reviews the Sibelius album:

“Cultured and committed, knowing what to showcase and when to prune, careful to weight, balance and colour, pursuing beauty and tone, mindful of chamber pointing and quasi orchestral texturing, Leif Ove Andsnes has come up with a milestone recording of poetic address, cross-sectioning a repertory from 1890 to 1929 contemporary with the orchestral masterworks from Kullervo to the Seventh Symphony, En Saga to Tapiola. Here is no album of duty, no dusting off of faded Breitkopf or Hansen pages, but a voyage of intimate personal belief and dedication through, as he puts it (referring to the F-sharp minor Sonatina), “a private world, […] almost not for the public, but […] to play for a friend, or even alone.” The experience is revealing, rewarding, cathartic.”

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