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  Sibelius: Luonnotar; Orchestral Songs
Soile Isokoski (soprano), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, cond Leif Segerstam

"Sibelius's songs are still under-exposed, their settings in Finnish and Swedish perhaps creating a language barrier, but the programme here, ranging through some of the best of them, shows that emotion can transcend language. They are sung by Isokoski with a potent mix of tenderness and passion, a richness of voice and subtle dynamic inflections, with soaring lines beautifully floated and tailored."--Geoffrey Norris,

2007  disc of the year--BBC Music Magazine


  Soile Isokoski & Maria Viitasalo
Wigmore Hall Live
Music by Jean Sibelius, Richard Strauss, George Gershwin, Oskar Merikanto, Alban Berg
  Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs; Orchestral Songs

"If you like Strauss, you must hear this. And if you know one of those music-lovers who think no-one's done anything worth hearing in the Four Last Songs since Schwartzkopf [sic] and Szell in '66, make them listen to Isokoski. It could be the best thing that happens to them all year."--Andrew McGregor for

The Ondine recording of soprano Soile Isokoski singing Richard Strauss's Orchestral Songs, including the
Vier letze Lieder, was voted Classical Album of the Year for 2002 by the users of the BBC's website, reports Helsingin Sanomat.