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Dacapo - The National Music Anthology of Denmark

Format:  CD

Catalogue Number:  8.226153

Barcode:  636943615324

Release month:  Jun 2016

Period:  21st Century

Review


PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: Green Ground

25 November 2016  The Buffalo News
Jeff Simons
3/4 Stars

Under any circumstances, a new record by the Kronos Quartet or Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices is worth attending to. Put the two together and that's even more true. And now, for a couple of pieces by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, base a half hour of it on "a famous old ground that (was) used by Johan Pachelbel in his well-known canon."

In the words of notater Andrew Mellor, on top of that ground, the resultant "discourse becomes ever more complicated and outlandish and, in this case, fractious, flailing, scared and animalistic." And, as outrageous as it is to put old Pachelbel on the run this way, it's also exhilarating and crazily compelling. This is why it is ALWAYS  necessary to keep up with what the Kronos Quartet and Hillier's Theater of Voices do.





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