Alex is Finlander married to an Italian who works as a taxi driver in Berlin. One night in his taxi come two men with a briefcase full of money. Unluckily for Alex, they are being chased by gangsters whose money was stolen. During the shooting, they get killed, and he must get rid of their bodies.
When Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey reunited as Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark to appear on German TV in June 2005, they hadn't performed together for 16 years. Yet it went so well that they soon made plans for a full return to the live arena involving their former bandmates Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes, the other two members of the line-up that made the epochal Architecture & Morality album in 1981. Indeed, in May 2007, they embarked on a European tour which included two dates at London's Hammersmith Apollo and saw them perform Architecture & Morality in toto complete with its trio of Top 5 hits Souvenir, Joan Of Arc and Maid Of Orleans followed by a dozen of their synth-pop hits, from Electricity, their wonderful 1979 debut for Factory Records, to the rousing Walking On The Milky Way from 1996, via the yearning If You Leave, their 1986 US breakthrough from the soundtrack to Pretty In Pink.
This release presents two rare performances by Bili Evans in Northern Europe. The initial three tuner, appearing here on CD for the first time ever, were recorded during an informai visit to the house of Finnish composer Ilkka Kuusisto in Helsinki, Finland. The rest of the tracks present a hard to find concert in Lund, Sweden, previously available only on a limited Japanese edition.
…There is no doubt in my mind that this Kullervo from Segerstam and his team is exceptionally fine and in the first rank of the ever-growing list of recordings. Spano's deeply thought and excellently performed account would also merit a first ranking. But I find Segerstam to have produced the most psychologically realistic Kullervo performance, thanks to the depth of characterisation uncovered by Hakala and Isokoski in the seemingly unpromising and dificult texts of the Kalevala verses. Segerstam comes close to Berglund's powerful first recording from 1970, which allowed many of us to encounter this unforgettable work. The state-of-the art fidelity of Ondine's engineering is a great advantage in itself. While quintessentially Finnish, Ondine's production nevertheless fulfils Sibelius' intent to make this music universal in appeal. Warmly recommended.