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Stephen J. Nereffid
Music is Good, January 2016

Favourite classical albums of 2015 #16

I wouldn’t usually expect Messiaen to show up on one of these lists either, because I’ve never really warmed to his particular brand of mystic modernism. But sometimes you take a chance and it works out splendidly, and such is this case here. Perhaps it’s that the three works here are early ones; anyway, I was hooked by the varied colours and occasional weirdnesses on display. © 2016 Music is Good



Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, November 2015

The alternately beautiful and exciting Three Small Liturgies of the Divine Presence…is given a radiant performance by these forces and serves as a thoroughly competitive account. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



William R. Braun
Opera News, November 2015

The Cinq Rechants, one of Messiaen’s “Tristan” pieces and one he considered among his best, require twelve virtuoso singers. They are on hand here. Again, there is just a hint of caution and good manners rather than ecstatic abandon, but, still, the performance on its own terms is persuasive. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, September 2015

Marcus Creed and his forces, choral and orchestral, really tear into this music with a passion and commitment that sweep the listener up in their energy. What a tremendous disc this is! And what great, forward sound! Highly recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, August 2015

…these are some of the most gorgeous recordings ever made of this music. The sound is indeed sumptuous and very present…

…I have a great deal of respect for what Marcus Creed and his forces have contributed to Messiaen’s view of “love and faith”. I am particularly taken with their account of O sacrum convivium! © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, July 2015

The Danish National vocal groups are most certainly attuned to the spirit of the scores, giving us the etherial beauty without fail. The orchestra and soloists too, are exemplary. Marcus Creed knows what he is after and the disk shines luminously thanks to his vision and the talent of the performers.

The album gives me joy. I imagine it will do the same for you. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, July 2015

…singing is expressive and impressively solid in pitch. The couplings are also exceptionally fine… Anyone wanting a disc of the Trois petite liturgies should snap up this release. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Marc Medwin
Fanfare, July 2015

The women of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble exhibit a purity of tone… Special mention must go to pianist Marianna Shirinyan; her special approach to articulation involves a committed kind of detachment, so that every phrase is clearly defined, providing another layer of contrast to the long vocal and string lines of slower sections and further unifying the music. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, June 2015

…the choruses are technically immaculate, sonorous, and a little cool in sound, something that might make you think Messiaen not suited to them, but this is a mistake. They are as fine as you could wish, and the composer holds up, indeed thrives, in this Nordic atmosphere.

The hi-res surround sound is excellent. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, June 2015

It is fascinating to hear the unusual sounds produced by singers and instrumentalists, and all of their fantastic sounds have been captured by the engineers with remarkable presence and impact. If you’re looking for unusual choral music, here it is, beautifully presented by Danish forces under the leadership of Marcus Creed. © 2015 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Gary Higginson
MusicWeb International, June 2015

Listening to this extraordinary and oh-so-original music I was reminded how Messiaen seems to exist outside the Western musical tradition.

As for the performances, you are left in no doubt that Marcus Creed extracts from the singers especially, every necessary nuance that each moment of the Cinq Rechant requires. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, May 2015

Those who are seduced by the immense impact of Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony often search in vain for other music from the composer with the same overwhelming impact. The pieces here are definitely not in that category, but share the same sound world. Three of Messiaen’s most passionate vocal masterworks are presented on this programme, from the visionary “Trois petites liturgies de la Présence divine” (Three Small Liturgies of the Divine Presence) for sixteen solo strings and eighteen sopranos (Messiaen’s original version), the popular O sacrum convivium! and the extraordinarily difficult Cinq Rechants (Five Refrains) of 1948. Choral conductor Marcus Creed’s contribution is non-pareil. © 2015 Classical CD Choice




Remy Frank
Pizzicato, May 2015

This SACD with vocal music by Olivier Messiaen shows different aspects of his music, from the most naïve expression of faith in Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine to the surrealistic feast of love in Cinq Rechants. The vocal qualities of the Danish ensembles are enthralling. © 2015 Pizzicato



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, May 2015

The female voices of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Danish National Concert Choir bring a suitably mellifluous…with a fine piano contribution from Marianna Shirinyan, finding all of Messiaen’s rhythmic qualities. The gentle strings of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra blending beautifully with the choir…

This is a terrific disc that will appeal to Messiaen and choral enthusiasts alike. They are well recorded… © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review




David Vernier
ClassicsToday.com, May 2015

…Marcus Creed and his Danish singers and players—along with pianist Marianna Shirinyan and ondes Martenot soloist Thomas Bloch—are more than just able advocates for Messiaen’s music: they are musicians of exceptional ability and admirable commitment, who leave no doubt that we are hearing performances that will stand alongside or above any in the catalog. © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, April 2015

These Danish performances conducted by Marcus Creed are models of precision and lucidity; every vocal and instrumental strand is there. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review





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