Kalle Puolakka

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (11 of 12)
Location: Helsinki, Finland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 493,089 - Total Helpful Votes: 11 of 12
Lindberg:  Arena 2; Coyote Blu ~ Avanti! Chamber Orchestra; Sak
Lindberg: Arena 2; Coyote Blu ~ Avanti! Chamber Orchestra; Sak
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of life!, Aug. 26 2003
Short descriptions can be illuminating, but the other reviewer's remark is just dreadful and doesn't tell anything about the quality of Lindberg's music. Every composer in a way rewrites again the music of the past, but great composers like Lindberg, do this imaginitively and ingenuously. These are great works for chamber orchestra and they show how full of small life Linberg's scores are. He can also write exciting music for various solo-instruments.
And Finland isn't in the Baltic.
Das Rheingold Comp ~ Richard Wagner
Das Rheingold Comp ~ Richard Wagner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Rhinegold is a very nice opera if you have superstitions about Wagner's operas. The music is very intensive and sometimes even entertaining and it doesn't contain long quiet arias or duets like some other Wagner operas. Solti's Ring-cycle is a classic but with so many other alternatives it's reasonable to ask is it the one you should buy. At the end, I don't find it the best choice.
Solti has one great advantage. Namely, unbelievable singers, who outnumber all of the singers on modern versions. The overture starts well and the strings have rarely sounded this striking and colorful. The string section must be huge because you can never hear it played like this in the opera house. Scene… Read more
Semyon Kotko: Comp ~ Sergei Prokofiev
Semyon Kotko: Comp ~ Sergei Prokofiev
At the end of the thirties Prokofiev was distressed because his pieces didn't seem to become that popular. He thought of fixing this by composing a Soviet opera that will please the general public and composed Semyon Kotko. You can hear the composer's intentions in the music, which is very melodic and easily approachable. It lacks the dramatic effects of Fiery Angel and it really doesn't have the same quality of playfulness as Betrothal in a Monastery. And you should remember that Prokofiev isn't trying to be ironic and there are no secret messages in the style of Shostakovich. The story is quite simple and not very gripping apart from the dramatic end of the third act. The characters are… Read more