Finnish Radio Sym. Archive

*********** MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ********** MAHLER: Sym. No. 1 / Blumine – Finnish Radio Sym. Orch. / Hannu Lintu – Ondine

*********** MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH ********** MAHLER: Sym. No. 1 / Blumine – Finnish Radio Sym. Orch. / Hannu Lintu – Ondine

* MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 / Blumine – Finnish Radio Sym. Orch. / Hannu Lintu – Ondine ODE 1264-5 multichannel 5.0 SACD, 62:33 [Distr. by Naxos]  (10/30/15) *****: A first class performance and recording of this symphony. Do we need yet another Mahler Symphony No. 1? We do need this one, which is an exceptionally fine performance and recording (in surround) from Ondine with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Hannu Lintu conducting. The Finnish group has done an acclaimed Sibelius recording, and I wondered if Mahler was right for this group of fine musicians. I can state categorically that they are. Mahler originally planned the First Symphony to be a 5 movement tone poem, with the extra movement, called the Blumine, incorporated into the composition. I’ve heard the symphony with the Blumine movement inside as the second movement, and also separately, which is the way it is done here. I think playing the Blumine after the four movement symphony as a separate work seems to be the most sensible presentation, but some will differ. Lintu has come up with a fine performance here, very thoughtful and dynamic. His first movement is a bit slower than many of the recordings I’ve heard, […]

* BERIO: Calmo; Quattro version originali della Ritirata Notturna di Madrid di L. Boccherini; Sinfonia – Virpi Raisanen, mezzo-sop./ Mirjam Solomon & Annika Fuhrmann, sop./ Jutta Seppinen, Pasi Hyokki, altos/ Simo Makinen, Paavo Hyokki, tenors/ Taavi Oramo, Sampo Haapaniemi, basses/ Finnish Radio Sym. Orch./ Hannu Lintu – Ondine

* BERIO: Calmo; Quattro version originali della Ritirata Notturna di Madrid di L. Boccherini; Sinfonia – Virpi Raisanen, mezzo-sop./ Mirjam Solomon & Annika Fuhrmann, sop./ Jutta Seppinen, Pasi Hyokki, altos/ Simo Makinen, Paavo Hyokki, tenors/ Taavi Oramo, Sampo Haapaniemi, basses/ Finnish Radio Sym. Orch./ Hannu Lintu – Ondine

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A bona fide masterpiece is given a bona fide mastery reading.