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PETER BRUUN The Green Groves

Seismograf

[..] "Throughout the recording, its members sound, collectively, as if they have acute awareness of all the music’s implications."

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HANS ABRAHAMSEN Værker for blæserkvintet

Classical Source

[..] "The performances by Ensemble MidtVest could scarcely be improved on for clarity of ensemble.." [..]

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OLE BUCK Værker for sinfonietta

Music Web International

[..] “Buck's music is well worth running to ground. His minimalism differs from that of the major American practitioners but its shimmer and glow should quickly win it new friends, even if there is some pepper in the mix.”

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HANS ABRAHAMSEN Værker for blæserkvintet

MusicWeb International

[..] "the best movement is the famous Träumerei where the oboe is omitted altogether and the clarinet leads the others. It is really quite beautiful and here one hardly misses the piano. Ensemble MidtVest performs well, as they also do in the original works. [..] this disc is valuable for providing excellent accounts of Abrahamsen’s wind quintets - all 18 minutes of them - and it gives the listener a taste of the composer’s ability as an arranger." [..]

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Buxtehude and his Circle

Fanfare

[..] "there are few artists as well equipped to perform this repertoire than Paul Hillier and his Theatre of Voices ensemble, here consisting of seven vocalists and eight instrumentalists. [..] The singing and playing are superb in every way: technically secure and polished, bold, confident, colorful, expressive." [..]

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CARL NIELSEN Maskarade

Ballet Review

[..] "The many pleasures of this very Danish score (with touches of Verdi’s Falstaff) seem to come naturally to Johan Reuter as Henrik, Niels Jørgen Riis and Dénise Beck as the lovers, and Anne Margrethe Dahl and Stephen Billing as Leander’s parents." [..]

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BENT SØRENSEN | PETER ASMUSSEN Sounds Like You

Gramophone

"It’s remarkable that Sørensen’s spatial ‘concerto for orchestra, choir, actors and audience’, which calls for actors and singers planted throughout the audience of a vineyard concert hall (where everyone can see everyone else) has transferred so well to CD. Sørensen pulls off a characteristic trick here: doing new, unusual and surprising things that manage entirely to avoid gimmickry."

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PER NØRGÅRD, BENT SØRENSEN, HANS ABRAHAMSEN Phantasmagoria - Danske klavertrioer

Gramophone

"Sørensen’s piano trio Phantasmagoria (2006–7) is a precursor to his triple concerto and headlines this disc (trio works by Hans Abrahamsen and Per Nørgård hardly lessen its appeal). Phantasmagoria speaks of the fading memory of Romanticism and contains some remarkable writing, most of all, perhaps, the surging repetition of single notes at provocatively differing volumes in the Misterioso e meccanico movement."

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BENT SØRENSEN & JOHANNES OCKEGHEM Requiem

Gramophone

"Sørensen doesn’t identify as a choral composer but this merging of his own work Fragments of Requiem with the Requiem of 15th-century master Ockeghem could have fooled many into thinking the opposite. Sørensen uses elements of Ockeghem and Monteverdi to underpin his own harmonically ‘smudged’ writing."

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HANS ABRAHAMSEN Værker for blæserkvintet

Gramophone

[..] "all the score’s curious mixture of bite and nostalgia is absolutely and deliciously conveyed"

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CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms

Gramophone

[..] "No less persuasive is the advocacy of Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, heard to advantage in sound of clarity and depth." [..]

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CARL NIELSEN Maskarade

Avant Scène Opéra

[..] "Si la précision musicale et la prise de son ne peuvent rivaliser avec celles de l’enregistrement studio, voilà néanmoins le témoignage d’une soirée on ne peut plus festive."

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CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms

Classical Nowhere

"This recording has completely blown me away, done my head in, wiped me out [..] Endlessly turning and twisting, febrile at times, I’m amazed by ‘Odna Zhizn’. When it passes across into the tension and quiet of the final minutes, you have the fierce instinct that very powerful emotion is at work. Again, we seem to be looking out over great vistas, but not so much at complete destruction this time - there seems to be just the faintest fragile joy of a great love fighting still. Even in the quiet final minutes when despair seems like an undertow - there are sounds like twisted sirens in the background & the final notes are like a tinnitus ringing in our ears - there is survival."

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Buxtehude and his Circle

Toronto Early Music News

[..] "Grammy Award winner Theatre of Voices, (The Little Match Girl Passion 2010) founded in California by Paul Hillier, is now based in Denmark. Hillier himself a Grammy winner, is one of the leading members of the early music movement and this project reflects his world-class standards of excellence." [..]

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CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Odna Zhizn · Symfoni nr. 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms

Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

[..] "[These] works gives us a considerably revealing look at Rouse today, a true master of orchestration, a poetic magician of modernity, a most expressive and communicative crafter of sound brilliance. Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic capture all the brilliance with an ideal, soundfully exact and exciting set of performances." [..]

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OLE BUCK Værker for sinfonietta

GREGERSDH

[..] ”Det er magisk opslugende musik. [..] Der indfinder sig en nærmest zenbuddhistisk ro i sjælen.” [..]

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PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6

AllMusic.com

[..] "the orchestra conveys the excitement of playing well at the limit of its abilities, and Storgårds catches many small details." [..]

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PETER BRUUN The Green Groves

GregersDH

"Dansant, inciterende og fantasifuld kammermusik af Peter Bruun" [..]

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CARL NIELSEN Saul og David

Avant Scène Opéra

[..] "Pour l'interprétation magistrale de Johan Reuter et la direction vibrante de Michael Schønwandt, ce premier DVD de l'œuvre s'impose avec évidence."

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Buxtehude and his Circle

Huffington Post

”When the beauty of their music matches a text that may speak particularly to you, the emotional effect can be quite overwhelming.”

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