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Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, May 2016

The performance sounds thought out but not “calculated” and is tautly structured and executed. …The ambience is not icy or cool, but there is a disciplined firmness to it—it’s the kind of Mahler you might expect from a cold climate that requires concentrated energy. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, March 2016

Very expressive playing in the lyrical sections builds into a rousing and affirmative final hymn with very sturdy playing from the Finnish Radio Symphony brass. © 2016 Classical Net Read complete review




Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, March 2016

…an exceptionally fine performance and recording (in surround) from Ondine with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Hannu Lintu conducting.

Lintu has come up with a fine performance here, very thoughtful and dynamic. His first movement is a bit slower than many of the recordings I’ve heard, but it works just fine. The orchestra gives a fine and precise performance, with a lot of energy and emotion. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Steven Kruger
Fanfare, March 2016

…one would judge Lintu a fairly swift conductor who can spring a rhythm. That’s certainly evident here.…The woodwind calls are unusually real—they manage to peck and flutter the way birds actually do—a triumph of the sense of music “in real time.”…here and there some beautiful balances make nature glow. Everything always moves well. The orchestra is well recorded, heard as a stream with plenty of back channel ambience… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, February 2016

Lintu captures the atmosphere of the first movement well with unhurried tempos and due attention to dynamics. The many woodwind solos wonderfully portray the natural elements, and then Lintu really lets rip at the end. He adopts what to me are perfect tempos for the second movement Ländler, keeping the folk elements to the fore and with rusticity and lightness… Lintu treats the delicate trio with simplicity and does not over-milk its sentiment. Also, Lintu observes all the repeats here and throughout the symphony…

While there are many excellent recordings available of Mahler’s First Symphony, I have no hesitation in ranking this at or near the top. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Gutman
Gramophone, January 2016

…Lintu presents a compellingly fresh and clear-eyed account of the definitive four-movement score.

Everything is so precisely calibrated that we imagine the music plays itself. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Infodad.com, December 2015

Blumine…is handled gently and pleasantly, with fine solo trumpet work by Jouko Harjanne. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, December 2015

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra plays with compelling energy and color, and the extraordinary depth of the audiophile recording makes this an extremely attractive presentation. © 2015 Allmusic.com Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, November 2015

Hannu Lintu’s gripping account of Mahler’s First Symphony is detailed, dramatic and sensual as well, convincingly pointing out the atmospheric differences with the terrific help of an outstanding orchestra and a sound engineer who made one of the best sound recordings I have heard in recent months. © 2015 Pizzicato





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