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Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, March 2019

Morpheus is purely orchestral, a robust Concerto for Orchestra intended for the Danish National Symphony. The seven movements are extroverted where the Third wasn’t. With bold rhythms, motives that recall the prior century’s primitivistic warhorses, and rock opera gestures, I can see these being appealing pieces for American audiences… © 2019 La Folia Read complete review

Richard Hanlon
MusicWeb International, November 2018

21st century orchestral music does not come much more exciting than this, and especially in the case of the symphony, more affecting to the open-minded, open-hearted listener. I urge anyone who has any serious interest in the future of the orchestra, and its traditional forms, to hear this exceptional disc. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Nathan Faro
American Record Guide, November 2018

The symphony is inquisitive, searching for certainty but pulling away when it gets too close. Eichberg’s music is exciting, showing a composer eager to try new approaches to his craft. I really enjoyed this. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2018

Soren Nils Eichberg was born in Stuttgart, and, now aged 44, has come to the end of his term as ‘Composer in Residence’ of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. During those years he has written a number of large-scale works, the most recent being the Third Symphony completed in 2015. Scored for orchestra, choir and electronics, it certainly makes its presence immediately felt with a percussive impact, the choir joining shortly afterwards with words that question our presence on earth. If nothing else, you will certainly remember this opening. What follows are seven quite short ‘movements’, the music borrowed from Carl Nielsen being one of the work’s many attractive moments, before we move to the agony of a child who, caught up in conflict, is now seated on the edge of the city without a father or a home. In the Fifth movement the choir asks three ‘Heavenly Questions’ as to who can give us an answer regarding anything about life. And so we come to a noisy and highly charged conclusion. Completed two years earlier, Morpheus, a Concerto for orchestra, is in seven quite short ‘movements’ and offers more of the hard-hitting percussion, each section being descriptive and displaying the virtuosity of the orchestra. The release will certainly offer your equipment a trial on its decibel limits, and I applaud the recording team for capturing it such pure impact, just as much as I admire the outstanding playing of the orchestra. Robert Spano and Joshua Weilerstein, respectively, conduct the two works. © 2018 David’s Review Corner

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