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Andrew Aronowicz
Limelight, October 2016

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s sound is rich and incredibly lustrous. Lindberg’s scores are full of complexity, the music transforming from rapid, sparkling filigree to broad, sweeping melody, which Hannu Lintu manages with great sensitivity and control. © 2016 Limelight Read complete review



Max Christie
The WholeNote, September 2016

…wonderful workouts for the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu. Everything seems so sensibly written, I’m willing to bet the musicians love to play it no matter the difficulty. The writing is starkly sectional with bracing shifts of tempo and character. Cloudy swatches of spectral writing are blown clear by woodwind flourishes and massive brass chords. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review




Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, September 2016

Three recent works by the ever amazing Magnus Lindberg. Less interested by the music’s opulence, Hannu Lintu discovers new aspects by a more archaic and accentuated approach. A great recording! © 2016 Pizzicato



Stephen Johnson
BBC Music Magazine, August 2016

Performance:
Recording:

…all is surging ardour, saluting Debussy, Strauss, the early Schoenberg, with a Tristanesque languishing four-note figure lighting the path through luscious thickets.

…this is a sensuous feast. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine



David W Moore
American Record Guide, July 2016

The recorded sound is remarkably clear, and the performances are most effective. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Hubert Culot
MusicWeb International, May 2016

…the performances are simply superb and the recording is truly magnificent. It sounds quite spectacular even when heard on a ‘traditional’ CD player… © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, April 2016

Herra Karttunen’s cello is perfectly captured and highlighted against the FRSO. The overall orchestral timbre in all three play modes is very natural sounding with pleasing highs, a lifelike midrange, and clean low bass. © 2016 Classical Lost & Found Read complete review



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, April 2016

This is a quite magnificent outpouring of ideas, fabulously orchestrated. It is given a terrific performance by Hannu Lintu and his Finnish players.

This is another remarkably fine work that brings a feeling of tremendous organic growth. © 2016 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review




Robert Moon
Audiophile Audition, April 2016

Magnus Lindberg is clearly one of the most significant of several major living Finnish composers. Throughout this stunningly performed and recorded disc, Lindberg shines as one of the most brilliant orchestrators of symphonic music of our time. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, April 2016

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Hannu Lintu, and the listening experience is nothing less than a great treat.

This is definitely an album that will leave one with no end of positive thoughts about listening to new music. © 2016 Examiner.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2016

‘I eventually realised that everything goes back to the foundations of Schoenberg and Stravinsky—how could music have ever taken another road?’ writes Lindberg. Those words date back to the close of 2012, all of the present disc devoted to works written since 2009, and at a time when his scores were taking on a softer hue, though activity is still paramount in his creativity with the use of rich orchestral tonal colours always fundamental. Indeed it is his treatment of a full spectrum of sounds that makes Al largo immediately grab attention, the central explosion of colour reinforced by a massive timpani outburst. The work has no programme, though Lindberg explains that below the surface activity there is a slow moving undercurrent, the title in Italian also meaning being ‘out at sea’. It was completed in 2010, two years before Era written to a commission from the Concertgebouw Orchestra to mark its 125th birthday. That birthday brought to Lindberg the thought of looking back to music when the orchestra was created, though I guess you will find little correlation apart from short fragments from yesteryear that tantalisingly appear throughout. The Second Cello Concerto is an extended and orchestrated version of the cello and piano piece, Santa Fe Project. In three movements or sections, the work is continuous and is scored for a small orchestra so that the soloist is never obscured. It is not a showpiece, though the cellist seldom has a break, the second movement cadenza striking in its originality. Premiered by the disc’s soloist, Anssi Karttunen, his superb playing adds much to the desirability of one of the finest 21st century music discs I have encountered. Fabulous sound quality. © 2016 David’s Review Corner



Andrew Mellor
Gramophone, March 2016

Fine performances, and a composer who never disappoints. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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