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Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, June 2014

This…recording features the Finnish National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, along with thirteen soloists, all under the direction of Ulf Söderblum. Whatever thoughts the listener may have about watching the narrative acted out on the stage, the listening experience itself is compellingly engaging. © 2014 Examiner.com Read complete review



Andrew Mellow
Gramophone, June 2013

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO…The Kalevala # 1

The score is full of Sallinen’s trademark patterning and atmosphere, with a Wagnerian churn, a JanáĨekian way with the narrative’s dramatic flashpoints and a compelling theatrical unity. There are masterstrokes of musical imagination at almost every turn, none seeming out of place and each informed so clearly by the text. Most of all, you feel the depth and resonance of the complete work… © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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