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Nielsen: Maskarade

5/5 Stars
BBC Music

Nielsen for the modern age
"Micheal Schønwandt conducts with great detail and sweep"

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Nielsen: Maskarade

Musicweb International

*RECORDING OF THE MONTH*
This is a wonderful set, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Offhand it’s hard to imagine a happier celebration of Nielsen’s 150th anniversary.

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Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books

Jyllands-Posten

"Balanceret nydelse"

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Nielsen: Concertos

MusicWeb International

"...Znaider takes command and doesn’t let go. He varies his tone, as the music requires, from big and fruity to soft and silvery (...) The sound is terrific and one can hear all kinds of details in the orchestra that would otherwise go unnoticed. Dacapo’s production is fully in the luxury class. In every way this SACD is a winner and a fine conclusion to Alan Gilbert’s Nielsen cycle."

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Nielsen: Maskarade

BBC Music Magazine

"This latest CD boasts probably the strongest cast on record so far. The mighty bass Stephen Milling catches the ageing paterfamilias Jeronimus’s comically fallible humanity likeably."

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Nielsen: Concertos

Examiner.com

"Whether Nielsen is taking a retrospective or a prospective stance, Gilbert always seems to find the right approach to phrasing his thematic content, coloring it with just the right balance of instrumental resources, and managing the give-and-take between soloist and ensemble …this recent release is definitely an excellent way for the attentive listener to get to know the concertos."

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Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books

Flensborg Amtsavis

"...pladen er en ægte perle: "Man kan sige, at vi har befriet Kingo fra flere århundreders lag puds, som fællessangtraditionen i folkekirken har tilført hans salmer""

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Nielsen: Maskarade

Gramophone EDITOR's CHOICE

"As with Scriabin, Nielsen’s anniversary invites us to reassess the composer with new recordings, in this case a fourth—and successful—outing on disc for Maskarade."

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Nielsen: Concertos

Gramophone

"Throughout this disc Alan Gilbert and the NYPO play on the kinship that exists between the symphonies that effectively gave the Flute and Clarinet Concertos breath. The latter is a substantial chip off the block that is the Fifth Symphony—and even has the clarinettist bring his old sparring partner, the side drum, with him. NYPO principal Anthony McGill revels effortlessly in its wild improvisatory nature and those elemental pyrotechnics."

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Nielsen: Concertos

SA-CD.net

"The violin concerto alone makes this disk an absolute must, with, as a bonus, getting the other two, expertly and convincingly played […] Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic play and sound, with the help of excellent engineering…gorgeous. Bravissimo!"

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Simple and sunny - is this really Carl Nielsen?

4/5 Stars
The Times

"This exemplary new studio recording is a must-have… Here is a cast whose singing brings the comedy to life under the expert baton of Michael Schønwandt. Enjoy two hours of top-notch light music and brush up your Danish in the process."

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Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books

Weekendavisen

"Svulmende nydelser - barokdigteren Thomas Kingos sange i forbilledlig stiltro udførelse. De blev ikke skrevet til kirken, men til hjemmet."

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Kingos salmer skulle synges derhjemme

4/6 Hjerter
Politiken

"Skrevet på dansk, som de er, skulle salmerne styrke danskerens tro, og selv om de næppe ofte har været sunget så rent og nuanceret som her af sopranen Else Torp og bassen Jakob Bloch Jespersen, så er dette en vellykket cd at blive klog af."

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Double Triple Koppel

MusicWeb International

"…fantastic combination of Michala Petri’s delicate recorder and Benjamin Koppel’s fruit and smoke jazz-coloured saxophone. This addition to a growing discography is superbly recorded and presented, and is another of those accessible and rewarding programmes of new music which should encourage more of us to cast our nets ever wider."

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Double Triple Koppel

Pizzicato

"Der dänische Komponist Anders Koppel steht mit dem Konzert für Blockflöte, Saxophon & Orchester sowie dem Konzert für Saxophon, Cello, Harfe & Orchester (Doppel-und Tripelkonzert) auf dem Programm einer CD von Dacapo. Die meist verspielt-virtuose Musik wird von Koppels Sohn Benjamin auf dem Saxophon gespielt, von der wie immer herausragenden Michala Petri auf der Blockflöte, von Eugene Hye-Knudsen auf dem Cello und von Tine Rehling auf der Harfe. Das Odense Symphony Orchestra musiziert unter der Leitung von Henrik Vagn Christensen."

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Nielsen: Concertos

Allmusic.com

"...exceptional performances by violinist Nikolaj Znaider, flutist Robert Langevin, and clarinetist Anthony McGill…"

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Nielsen: Maskarade

SA-CD.net

"Throughout, Michael Schønwandt keeps an iron grip, particularly on the pacing of the sometimes quite complex interactions of soloists and choir. He also ensures that the many dances have rhythmic spring and lilt, and that there are plenty of major contrasts in both speed and dynamics as Nielsen’s score demands. The soloists are in top voice (...) Their comical mocking voices and sneering descriptions of character friends are well done and amusing. It is immediately obvious that the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir are also fired up, keeping the listener in thrall throughout the three acts."

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Rosing-Schow: Alliages

American Record Guide

"Because Rosing-Schow tends toward dissonance and complexity in his style, a scheme of expansion often helps to give a sense of form and organization that allows the listener to navigate intuitively."

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Christensen: Busy Bees & Birds

American Record Guide

"Mogens Christensen’s record of works for recorders, accordion, and guitar is very aptly titled “Busy Bees and Birds”. The music is light and quick, with passages of longer held tones and passages of pointillistic textures. With no real bass instrument, the upper register is privileged. The music isn’t aggressively dissonant, but isn’t resolutely tonal either. Melodies meander through different keys or modes, seldom settling down. There is clear allusion to folk or traditional tunes in both specific themes and in a general style or attitude. These short pieces are interesting to listen to for a bit, but sound monotonous when stretched over the course of 80 minutes. Birds of a Winter Night (1996–2014), for bass recorder and electronics, is a slight change; but the bass recorder has a feeble low end, and the electronics are in the background."

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Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos

Infodad.com

"The concertos are very well played by violinist Nikolaj Znaider and two first chairs of the New York Philharmonic, Robert Langevin and Anthony McGill. And the orchestra itself performs with excellent responsiveness and a very warm tone for conductor Alan Gilbert …the recordings of all symphonies deserve recognition for the very fine playing of the ensemble and the excellent sound with which the discs are endowed. And the concerto performances show how much Gilbert is capable of doing with Nielsen’s music when he really sets his mind to it and complements the orchestra’s performance with excellent interpretations by first-rate soloists."

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