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Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, September 2014

Thought-provoking music, sometimes exasperatingly slow to get where it’s going, often quite beautiful, superbly performed. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2014

Now turned eighty Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen is a father figure in Danish music, yet has lost none of his ability to be provocative in teasing ears with new sounds. Here he places old wine in new bottles as he writes seven pieces composed around John Dowland’s landmark, Lacrimae, to mark the 450th birthday of Dowland’s birth. Those who might venture into this first recorded performance with the thoughts of Dowland should proceed with caution, for this is cutting-edge modernity, and has very little that you will find readily linking this with a composer born in 1563. In fact I gave up very quickly, and moved on to my admiration of how Gudmundsen-Holmgreen can create such refreshingly new sounds from voices and instruments, the ensembles only coming together in two of the cycle of seven works composed over three years. I guess it is technically difficult to perform, though the recording comes from just one performance given in Copenhagen in 2012. The sound is highly detailed and transparent. An outstanding release. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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