Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10
"Good heavens, this is gorgeous music! ... Rautavaara has come to be known not just as Finland’s greatest composer, but probably the world’s. It’s a reputation effortlessly sustained by this release."
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com March 2000
"First rate performances ... Ashkenazy plays and conducts sympathetically."
Barry Millington - The Times 8 February 2000
Guy Rickards - International Piano Quarterly - Spring 2000
Performance ***** Sound *****
"Thanks to the persuasive advocacy of these artists, (both works) cast quite a spell, in state-of-the-art sound."
Robert Layton - BBC Music Magazine April 2000
"A piano concerto ... that lifts you to ethereal heights."
Rob Cowan - Gramophone - April 2000
The Best of the Year
"My favourite of all year 2000’s best releases that are important ... Ashkenazy leads stunningly cogent and expressive performances of two of the Finnish master’s recent, and finest, orchestral works ... Ondine’s breathtaking recording does full justice to the Helsinki Philharmonic’s vivid playing."
Jed Distler - International Record Review December 2000
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