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Ville Matvejeff; Krystian Lada; Didzis Jaunzems; Karol Kozłowski; Fredrik Zetterström; Helena Juntunen
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From darkness to light: Beethoven 9 in Helsinki

Susanna Mälkki © Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
The traditional end of year performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony took on extra significance in this, his 250th anniversary year. 

BBC Scottish looks to the north for a gripping end to the season

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BBCSSO with Thomas Dausgaard, the Lund Male Choir and soloists gave a thrilling performance of Sibelius’ Kullervo with Finnish folk musicians joining the forces.

Sibelius par le Philharmonia Orchestra

Le 11 juin 2015, sous la baguette de Vladimir Ashkenazy, cinq œuvres de Sibelius étaient au programme du Philharmonia Orchestra, dont la Symphonie n°2. Une exploration originale de la musique du finlandais, soutenue par une interprétation travaillée et réfléchie.

Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia lead Bristol's Sibelius 150 party

The 82-strong Philharmonia Orchestra, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, ruled the roost at one of the highlights of Bristol’s 2014-15 classical music season.

A Finnish Epic with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Continuing with Sibelius, the Sydney Symphony presented another Finnish epic in their latest concert, this time Sibelius’ Kullervo Symphony. However, first of all we were treated to a Ravel masterpiece, his Piano Concerto in D for the left hand.This concerto was commissioned by the pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who had lost his right arm in World War I.

Helena Juntunen makes an impressive Wigmore Hall debut

My first encounter with the Finnish partnership of Helena Juntunen and her accompanist Eveliina Kytömäki was as participants in the 2007 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Back then, I noted how accomplished Helena Juntunen was as a recitalist, whilst Eveliina Kytömäki was an idiomatic and sympathetic pianist who brought out the feeling in all she played.