively. As one samples the tracks on these two discs, it is easy to imagine that Sibelius knew those pleasures well and valued them highly. The same can be said for how they are sung by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conducted by Heikki Seppänen.

This is music that comes close to inviting the listener to join in with the singers. © 2015 Examiner.com Read complete review





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