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Guy Weatherall
Classical Music, September 2019

With playing of refinement and vigour, and interpretations on a grand, symphonic scale, this is one of the most impressive versions of the four Legends in recent years. If Pohjola’s Daughter is not quite in the same league, it makes a welcome bonus on a superbly recorded disc. © 2019 Classical Music

Andrew Mellor
Gramophone, December 2015

…it’s thrilling to hear Sibelius’s most remarkable structures from an orchestra under impassioned leadership that’s probably never sounded better. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, September 2015

The orchestral playing is of the highest quality, and Ondine’s engineering is very clear and open, probably contributing to the transparency of the orchestral texture. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Paul L. Althouse
American Record Guide, September 2015

The performers come to their Sibelius honestly. The evocative, atmospheric mood of the quieter music is well captured, and the excitement of ‘Lemminkäinen’s Return’ and the climax in the development section of Pohjola’s Daughter is thrilling in Ondine’s excellent, clear, well balanced sound. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, July 2015

Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu delivers a fully convincing, yet very personal account of both Lemminkäinen Legends and Pohjola’s Daughter. Excellent orchestral playing and superb sonics consolidate the positive impression. © 2015 Pizzicato

Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, July 2015

For both Pohjola’s Daughter and the Lemminkäinen Legends these performances by Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony mark this Sibelius year in a quite special way. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Steven Kruger
Fanfare, July 2015

This is a lovely recording. Ondine has given Lintu rich, dreamy sound, which he exploits to the full. Lemminkäinen has been lucky in the recording studio. One could not ask for more atmosphere or better sound. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone, July 2015

The first thing to say is that Hannu Lintu obtains a satisfyingly dapper response from his Finnish Radio band. Textures are sifted with skill, chosen tempi are unfailingly judicious and Lintu shows a canny awareness of the bigger scheme. I appreciate the snap and thrust he brings to ‘Lemminkäinen and the Maidens on the Island’, and in ‘The Swan of Tuonela’ he draws some agreeably luminous and breathtakingly hushed sounds from his string choir.

The Ondine engineers provide satisfyingly ample, commendably lifelike sound. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, May 2015

Lintu and the Finnish players obviously take this music very seriously and their performance allows those familiar with Sibelius’ symphonic work to really appreciate how many ideas, personal orchestral gestures, and thematic development approaches would continue to build into the glorious symphonies in the composer’s continued musical development. The performances are richly recorded and the detail is still simply fabulous.

This is a truly marvelous release! © 2015 Cinemusical Read complete review

Graham Williams, May 2015

Overall Lintu adopts a more urgent approach to [the ‘Legends’]…but his account is full of fantasy aligned with firm orchestral discipline. His restrained performance of the celebrated ‘The Swan of Tuonela’ is imbued with a rapt stillness, and the cor anglais solo is well integrated into the orchestral texture rather than being spotlit as in many recordings.

Sibelius’s tone poem ‘Pohjola’s Daughter’ written in 1906 makes an appropriate and welcome fill-up to the main offering on this SACD, and Lintu’s richly detailed reading misses nothing of the work’s epic quality. © 2015 Read complete review

David Hurwitz, May 2015

This is…perfectly idiomatic Sibelius playing and conducting from a team that really knows its stuff. The SACD sonics support the interpretations at every point, never drawing attention to the engineering at the expense of the interpretations, and providing an ideal ambiance within which to enjoy them. Simply excellent. © 2015 Read complete review

Robert Benson, April 2015

This new Ondine issue would seems to have some special authenticity with the Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu leading the country’s fine radio orchestra. The sound is ultra-clear and defined…a worthy presentation of these Sibelius masterpieces. © 2015 Read complete review

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