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"In Mahler's exhilarating Sixth Symphony, both Mäkelä and the orchestra pulled out all the stops  … It was a Mahler full of melodiousness and testosterone; fierce and earthy, in the heavenly vistas less ethereal than imaginable … The final movement, with its nightmarish harps and deadly knocks, was ominous and overwhelming."NRC, Mischa Spel, 20 August 2022 "Have we ever heard {…}
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Oslo Philharmonic – BBC Proms

"Finnish music from mythic forests set us off — Sibelius’s Tapiola. It began with the Oslo strings growling portentously, a deeply satisfying sound from the bass up, aided by Makela’s imaginative placement of the violas on his right, facing the first violins. There were breathtaking pianissimi chords and, towards the end, a violent, startling crescendo. These expressive {…}
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Münchner Philharmoniker

"An ovation for Lisa Batiashvili, who, together with Mäkelä and the orchestra, which was rhythmically and tonally very alert at every moment under his clear direction, impressively fulfilled Shostakovich's concerto in all aspects, from deep sadness and bleak bitterness to crass outbursts of rage and wild raging ... And then Mahler's First: Klaus Mäkelä, with all the versatility {…}
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Sibelius album review – The Times

"Right from the start with the lonely clarinet’s solo in Symphony No 1, you feel the music’s vivid emotions and colouring, soon complemented by singing strings and a body of brass powerful enough to be blasting out Wagner or Bruckner. By the end of this proudly nationalistic symphony, as with Makela’s readings of the Second, the more modernist Fourth, and the one-movement triumph {…}
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Sibelius album review – Klassekampen

"Mäkelä shows a consistent depth in his understanding of Sibelius, which is as much based on intellect as sensuality. When the orchestra responds with sonorous splendor, precision and attentive listening to each other, the result is a new reference recording of the Sibelius symphonies ... and the high quality of the recording gives us every reason to hope that the love affair between {…}
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Orchestre de Paris

"A concert that showed a rare intelligence of conception, even if the composers paired together did not seem to have an obvious relationship. Often, programmes seem to be made up of bits and pieces, with clichéd titles that try to give a why or how to the works proposed. But, for this concert by the Orchestre de Paris with its charismatic conductor Klaus Mäkelä, everything fitted {…}
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