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Andrew Mellor
Gramophone, May 2017

The score is so effective precisely because of its ambiguity—what it doesn’t do. Things happen in Tapiola, but we can never quite be sure of what they are, even if we do surely hear the essence of light and wind (this is where Segerstam excels). The score’s final descent into the major, the forest turned friend, tells us why Sibelius built his villa Ainola in the woods. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, July 2012

This performance has several things going for it…the sheer texture and timbre of the string playing here leaves just about every other version in the dust….Segerstam has the gift of touching in subtle details of color and rhythm without breaking the back of a phrase. You can hear this immediately at the start of Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of Saari…

None of this would matter were the interpretations not outstanding expressively, but they certainly are. The Swan has atmosphere to burn, with a superb English horn solo; and the finale, Lemminkäinen’s Return, is tremendously exciting but weighty enough to serve as a true symphonic finale. The whole production is magnificently recorded, and topped off by a considerable bonus in the form of a slow, brooding, incredibly intense rendering of Tapiola. A great disc. © 2012 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review





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