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Phillip Scott
Fanfare, March 2016

…[Soile Isokoski’s] voice is clear and silvery in tone color, especially in the high register. Her major strength, well suited to Strauss, is her legato.

Storgårds and the Helsinki Orchestra add a beautiful accompaniment… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2016

…Isokoski’s voice is a magnificent instrument, sharply focused yet richly nuanced, and able to penetrate beyond the surface of a song direct to its core.

…John Storgårds leads the Helsinki Philharmonic in accompaniments that seem to take on the same timbres and tonal characteristics of Isokoski’s voice. A beautiful recording all in all, and recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Steven Kruger
Fanfare, January 2016

A lovely surprise on the CD is the last song, Duparc’s Chanson Triste. It has just the touch of heartbreak in it to put a catch in your throat. And Duparc’s Invitation au voyage sets sail on palpable seas. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Robert A Moore
American Record Guide, January 2016

Storgårds shapes the music clearly. His approach to the Berlioz emphasizes its chamber music qualities. The orchestra plays with precision and elegance, particularly in the Berlioz. Fewer current recording are available of Chausson’s Poeme, so this offers an opportunity to hear that ravishing music, which the orchestra plays with appropriate lushness. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Henson Keys
Opera News, December 2015

[Isokoski’s] rock solid technique and interpretive sensitivity are in evidence throughout the disc. She’s capable of ravishing pianos, but when the voice needs to soar above the orchestra, she has ample volume and power with no hint of strain. Her singing is unselfconsciously beautiful. The entire disc benefits from the delicacy, simplicity and lack of mannerism that Isokoski brings to these rich selections. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review

Tim Ashley
Gramophone, October 2015

[Soile Isokoski’s] way with words is subtle and crystal clear, with little sense of interventionist nudging. As always, she aims to let the music speak for itself. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Hans de Groot
The WholeNote, September 2015

Isokoski is at her best in Chausson’s somewhat Wagnerian Poème de l’amour et de la mer. She is generally described as a lyric soprano but she also has the fullness of sound needed to override Chausson’s orchestral textures. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review

Ralph Moore
MusicWeb International, September 2015

Soile Isokoski continues to delight with her silvery lyric soprano.

It is almost amusing that a Nordic orchestra such as the Helsinki Philharmonic under John Storgårds’ relatively restrained but sensitive direction can provide such an authentic facsimile of Gallic sensuousness. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Erica Jeal
The Guardian, August 2015

Soprano Soile Isokoski provides, as ever, a masterclass in smooth line and radiant tone in this disc of French music. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review, August 2015

Isokoski has a strong, warm, involving voice and is skilled at phrasing, all characteristics that contribute to a very fine reading of Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’ été, with excellent support coming from the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under John Storgårds. As a whole, this recital of better-known and less-known French Romantic vocal music is touching, warm and sung and played with considerable involvement. © 2015 Read complete review

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