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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, May 2014

Michala Petri’s work here is hypnotic. She plays Mikkelborg’s crooning melodies sensitively, and with beautiful control over her tone color. At home in the Baroque repertoire as well as in works such as this one, she really might be the world’s most versatile recorder player, ever. Helen Davies…balances the chocolatey richness of Petri’s sound with her bell-like, pointillistic tones.

Mysterious and meditative, unusual but approachable, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart and Afterthought will reward adventurous listeners, whether or not they have previously fallen in love with Petri’s recorder playing. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Maria Nockin
Fanfare, March 2014

If you are looking for a recording to relax you after a hard day at work, this one, entitled Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, is it.

…Michala Petri plays the recorder with her usual virtuosity and Helen Davies proves to be a splendid harpist. Conductor Henrik Vagn Christensen often keeps the orchestral sound down, but when he lets loose, the result is magnificent. I really enjoyed this recording and suggest it to anyone who likes to daydream. The sound on this SACD is pristine with each of the solo instruments well in front of the orchestra. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Cat Groom
The Recorder Magazine, January 2014

At any rate, his performers respond beautifully, Helen Davies’ harp and Michala Petri’s recorder intertwining and entering fully into what are undeniably some pretty supremely crafted sound-worlds; Mikkelborg owes a lot to his very fine engineer, too.

Petri’s sound is instantly recognizable…and its fullness is entirely appropriate her, this double concerto is a fitting vehicle for her. © 2014 The Recorder Magazine



Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, November 2013

…the music is suffused in vaporous beauty. Lightly but precisely orchestrated, each of the movements bears an evocative title and whilst these need not be taken wholly literally they are useful indices of the composer’s imaginatively compressed ideas and feelings; some are bardic, some lovely and dancingly patterned, crisply alive, with thrumming harp and piping alert recorder. Others, still, enshrine deft colour and interplay, delicacy or sonorously warmly textured romantic breadth.

Outstanding sonics and production values ensure a winning disc. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Heinz Braun
Klassik heute, October 2013

Michala Petri’s crystal line tone, Helen Davies’ expressive-sonorous harp and not least Mikkelborg’s characteristic, mystic trumpet sound elevate this recording into a special listening experience. Henrik Vagn Christensen leads the superbly arranged orchestra from Sønderborg with great sensitivity to the score, and it explores the lyrical moods as effectively as in the more dramatic moments.

Music for long winter evenings and warm summer nights; music you want to hear again and again because it is deeply human. © 2013 Klassik Heute



Richard Whitehouse
Gramophone, October 2013

Helen Davies contributes some limpid passagework [in Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart]…while Michala Petri is at her most fluidly imaginative as the recorder interweaves with harp and strings in a constant flow of dextrous polyphony.

The principal work is followed by Afterthoughts, Mikkelborg’s recasting of the former’s salient ideas (in collaboration with Thomas Li) for trumpet and strings that allows ample rein to his brand of understated virtuosity. The South Jutland Symphony strings are unfailingly sensitive in their response, while the sonic warmth and stylish presentation maintain the high standards set by the OUR Recordings imprint. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



The Classical Reviewer, September 2013

Performances from the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra under Henrik Vagn Christensen are excellent and there is superb playing from Michala Petri and Helen Davies and the composer himself playing the trumpet. These artists draw so much colour and atmosphere from this unusual music. The recording is excellent and there are informative booklet notes including a short essay from the composer. © 2013 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review





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