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Early Music Today
'The experiment is an interesting one...Cellists especialy will encounter much to intrgue them and will find of interest Luolajan-Mikkola's accompanying essay dealing with tuning issues and other important matters for the would-be transcriber.'
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ABC
'Luolajan-Mikkola has carried out this feat not only with great technical strength, but with a talent and a musicality...that it is easy to forget the instrument for which it was originally written.'
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Klassisk Musikkmagasin
5 Stars
”...ga min nøling etter for beundring og verdsetting...Spillet og innspillingen er begge lytefrie.” / '...my hesitation gave way to admiration and appreciation...The performance and the recording are both flawless.'
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Hi-Fi+
'The musicality of Luolajan-Mikkola's performance commands respect as does the sheer dexterity of his playing, especially in his magisterial account, for example, of the Presto in the Partita No 1 in E minor. It is such an exuberant display that we are left almost breathless with excitement...'
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Fanfare
'Markku Luolajan-Mikkola's transcription of these works succeeds so beautifully...'
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Fanfare
'This is an outstanding disc with some absolutely phenomenal playing.'
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Fanfare
'Luolajan-Mikkola's playing is magical and he coaxes an amazing range of resonant sounds from his cello....The beauty of this interpretation is its contemplative spirit. He brings out the details that even Bach enthusiasts may never have noticed.'
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The Strad
'... Markku Luolajan-Mikkola has risen to the challenge, and carries off this technical tour de force with impressive strength and dexterity.'
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The Guardian
'...Sarabandes sung low and husky, unadorned, flawed and beautiful.'
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Irish Times
'Bach with a difference...a darkening of tone and a thickening of textures...'
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HBL
'Markku Luolajan-Mikkola spelar Bachs soloviolinstycken på barockcello och tolkar musiken suveränt.' / 'Markku Luolajan-Mikkola plays solo violin works by Bach with a baroque cello and interprets the music splendidly.'
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Ming Pao Weekly
Chinese Review: 'Luolajan-Mikkola offers a marvelous transcription of the sonatas-partitas, and that it’s enough to listen to your playing without the explanation of why to do such transcription.'
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Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas - Gramophone


01 May 2016
Gramophone
Andrew Everard

'...a delicious richness to the sound of the solo instrument...'
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