Ondine is pleased to announce the first release of an Enescu cycle with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of its artistic director Hannu Lintu. George Enescu is Romania s most important composer and one of the most neglected composers of the 20th century. Artistic director of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009, Hannu Lintu has rapidly been creating an international career and is a sought-after conductor. Previous work from the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannu Lintu and Ondine include Rautavaara s opera Kaivos (ODE 1174-2) and a recording with works by young Finnish composer Uljas Pulkkis (ODE 1176-2). This release will be the first of an Enescu cycle with Hannu Lintu. Two more featuring, among others, symphonies no. 1 and 3 will follow 2013 and 2014.
This new recording of the Second Symphony is as good as any out there: Hannu Lintu captures both its headlong impetus and its gorgeous languor, and he makes the elliptical Chamber Symphony directly communicative. His Tampere players acquit themselves with honour and the recording is detailed and full. Jim Samson contributes a perceptive booklet note. If you don't know this wonderful music, you should deny yourself that pleasure no longer. --Martin Anderson, International Record Review
The Tampere players seem to relish repertoire that sounds both familiar and unfamiliar. Hannu Lintu directs sympathetic performances… This one's recommended. --Guy Rickards, Gramophone
At once cosmopolitan and nostalgically Romanian, [The Chamber Symphony] is a little masterpiece. 4*/4* --Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine