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Guy Weatherall
Classical Music, September 2019

A tribute to late producer and label-founder Axel Borup-Jørgensen, this collection of six contrasted works (five premieres) ranges from the quirky (Mogens Christensen) to haunting (Bent Sørensen) to piercingly intense (Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen). Thomas Clausen’s Hindemith-like concertino is a slighter work but Borup-Jørgensen’s own concise Sommen Suite is a welcome (and appropriate) bonus. Excellent SACD sound. © 2019 Classical Music

Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, January 2016

…Petri is an untouchable talent, but more than that, she is inquisitive, intelligent artist who has made it her responsibility to expand her instrument’s repertory. The Lapland Chamber Orchestra is a precision-driven ensemble whose members are not fazed by the various technical and emotional demands made by these works. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Alan Swanson
Fanfare, November 2015

Michala Petri has put together a most interesting and entertaining program of mostly brand new Danish/Faroese chamber music. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, November 2015

Throughout, soloist Michala Petri is called upon to accomplish amazing acts of virtuosity, both extraordinarily demanding passage work and extended techniques such as overblowing, multiphonics…and flutter tonguing. Christensen has her doing them all in bewildering rapidity. The Lapland Chamber Orchestra is a crack ensemble, and it and conductor Clemens Schuldt respond to the music’s many challenges impressively. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Phillip Scott
Fanfare, November 2015

This compelling program is enhanced by the fine musicianship of the soloist, and the strings of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra under Schuldt. Their detailed, sensitive playing, honed in concert beforehand, is captured in excitingly realistic sound. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Alan Swanson
Fanfare, November 2015

The opening piece, by Bent Sørensen (b. 1958), in one movement, is a fine tapestry of subtle and often quite soft sound colors woven between the recorder and the strings. It is contemplative throughout, but not in the least soporific. The Music for 13 Strings by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932) is considerably sterner stuff. Elsewhere in this issue, I quite liked his Chacun son son, also from 2014. Both have a nervous energy that, to judge by his earlier piece and this one, is typical of his current work.

This is first-rate music, and first-rate music-making. The always excellent Michala Petri needs no introduction in these pages, and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra—said to be the world’s northernmost professional orchestra—plays impeccably under Clemens Schuldt. This recording is recommended for its fine playing and its attractive program. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Richard Whitehouse
Gramophone, October 2015

Recorder Concertos - KOPPEL, T. / GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P. / RASMUSSEN, S. (Danish and Faroese Recorder Concertos) (Petri, Christensen) 6.220609
Recorder Recital: Petri, Michala - SØRENSEN, B. / GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P. / RASMUSSEN, S. / CHRISTENSEN, M. / CLAUSEN, T. (Nordic Sound) 6.220613

Both discs complement Petri’s tellingly understated virtuosity with committed playing from the Lapland Chamber and Aalborg Symphony orchestras respectively. Spacious sound and copious notes further enhance recordings that are provocative and diverting in equal measure. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, September 2015

Superbly recorded in detailed and colourful SACD sonics, this is a release which oozes affection for Axel Borup-Jørgensen and is a wonderful snapshot of Nordic contemporary music in the five world premiere pieces composed in his honour. Topped by Michala Petri’s virtuosity, no fan of modern music and the crisp transparency of this ‘northern sound’ should hesitate in adding it to their collection. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, August 2015

This terrific collection of works represents a fine tribute to this sadly missed composer. …all [pieces] receive an excellent recording… © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review

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