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MADETOJA, L.: Symphony No. 2 / Kullervo / Elegy (Helsinki Philharmonic, Storgards)

Composer(s):Madetoja, Leevi
Artist(s) Storgards, John, Conductor • Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue ODE1212-2
Label Ondine
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
CD
USD 16.99
 

 
MP3
USD 9.99
 

 

   




Review By Roger Hecht,American Record Guide,May 2013

John Storgards’s big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup to war and the war itself, as well as the romanticism and landscape painting that are built into this score. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass are firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work’s various moods. ©

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Review By Roger Hecht,American Record Guide,May 2013

John Storgards’s big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup to war and the war itself, as well as the romanticism and landscape painting that are built into this score. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass are firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work’s various moods. ©

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Review By Roger Hecht,American Record Guide,May 2013

John Storgards’s big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup to war and the war itself, as well as the romanticism and landscape painting that are built into this score. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass are firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work’s various moods. ©

more....

Review By Roger Hecht,American Record Guide,May 2013

John Storgards’s big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup to war and the war itself, as well as the romanticism and landscape painting that are built into this score. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass are firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work’s various moods. ©

more....

Review By Roger Hecht,American Record Guide,May 2013

John Storgards’s big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup to war and the war itself, as well as the romanticism and landscape painting that are built into this score. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass are firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work’s various moods. ©

more....

Review By Roger Hecht,American Record Guide,May 2013

John Storgards’s big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup to war and the war itself, as well as the romanticism and landscape painting that are built into this score. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass are firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work’s various moods. ©

more....

Review By Roger Hecht,American Record Guide,May 2013

John Storgards’s big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup to war and the war itself, as well as the romanticism and landscape painting that are built into this score. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass are firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work’s various moods. ©

more....

Review By Roger Hecht,American Record Guide,May 2013

John Storgards’s big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup to war and the war itself, as well as the romanticism and landscape painting that are built into this score. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass are firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work’s various moods. ©

more....

Review By Roger Hecht,American Record Guide,May 2013

John Storgards’s big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup to war and the war itself, as well as the romanticism and landscape painting that are built into this score. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass are firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work’s various moods. ©

more....

Review By Roger Hecht,American Record Guide,May 2013

John Storgards’s big, powerful reading does a fine job of catching the ominous leadup to war and the war itself, as well as the romanticism and landscape painting that are built into this score. He uses a fair amount of rubato and exerts a strong pull on lines and textures without interfering with the flow. Textures are well blended, and save for the long oboe and horn solos in the second half of I, he sees this as a big orchestra piece that offers varying layers and colors to achieve a whole. Brass are firm and woodwinds have a fitting round sound. He and the excellent Helsinki Philharmonic supply plenty of weight to leave no doubt this is a war symphony and do so without being heavy. The performances also shifts gears nicely between the work’s various moods. ©

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