I first heard this piece at the Proms this year, a beautiful piece of programming, coming as it did straight after Mossolov's wildly insane Iron Foundry. I was stunned then by the Symphony No.4's beauty and so snapped up the recording when I saw it this week. I wasn't disappointed. This is just the sort of music we need now. Meditative, quiet, but intense beauty - a real balm for the soul. Try it. Ignore other reviewers who carp on about it's symphonic credentials, just let the work bypass your brain and go straight to the heart. Just as the composer intended I think. You won't regret it and the experience of sublime peace this composer imparts will become a "part" of you very quickly. Stunning performance of the Fragments of Kanon Pokajanen too by his long time collaborator Tonu Kaljuste. Strongly recommended.
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