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Liam Cagney
Gramophone, January 2017

GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P.: Mirror II / Symfoni, Antifoni / Incontri (BBC Symphony, Dausgaard) 8.226120
GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: String Quartets Nos. 10-11 / Green / No Ground Green / New Ground Green (Kronos Quartet, Theatre of Voices, Hillier) 8.226153
GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P: Traffic/Repriser/Rerepriser/Three Songs to Texts by Politiken/Og (Bod, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Nordin, Valade) 8.226126

On the surface it seems familiar. Sure, there’s the repetition of brief tonal cells; musical quotations (familiar figures from Stravinsky, Sibelius, Mozart); modality; dashes of Nordic colour; quirky instrumentation; simple metre; Stravinskian objectivity; and, overhanging it all, a wry air by which Gudmundsen-Holmgreen makes clear he doesn’t take himself too seriously. But for me there’s something else going on here: at its best his music uses those features only to pass through them into a more mysterious, anonymous zone. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, November 2016

…a set of what must be definitive performances of some quite fascinating works. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review

Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, November 2016

Under any circumstances, a new record by the Kronos Quartet or Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices is worth attending to. Put the two together and that’s even more true. And now, for a couple of pieces by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, base a half hour of it on “a famous old ground that (was) used by Johan Pachelbel in his well-known canon.”

In the words of notater Andrew Mellor, on top of that ground, the resultant “discourse becomes ever more complicated and outlandish and, in this case, fractious, flailing, scared and animalistic.” And, as outrageous as it is to put old Pachelbel on the run this way, it’s also exhilarating and crazily compelling. This is why it is always necessary to keep up with what the Kronos Quartet and Hillier’s Theater of Voices do. © 2016 The Buffalo News

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