Ever year since 2001 I have flown from the UK to Finland especially to attend the annual Sibelius Festival at Lahti in the wondrous Sibeliustalo. As you walk in you are met by the aroma of wood, then into the Forest Hall where in the ceiling are stars (lights of course) so positioned as they were in the universe the day Jean Sibelius was born. The auditoreum, with reverberation chambers, is perfection itself with absolutely perfect acoustics. I now have every recording issued by BIS that has been made in this hall with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Osmo Vanska, a world beating ensemble. To look out of the Forest Hall in the interval and see the sun going down is sheer magic. I cannot wait for this coming September (2009) to arrive to experience paradise itself.
John J. Davis, Newton Abbot, Devon. UK.
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