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Performer: Leif Segerstam

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Müller-Berghaus opera given world première in Turku

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Die Kalewainen in Pochjola, the epic opera by Karl Mueller-Berghaus, both of which you have never heard of but should not be missed, staged in Turku, Finland. 
*****
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Gripping musical storytelling in Lahti

The Finnish forests, the creation of the world and a mythical hero were vividly brought to life in the opening concert of the 15th Sibelius Festival in Lahti
*****
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A Finnish swan song at Savonlinna

Matti Salminen and conductor Leif Segerstam come together, probably for the last time, to give us an excellent evening's opera which touched the heart of Boris Godunov – a Finnish swan song as potent as anything penned by Sibelius.
****1
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Bruckner: the long and short of it

Segerstam elicits oustanding playing from the BBCSO in an immense Bruckner 8, preceded by the BBC Singers exquisite Bruckner motets.
*****
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The Philharmonia Orchestra in Sibelius, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky

As I listened to the opening work in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s concert on Tuesday night, I couldn’t help thinking that Sibelius’ tone poem Night Ride and Sunrise is the musical equivalent of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
***11
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