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Victor Carr, October 2008

Vagn Holmboe's 10 Preludes for Sinfonietta, five of which are presented here, were composed between 1986 and 1991 and dedicated to the British music critic Robert Layton (hence their English titles). Read full review at ClassicsToday

American Record Guide, February 2001

"Listeners familiar with Holmboe's symphonies will have no trouble hearing his personal accent in this music. The influence of Nielsen looms largest, followed by Sibelius and the composer's Bartok-influenced researches into folklore. But the result is pure Holmboe. Forms are free, organic, evolving; scoring is transparent (though there are some big tuttis); moods range from wistful and evocative to joyous and celebratory. The music, inspired mostly by natural phenomena (titles include To the Unsettled Weather, To a Maple Tree, To a Dolphin), has, despite its intricate contrapuntal intertwining, a verdant, out-of-doors freshness and whether contemplative or active, avoids the extremes of either ecstasy or tragedy.

I liked everything here, and happily played it through many times."

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