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David Cutler
Fanfare, July 2017

This is a modern-sounding work, played very tightly by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and it packs a bit of a punch. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Patrick Hanudel
American Record Guide, May 2017

Estonian maestro Olari Elts leads the Helsinki Philharmonic in this unusual program with two distinguished guest soloists: Hungarian baritone Michael Nagy and Finnish clarinetist Kari Kriikku. The performances are very good and very moving. Elts and the Helsinki Philharmonic are fully professional, giving each work the skill, insight, and brilliance associated with the world’s great orchestras. Nagy is magnificent in the Four Serious Songs, filling them with beautiful clarity, excellent diction, and a natural, heartfelt phrasing that flows alongside the weight of the music. The orchestration, too, is logical and organic; Glanert scores them so faithfully that one could easily think Brahms scored them himself. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Stephen Barber
MusicWeb International, April 2017

The performances all seem to me exemplary. Michael Nagy sings well; he has a rich fruity baritone and he really projects the words. The final song in its orchestral version sounds like a riposte to Alberich’s renunciation of love which sets the tragedy of Wagner’s Ring in motion. Karl Kriikku is a kind of modern Mühlfeld, having inspired a number of concertos and other works for his instrument from Scandinavian composers. He knows his way round the Brahms, a core work for the instrument. Olari Elts and the Helsinki Philharmonic sound thoroughly inside the idiom, or combination of idioms. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Erica Jeal
The Guardian, January 2017

Conducted by Olari Elts, the Helsinki Philharmonic packs a sense of epic scale into its 11 minutes. © 2017 The Guardian Read complete review

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