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24/11/2011

Critics' favourites 2011

 

We are delighted to present this list of the 10 Dacapo releases that achieved the greatest critical acclaim in 2011.

 

We offer a 15% discount - and free shipment world-wide - on this year's critics' favourites on orders received before 16 December.

   


1

 

Anders Koppel: Concertos

SACD 8.226052


"Beautifully performed and admirably recorded... a more than welcome introduction to Koppel's art."
Gramophone


"Vibrant performances... A high priority disc."
10/10 - Classics Today


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2


 

Schütz: The Complete Narrative Works

CD 8.204035 (4 CD box set)

"The consort singing is flawless... This is not to be missed!" Gramophone


"Hillier produces some thoroughly invigorating and totally absorbing accounts."
International Record Review





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3


 

Langgaard: Piano Works Vol. 2

SACD 6.220565

"The immediacy of these performances and recordings is at times thrilling, and it's an interesting world to explore."
Cyclic Defrost


"Pianist Berit Johansen Tange has become a more confident and dynamically empowered Langgaard interpreter."
Gramophone

 

 

 

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4


 

The Natural Word of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

SACD 6.220583

 


"Ars Nova's sound is rarefied and superbly focused...This is music of rare skill and beauty, magnificently sung. Don't hesitate."
MusicWeb International

"The singers sound thrilled to be denizens of this Natural World."
American Record Guide

 

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5


 

Riisager: The Symphonic Edtition

SACD 8.226146

 

"Bo Holten manages to get at the heart of these works and leads the ensemble in committed performances. Easilly recommended."
Cinemusical

 

"The performances are first-rate, and so is the engineering"
10/10 Classics Today


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6


 

Anders Koppel: String Quartets and Mezzo Saxophone Quintet

SACD 6.220566

 

"This is a magnificent disc that demonstrates how ingratiating and fresh new music can be. Don't miss it!"
Audiophile Audition

 

"This is a first-rate program of eminently listenable, exceptionally well-wrought chamber music."
10/10 Classics Today



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7


 

Svend Erik Tarp: Piano Works

SACD 8.226053


CD OF THE MONTH, AUGUST 2011 - "I do urge you to try this most intriguing and musically valuable disc." MusicWeb International

 

"Tarp's music is a real "find" that piano fanciers will certainly want to experience without delay."
10/10 Classics Today


"Jag bekänner utan omsvep att jag fallit fullständigt pladask för denna skiva"
OPUS

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8


 

Peter Bruun: Letters to the Ocean

CD 8.226553


"Moderna, sí, pero también reconocible y accesible. Y en este caso muy bien interpretada."
Ritmo


"This is a well-balanced and varied ‘taster' that's whetted my appetite for more. What better recommendation than that?"
MusicWeb International

 

 

 

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9


 

Simon Steen-Andersen: Pretty Sound

CD 8.226523

 

 
"Bei Steen-Andersen trifft sich Cage mit Lachenmann, wenn man so will, und die schmutzigen, hybriden Ergebnisse seiner Zoom-Techniken lassen aufhorchen" 4/5 Stars Neue Zeitschrift für Musik



"I sum presenterer plata lyd som poesi: vart og sildrande, robust og leikent, og innbyd til lytting om og om igjen"
Dagbladet

   

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10


 

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková

CD 2.110410

"The whole production is a triumph of dramatic focus and concentration ... If a UK staging of Selma Jezková is not already scheduled, it certainly ought to be."
International Record Review

 

"Ylva Kihlberg's unwavering soprano stands as the vocal highlight of the performance"
TimeOut Chicago

 

 

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