Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

“The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra is a splendid body indeed: scrupulous in ensemble, refined in tone, almost aristocratic." (The Times)

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172
Viola Frankenfeld +49 (0)89 6797 10484

Overview

For over 10 years HarrisonParrott has been intrinsic in formulating an international touring strategy to enhance the reputation and standing of this fine orchestra.

Each season the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra give concerts throughout Europe and further afield, and in autumn 2011 unveiled the stunning new concert hall in Helsinki, the Musikkitalo.

Hannu Lintu took over as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2013/14 season, and since then HarrisonParrott has managed a number of tours for them, including a tour to Spain and Italy in 2013 and to Frankfurt and Vienna Musikverein in January 2014. 2015 included a tour to Asia (China and Japan), while in 2016 they toured Austria with

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For over 10 years HarrisonParrott has been intrinsic in formulating an international touring strategy to enhance the reputation and standing of this fine orchestra.

Each season the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra give concerts throughout Europe and further afield, and in autumn 2011 unveiled the stunning new concert hall in Helsinki, the Musikkitalo.

Hannu Lintu took over as Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2013/14 season, and since then HarrisonParrott has managed a number of tours for them, including a tour to Spain and Italy in 2013 and to Frankfurt and Vienna Musikverein in January 2014. 2015 included a tour to Asia (China and Japan), while in 2016 they toured Austria with concerts at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Salzburg Großes Festspielhaus and in Innsbruck - during which the orchestra played the Austrian premiere of John Adams’ new violin concerto with Leila Josefowicz.

In 2017 the orchestra went on tour to Russia to mark the celebration of the centenary of Finland’s independence, performing three concerts in Moscow, Vyborg and Saint Petersburg.

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Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172
Viola Frankenfeld +49 (0)89 6797 10484

Reviews

“With this recording Hannu Lintu signs truly great performances, deeply inspired, highly colourful and evocative. In the songs orchestrated by Aulis Sallinen Anne-Sofie von Otter’s singing is very atmospheric and the orchestra becomes a new narrative function. Outstanding!” (Pizzicato, October 2017)

“Ending with the "grande joie" of the finale, this is a performance of distinctive, evocative character, full of pertinent, dramatic incident and structured with confidence and vigour.” (The Telegraph, July 2014)

“As this wonderful movement unfolds, there’s also a tendency to give accents and phrase-openings more emphasis than the score implies – fortunately not enough to disfigure Lintu’s sweeping and tightly focused command of one surging paragraph after another.” (classical-music.com, July 2015)

“The Finnish orchestra is an impressive instrument: it has a range of sound that in the fortes can reach fever pitch, and further to an extraordinary quality of playing, they offer their own sound – something that is highly sought-after today in an orchestra.” (Diario de Noticias, May 2013)

“With this recording Hannu Lintu signs truly great performances, deeply inspired, highly colourful and evocative. In the songs orchestrated by Aulis Sallinen Anne-Sofie von Otter’s singing is very atmospheric and the orchestra becomes a new narrative function. Outstanding!” (Pizzicato, October 2017)

“Ending with the "grande joie" of the finale, this is a performance of distinctive, evocative character, full of pertinent, dramatic incident and structured with confidence and vigour.” (The Telegraph, July 2014)

“As this wonderful movement unfolds, there’s also a tendency to give accents and phrase-openings more emphasis than the score implies – fortunately not enough to disfigure Lintu’s sweeping and tightly focused command of one surging paragraph after another.” (classical-music.com, July 2015)

“The Finnish orchestra is an impressive instrument: it has a range of sound that in the fortes can reach fever pitch, and further to an extraordinary quality of playing, they offer their own sound – something that is highly sought-after today in an orchestra.” (Diario de Noticias, May 2013)

“It can’t get more soulful than that. The strings demonstrated a wide range of colours, with stunning pianissimo passages – what a touching way to bring the Festival to an end.“ (Bonner Rundschau, October 2011)

“Only a work with a soundworld as rich as Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony could follow this. The two timpanists positioned to the right and left performed brilliantly in the warring duel, with the strings whipped up into a frenzy and the horns delivering a broad and full-bodied sound. Conductor Oramo masterfully rode the wave of euphoria. An encore from their native land – a delicate and placid work by Sibelius – was the perfect encore to bring us down from this high. An afternoon that left an indelible impression.” (Ruhr Nachrichten, May 2011)

“This great orchestra from the far north left us with an incredible impression of its organic development in the Central European style. The string sound could not have been more lush or blended and the brass displayed a radiant vitality under the leadership of chief conductor, Sakari Oramo.” (Frankfurter Rundschau, May 2011)

“This was always going to be one of the season's high-spots, and it even surpassed expectations…With the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo judging the instrumental textures and colours so sensitively, this performance was utterly spell-binding.” (The Telegraph, August 2006)