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Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, May 2016

…the Turku strings are a delight to hear… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, April 2016

Kuula’s music has gotten a bit of attention recently, …and certainly Segerstam and the Turku Philharmonic play the music as well as, or better than, any of the competition. © 2016 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, March 2016

The two suites (1901 and 1913) display some good musical landscaping and are well orchestrated. The ‘Rain in the Forest’ section could be a clinic for musical impressionism. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




David Barker
MusicWeb International, December 2015

It is to be regretted that Kuula’s orchestral output amounts to little more than the four works presented here, so enjoyable are they. While they certainly show the influence of Sibelius—how could any Finnish composer of that era not—Kuula definitely has his own voice. © 2015 MusicWeb International




Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, December 2015

The music of Kuula really deserves revival, and this release includes nearly all of the orchestral music in superb performances and recording. Even those who bought the earlier Dutton release should listen to this new disc as well. © 2015 MusicWeb International



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, November 2015

The performances by Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Leif Segerstam make a strong case for the music and the download is very good. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, October 2015

Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra based in Southwest Finland give us authoritative, sensitive renditions of their countryman’s music.

…the orchestral timbre is in on the bright side, with a pleasant midrange and clean bass. © 2015 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2015

Beautiful music with an organic, unbroken flow of melodic ideas in a romantic style, brilliantly performed by Segerstam’s Turku Philharmonic. © 2015 Pizzicato



Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, October 2015

[Segerstam’s] certainly immersed in Kuula’s music, which he shapes and projects with obvious care and affection. The Turku orchestra play well for him, and Ondine’s recording is excellent. …Segerstam is both sensitive and proportionate. Gorgeous. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, October 2015

…the playing and the recording are both superlatively good. For those who…have an interest in Finnish music of the early twentieth century, this disc is an absolute must; and its contents, comprising as they do all of Kuula’s purely orchestral scores, have an obvious attraction in their own right. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, October 2015

It is good to have these attractive works available in such fine, idiomatic recordings especially as Leif Segerstam and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra receive a first rate recording. © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review




David Barker
MusicWeb International, September 2015

…the Turku Philharmonic has this style of music in its blood.

The more I listen to this, the more I have enjoyed it, and I can see it ending up on the shortlist for my Recordings of the Year. What a shame there is not much more in Kuula’s orchestral oeuvre. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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