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David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2007

If you are not fluent in Danish, let me add that the title of the disc is 'Serenades and Romances'the contents being a series of love songs. Though some of the composers lived into the 20th century, all were wedded to melodic music and well able to provide the pleasing thematic material required. Of course love can come in many guises from the dramatic to the seductive smoothness. As the heading shows, most of the tracks are taken from opera or incidental music to plays, but can stand alone very well, the texts in Danish and English given in the enclosed booklet.They are performed by the tenor, Mathias Hedegaard, a lyric singer who can bring a sense of the heroic when required. The soprano makes two brief appearances, and the orchestra's participation is more than a supportive role, the Danish musicians suitably polished. The Royal Naval Choir - a professional chamber ensemble - sing with an innate feel for the music, and though the engineers have placed the soloists well forward, there is admirable detail. In sum a gorgeous disc that will make relaxing late-night entertainment.

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