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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'...this release can hold its own with the best around. Thomas Søndergård's approach conjures a pulsing energy of the kind which seems to well up from within the music itself.'
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Supersonic Award: '...they play with excellent transparency and they give very accurate and diversified accounts of the various works.'
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The Scotsman
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'The opening Nocturne is an absolute gem, serene, evocative, and richly melodic. Søndergård teases out every ounce of quiet passion.'
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All Music
4 Stars
'His approach to Sibelius is dry, deliberate, and focused on transparency and the revelation of inner detail, and in realizing these goals, he draws fine playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'...direct, well-paced, nowhere for the players to hide in the upfront detailed recording.'
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MusicWeb International
'This is a full-throated big hall reading of the Suite which is given a most impressive symphonic impulse. These recordings and readings equate integrity with restraint and warrant being played at a higher than usual volume.'
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Thomas Sondergard - Sibelius: Finlandia - CD Choice


22 June 2018
CD Choice
Barry Forshaw

Admirers of the composer Sibelius have been well served over the years with multiple recordings of the symphonies and tone poems. In fact, the pieces on this disc have enjoyed a dazzling multiplicity of readings – many very distinguished, so something special is required to render any new entries competitive. That special quality is something that Thomas Sondergard and his forces have brought to the table with this very welcome issue. These are performances of immense sensitivity and (where required) dramatic forcefulness – The Oceanides in particular is given one of the most striking readings it has enjoyed in recent years. The sound quality is exemplary.
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