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Bert Bailey
MusicWeb International, May 2013

…the present CD’s chamber works are beautifully-shaped and engaging…The Ensembl MidtVest play with polished delicacy but genuine relish, handling with apparent ease more than a few challenges while making the most of DaCapo’s impeccable sound.

In felicity these works sit comfortably beside those by Martinu and Poulenc – although they are rather more gritty than the latter’s, and, like the former’s, they very richly reward attentive listeners.

Fans should not hesitate to add this to their collections, and others are not likely to regret it. © MusicWeb International Read complete review



Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, May 2012

This is music of intense feeling held mostly below the surface, works of understated joy and veiled melancholy, watercolors where others might have painted in oils. It is music that develops in the rhythms and cycles of the composer’s beloved nature; metamorphosis is the composer’s name for the complex way in which he evolves themes, colors, harmony, and rhythmic patterns without traditional formal structure. [Holmboe’s] music is tonal—modal, usually—though occasionally intense dissonance is used creatively; it is never conventional, and it is always deeply moving and intellectually satisfying.

The more I hear of Holmboe’s work—always new yet always able to touch the soul as something profoundly familiar—the more convinced I am that he is among the greatest composers of the 20th century. He is an artist whose work every serious classical collector should know. The symphonies are a logical starting place for the many who are attracted to larger-scale works, and the string quartets deserve the same attention given the great 20th-century cycles of Bartók and Shostakovich. But for those drawn to the more modest forms and instrumental combinations, Holmboe’s many virtues are compellingly presented in this new release. The 11 young soloists of the Danish MidtVest Ensemble—a string quartet, a wind quintet, and a pianist—are uniformly excellent. This promises to be an edition to treasure. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare



Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, January 2012

the music itself is lovely…Performances are impeccable… © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online



David Fanning
Gramophone, January 2012

the Quartetto for flute and string trio proves once again that musical conversation is Holmboe’s strong point, as it is for the excellent players on this cleanly recorded disc. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Robert R. Reilly
Catholic News Agency, October 2011

this CD is a revelatory introduction to the broad range of [Vagn Holmboe’s] music. The playfulness of “Primavera” is a nice contrast to the seriousness of “Ballata.” These are not simply shavings from the master’s bench; each work stands as an integral jewel. This will be a mandatory purchase for Homlboe fans. Read complete review






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