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Richard Hanlon
MusicWeb International, February 2020

The Odense Symphony Orchestra have long enjoyed an excellent reputation but the sumptuous sounds they produce on this disc mark it down as one of their very best. The English conductor Justin Brown presides over readings which demonstrate thorough preparation and immaculate execution.

One finds it difficult to imagine these riveting works being performed with deeper commitment or greater attention to detail. Dacapo’s exemplary sound in both formats caps a most auspicious release. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2019

Jesper Koch was born in Denmark in 1967, his list of compositions coming in every genre and have been described as a ‘a constant and fruitful dialogue with the past’. That could well raise expectations for conservative ears that the works on this new release do not meet, though those looking for innovative sonorities will find a wealth of new and refreshing sounds. Though each work is given a name, they are in the form of three concertos for cello, violin and clarinet, all played by the soloists for whom they were composed. They could be described as free-flowing scores that allow ideas to escape from rigid formalities, achieving a rhapsodic shape as ideas come and go, often with the solo part seemingly enjoying a life different to that of the orchestra. After soothing sounds in the first two movements of Dreamscapes, the finale is often ebullient and testing the technical virtuosity of the Czech-born cellist, Michaela Fukacova, the department principal of the Odense Symphony. The Violin Concerto, Arcadia Lost, is also dreamy in the opening movement, but later becomes much more proactive with an accompaniment to match, the finale, marked Pastorale, rather at odds with that description, the outgoing music coloured by atonality that provides contrasting moods, It is played by the Romanian concertmaster of the Odense Symphony, Eugen Tichindeleanu. Lonesome, a clarinet concerto with a chamber orchestra, the soloist being the only woodwind player on stage, but it is a loneliness that soon evaporates to reveal an instrument full of fun and decorative elaboration. It is played by John Kruse, the principal clarinet of the Royal Danish Orchestra, a player of agility who is equally at home in creamy smoothness. The Odense Symphony with the British conductor, Justin Brown, meet all of Koch’s demands, Dacapo’s sound quality in the superlative class. © 2019 David’s Review Corner

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