Archives de l’auteur : Derek Ho

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A Pettersson double-header with Christian Lindberg and the Norrköping Symphony

Christian Lindberg brought out the epic, almost Bruckner-like grandeur in the brass in Allan Pettersson's Symphony No. 15. In the early 1990s the Swedish record label BIS began an ambitious project ...
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The Finnish RSO celebrates Magnus Lindberg

Any given Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra performance of Lindberg's music is both idiomatic and definitive.  Throughout his long and distinguished career as a composer of orchestral music, the Finnish RSO, Lindberg's hometown ...
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Raretés chambristes au festival du lac Tuusula en Finlande par John Storgårds

Pour les festivals de l'été finlandais, les mélomanes ont l'embarras du choix : des festivals de tous les styles et de tous les formats sont organisés dans tout le pays ...
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Intensity and commitment: John Storgårds and the Kamus Quartet play Pettersson

Pettersson requires superhuman concentration and virtuosity from the soloist and this is exactly what John Storgårds brought to the table. Like elsewhere in the classical music world, summer in Finland marks ...
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Love at first sight : Nicholas Collon and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

After the second date, it looks like the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Collon have a beautiful relationship ahead of them. The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) has had a ...
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Coup de foudre à Helsinki : Nicholas Collon et l’Orchestre de la radio finlandaise

Après leur deuxième rendez-vous, il semble que l'Orchestre symphonique de la radio finlandaise et Nicholas Collon aient une belle relation devant eux. L'Orchestre symphonique de la radio finlandaise a connu un ...
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Gustavo Gimeno in Britten and Shostakovich with the Finnish RSO

One of the most immediately appealing aspects of cellist Tomas Nuñez-Garcés' performance was his understated confidence and assured virtuosity. Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich were two of the greatest composers of ...
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Osmo Vänskä’s Americana with the Helsinki Philharmonic

Soloist Jonathan Roozeman handled Barber's fearsome technical demands with ease, particularly the seemingly inhuman left-hand acrobatics required in the outer movements.  One of the highlights of the current Helsinki Philharmonic season is the focus ...
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Relishing the extremes : Hannu Lintu in Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 with the Finnish RSO

Both Lintu and the orchestra pulled out all the stops in the sprawling final movement.  The winters are long and dark in Finland. Coincidence or not, Mahler's Symphony No. 6, the composer's ...
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Christian Lindberg dans les Symphonies 5 et 7 d’Allan Pettersson

A l'instar des autres interprétations de cette série, Christian Lindberg fait ressortir chaque détail et chaque couleur de la Symphonie n° 7 d'Allan Pettersson tout en conservant un contrôle total ...
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Intensité claire de Mälkki dans la n° 9 de Mahler à Helsinki

A Helsinki, la vision de Susanna Mälkki sur le dernier chef-d’œuvre qu'a pu achever Gustav Mahler se concentre sur un contrôle serré associé à une intensité claire et non sentimentale. A ...
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In Helsinki, Mälkki’s cool-headed intensity in Mahler’s No. 9

Susanna Mälkki's take on Mahler's final completed masterpiece focused on tight control coupled with clear, unsentimental intensity. Nearing the end of her second year as music director of the Helsinki Philharmonic ...
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Christian Lindberg in Allan Pettersson’s Symphonies No. 5 and 7

Like other releases in this series, Lindberg exposes every detail and every colour in Pettersson’s Symphony No. 7 while maintaining total control over the work’s overall structure. Christian Lindberg and the Norrköping Symphony ...
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Passionate and virtuosic : Tianwa Yang in Britten’s Violin Concerto

Yang brought a devilish and almost unhinged quality to the dancing second movement of Britten's Violin Concerto, which further highlighted her amazing virtuosity. The current Helsinki season has been almost an ...
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The sea in many forms: the Finnish premiere of Matthew Whittall’s piano concerto

Matthew Whittall's new piano concerto, Nameless Seas, was effective in evoking not only literal but also metaphorical feelings of the sea. Respighi is best known for his ecstatically colorful symphonic portraits of Rome, which ...
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Par excellence : Vilde Frang in Britten’s Violin Concerto

Vilde Frang may have some tough competition, but she could just be the interpreter par excellence of Britten's Violin Concerto.  In the past decade or so, frequent performances and new recordings of Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto seem to be solidifying ...
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Ulf Wallin tackles Pettersson’s massive Violin Concerto No. 2

Christian Lindberg made a thoroughly convincing argument of the inherent drama of Pettersson's music while emphasizing the fact that there is ultimately a song informing the music.  Even in his native ...
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Top class : Renée Fleming and Sakari Oramo at the Helsinki Festival

This evening's performance of Nielsen's Symphony No. 2 provided further evidence that the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra belongs in the top echelon of the world's great orchestras.  Sakari Oramo is currently Chief Conductor ...
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Finnish premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto

At least on this first hearing, Salonen's new Cello Concerto seemed confident and uncertain at the same time. This evening's concert marked the opening of Esa-Pekka Salonen's second season as Artist-in-Association with the Finnish National ...
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Men and Women : Allan Pettersson’s Symphony No. 6 in ballet form

Men and Women by Antoine Jully, chief choreographer of the Oldenburg ballet, on Allan Pettersson's Symphony n°6 expresses a wide range of emotions between the genders. Jully's reflection of the composer's ...
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Men and Women : la Symphonie n° 6 d’Allan Pettersson mise en ballet

Avec Men and Women sur la Symphonie n° 6 d'Allan Pettersson, Antoine Jully, le chef-chorégraphe français du Ballet d'Oldenburg, exprime de manière impressionnante un large spectre d'émotions sur les relations entre ...
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Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 at Prague Spring

The Prague Philharmonic and Kühn choirs just might have stolen the show with their power, clear diction, and their ability to conjure up countless shades of color. There are certainly many ...
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Sakari Oramo in Elgar’s Symphony No. 2

Sakari Oramo did not hesitate in bringing Elgar's unabashedly passionate and emotional elements to the fore.  During his tenure as principal conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO), Sakari Oramo ...
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Tout est clair avec Christian Lindberg dans la 14e d’Allan Pettersson

Cette nouvelle livraison de la série des symphonies d'Allan Pettersson par Christian Lindberg impressionne encore une fois par la fidélité fanatique à la partition et l'attention obsessionnelle aux détails. Lentement mais ...
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Broadly : Kent Nagano in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8

Nagano's performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8, while abundant in individual highlights, was not quite a fully convincing interpretation of this massive work. Anton Bruckner is arguably the perfect example of ...
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Exploring the depths : Osmo Vänskä in Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4

Osmo Vänskä is unrivaled in his ability (and willingness) to explore the deepest depths of Sibelius' Symphony No. 4.  Osmo Vänskä earned himself and his former band (the Lahti Symphony Orchestra) international recognition ...
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Truls Mørk’s noble Schelomo with the Helsinki Philharmonic

Truls Mørk brought nobility to Schelomo's lamenting qualities. The current, inaugural season of Susanna Mälkki's tenure as music director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (HKO) is focused considerably on 20th-century French orchestral music, which ...
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Herbert Blomstedt in Sibelius and Beethoven

This was undoubtedly one of the great performances of Sibelius' Symphony No. 4. Herbert Blomstedt is approaching his 90th birthday and is showing no signs of slowing down. A quick look at his ...
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Everything in clear focus: Christian Lindberg in Allan Pettersson’s Symphony No. 14

This new release in the series of Allan Pettersson's symphonies by Christian Lindberg impresses once again by fanatical fidelity to the score and obsessive attention to detail. Slowly but surely, Christian Lindberg ...
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Details and the big picture: Christian Lindberg in Pettersson’s Symphony No. 5

In Petterson’s Symphony No. 5, Lindberg shaped and controlled the latent tension so effectively that the music felt deeply oppressive, almost suffocating in its intensity. Patience is definitely a virtue with ...