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Harry van der Wal
Harry’s classical music corner, January 2018

I think the Summer Rhapsody one of the best works I heard from Riisager. All the unifying characteristics of this composer are present in this orchestral work, emphasizing the returning elements throughout his oeuvre. The gathering intensity broadening into an kaleidoscope of originality and genius.

All three symphonic works show a development in rhythms and original percussive sonorities, particularly in the Fifth symphony. Symphony No 4, is a thrilling expansive composition brimming with terrific ideas, with a fearless virtuosity, and clearly inspired. But in all works there is an unifying principle, namely accessible emotionally direct music in abundance, appealing to head and heart. As a composer he is unique, as a human versatile in all he approached. His music to me is Shade and Light at the same time. I love his expressive and riveting intensity.

The recording is top notch. © 2018 Harry’s classical music corner

Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, July 2014

Bo Holten clearly relishes the dissonant seconds and clear, propulsive rhythms that are a hallmark of Riisager’s work. His textures are transparent, and his tempos very much in line with the composer’s markings. Riisager gets the kind of championing many less-well-known composers deserve, and seldom receive. In short, recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, July 2014

The sound is excellent, as is Holten’s conducting. The Aarhus people play well, especially the strings. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, May 2014

From the performance and sound standpoint this release takes up where its predecessor left off…The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra once again under Bo Holton delivers animated readings of these symphonic curiosities, which will most likely be definitive for years to come.

Made by the identical production staff and at the same location as the preceding volume, Dacapo gives us another audiophile disc! It creates a wide, deep, clearly focused sonic image in a capacious acoustic. The instrumental timbre is natural with clear highs and transient rock-bottom lows. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

David Hurwitz, April 2014

This third and, sadly, last entry in Dacapo’s Riisager Symphonic Edition contains some of the best music so far, smashingly performed and recorded. The Summer Rhapsody on Danish folk melodies sounds just as advertised. It’s a jolly potpourri of catchy tunes, scored with glittering abandon.

Bo Holten and the Aarhus Symphony play all of this music, most of it shamefully neglected, with unflagging energy, and that is precisely what it needs. This is a splendid conclusion to a great series. © 2014 Read complete review

Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, April 2014

The two symphonies…are powerful and richly orchestrated. The 4th Symphony…is rich in colorful splashes of brass amid the driving string music. It’s a thrilling and moving work.

The 5th Symphony is the composer’s last work, and and was written ten years after the 4th. It is a four-movement work for strings and tympani, and features the same energetic driving melodies punctuated by percussion.

The Aarhus Orchestra, led by Bo Holten, is fully in control of these difficult works. The recording is excellent, and the smoothness of the strings is on a par with a quality SACD disc.

DaCapo Records of Copenhagen is to be complimented on this excellent volume offering a needed tribute to Riisager’s talents…the disc showcases an important contributor to the classical tradition and reinforces it with an excellent recording. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

MusicWeb International, March 2014

The ASO are in fine form…Under Bo Holten they have emerged as compelling advocates of Riisager’s music.

As for previous volumes, the disc is embellished by good quality audio and recorded exclusivity… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, March 2014

The performances by the Aarhus orchestra, ably directed by Bo Holten, sound fine and enthusiastic…the recorded sound is excellent. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

Knudage Riisager lived a double life, during the day a Danish Civil Servant of some importance, spending his ‘leisure time’ as a composer and a writer about music. It all sounds too familiar to this writer, the difference being that Riisager became a person of musical importance in his adopted home of Denmark. Yet his desire to join progressive composers was undermined by his innate ability to write in a highly commercial genre, his Summer Rhapsody on Danish folk tunes being a score of pure delight. If his Sinfonia Concertante cannot quite make up its mind what it wants to be, with moments of acerbic seriousness countered by the bubbling charm of the finale, it is equally interesting. In sum this is a disc that offers world premiere recordings of music just off the well-trodden 20th century path, and which I strongly commend to you. The Aarhus orchestra, with their highly gifted conductor, Bo Holten, are dedicated champions, while the internal clarity speaks of high quality engineering, and Dacapo’s accompanying booklet is an impeccable example of note writing. This is volume 3 of an ongoing and outstanding series. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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