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Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, September 2015

The performances by both artists are excellent. Petri’s tone quality and phrasing are good, the latter enhanced by her good breath control. Esfahani’s playing is consummate, but always serves the needs of each piece, and with regard for his colleague’s part. Together, their playing supports the strengths of each work. The variety of musical idioms makes for constant novelty, constant enjoyment. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, July 2015

…this superstar pairing puts its hands to will be extraordinary. [Petri and Esfahani] are favored by state-of-the-art engineering, recorded in DXD ultra-high resolution in a supportive acoustic. The result is beautifully clear, present sound in both layers.

Recommended? Without a doubt! It is a wonderful program, imaginatively presented. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, July 2015

Petri’s wonderful, genial skill remains unchanged since she first appeared on the international scene in the 1970s. Esfahani is an unusually expressive, colorful player…

UK | DK is a nice outing for two talented musicians, and furthermore, the repertoire is surprising and sometimes demanding, and always worth the listener’s effort. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Alison Melville
The WholeNote, June 2015

…the six little movements of Benjamin Britten’s Alpine Suite receive the best performance they’ve probably ever had. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review



Guy Rickards
Gramophone, May 2015

A wonderful advert for this instrumental pairing and for virtuosity in general. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, April 2015

…the concept works very well. I particularly liked the Gordon Jabob Sonatina for Recorder and Orchestra and the Daniel Kildane Tourbilon, which is a solo encore for Petri, but all the works are listenable and well played. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review




Mark Walker
Classical Ear, April 2015

What at first glance seems like an unlikely pairing with which to play contemporary music turns out to provide a wealth of interesting new sonorities—or rather old sonorities in new and unfamiliar guise. As the pair have already established in more traditional baroque repertoire, Petri and Esfahani are not afraid to experiment or push boundaries. Here boundaries are forcibly shoved aside and fascinating new/old sonorities are revealed, notably in the modernism of Daniel Kidane’s restless Tourbillon and Axel Borup-Jørgensen’s unabashedly avant-garde Fantasia, where any old-fashioned ideas of soloist and accompanist are entirely abandoned. An album [that] shows these instruments need not be treated as museum pieces. © 2015 Classical Ear



Infodad.com, April 2015

The attraction of this recording lies in the chance to hear an unusual instrumental combination featuring two outstanding performers. Not all the music is equally compelling, but the way everything is handled certainly is, and listeners in search of material outside the mainstream but still very attractively composed and beautifully presented will find UK/DK a real treat. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, April 2015

This is a constant delight in every way, and the sometimes delicate sounds of the instruments have been captured with total realism. A great release! © 2015 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Anthony Burton
BBC Music Magazine, April 2015

Performance:
Recording:

…Petri plays with immaculate tuning and finger technique, crisp tounging and well-shaped melodic line; Esfahani matches her with well-judged colours and phrasing. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2015

This is a delightful release, with partly very playful, partly more serious music which allows Petri and Esfahani once more to join their talents for highly expressive and characteristic performances. © 2015 Pizzicato



John France
MusicWeb International, February 2015

The sound quality of the CD is splendid.

…this present CD is so well performed by Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani…[and I] heartily commend it without any sense of insincerity. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Classical Music

Petri is as appealing as ever, on sparkling form, and Esfahani convinces utterly even when the original work was written for piano instead. Lovely SACD sound. © 2015 Classical Music





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