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Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, March 2017

…well made and compelling, and Kaltoft plays it very well. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Oliver Fraenzke
Pizzicato, January 2017

Axel Borup-Jørgensen’s music is very special if not strange, yet atmospheric and, at the end, inspiring if not magic. Erik Kaltoft, a long-time collaborator of the composer, fascinates with outstanding and suggestive performances. © 2017 Pizzicato




Marc Medwin
Fanfare, November 2016

Danish composer Axel Borup-Jørgensen is nowhere near as well known as he should be, and this disc of his piano music, wonderfully played by his associate Erik Kaltoft, should go a long way toward cementing a justly deserved reputation. The pieces offered on this expertly performed and thoroughly annotated disc elucidate the composer’s musical trajectory, but they also demonstrate a fascinating relationship to music history in more general terms, both during Borup-Jørgensen’s life and in terms of preceding eras. His unique take on Baroque forms combines with Cagian silence and Second Viennese School rhetoric to create a compositional aesthetic of startling innovation and beauty. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Marc Medwin
Fanfare, November 2016

It has been an absolute pleasure exploring this music, whose overriding aesthetic, beyond its exploratory rigor, is one of all-encompassing beauty and ultimate serenity. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



David DeBoor Canfield
Fanfare, November 2016

The piano artistry of Erik Kaltoft must be applauded. These works need a first-rate pianist to bring across, and he does, superbly. His touch and timing is perfectly tuned to the temperament of the music, and I doubt that anyone else will make a better case for this music. The recorded piano sound is forward and very lifelike. Warmly recommended to fans of contemporary keyboard music. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, November 2016

Sheer virtuosity is less important to performing this music—although not wholly unnecessary—than poetic restraint, and Kaltoft’s cool dispassion is an important quality of these performances. Yet, even in the most severe passages, he is unfailingly lovely of tone.

Not only does this new release offer five works not currently in the discography of this important composer, it does so in the superb DXD recording of OUR Recordings, which creates an image of a piano in a supportive space as well as I have ever experienced. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, September 2016

Axel Borup-Jørgensen’s piano music is shot through with a natural melodic base that underlies whatever he writes. Erik Kaltoft handles all of Borup-Jørgensen’s sudden twists and turns expertly, revealing a genuine empathy for this music. © 2016 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, September 2016

Erik Kaltoft plays the piano (and celeste) role like he was born to it, carefully nuancing what in other hands might sound on occasion clumsy. The music requires a poetic vision and a very sensitive touch to sound properly, it seems to me. Kaltoft delivers with superb performances. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review





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