The CD "Beat Furrer: Works for Choir and Ensemble" has now been featured on lists of the best recordings of 2016 in three countries: Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Germany), the Sunday Times (UK), Hufvudstadsbladet (Finland), YLE (Finland).
Beat Furrer: Works for Choir and Ensemble
Beat Furrer: enigmas I-VI, voices - still, ...cold and calm and moving
Helsinki Chamber Choir, Uusinta Ensemble, cond. Nils Schweckendiek
Toccata Classics TOCC0360
Tapio Tuomela: Spells
Choral music by Tapio Tuomela
Helsinki Chamber Choir, conducted by Nils Schweckendiek, Eric-Olof Söderström and Hannu Norjanen
Magnus Lindberg: Graffiti, Seht die Sonne
Helsinki Chamber Choir (chorus master: Nils Schweckendiek), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo
08. January 2017
Hufvudstadsbladet, 31 October 2015
The Radio Choir had a reputation for exact but slightly clinical performances, but with the Helsinki Chamber Choir this is blown away. The precision is of course still there, but it is combined with real warmth and, when necessary, the volume is more than enough against a medium-sized orchestra. Berlioz' five-minute Meditation, part of the loosely-connected Tristia triptych, was also performed with feeling and finesse and [Beethoven's] Prometheus Overture sounded crisp and alert under Schweckendiek's purposeful leadership.
Rondo Classic 31.10.2015
In Cherubini's rare Messe solennelle (1819), choir and the orchestra came together excellently thanks to the evening's conductor, the Helsinki Chamber Choir's artistic director Nils Schweckendiek. The interpretation left nothing to be desired: the sound of the orchestra and the choir was sweet and velvety, freely shining in the fortes too, and enjoyably balanced. In the hotblooded energy of the opening work, Beethoven's Overture to his ballet The Creatures of Prometheus (1801), the Tapiola Sinfonietta was in its element.