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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Ten Pieces of Op. 58 date from 1909, the year of the String Quartet (Voces intimae). They are delightful and by no means just trivial. Each has its own sobriquet and shows real keyboard character. The final rather solemn Summer Song is memorable, as is the wistful mood of the first of the Two Rondinos, written two years later; the second sparkles most pianistically. The three Sonatinas, written together in the summer of 1912, are also full of charming ideas, giving the impressions of a composer relaxing in holiday mood. Håvard Gimse plays all this music freshly, and this Naxos disc more than bears out the promise of its companions.

Robert Cummings, January 2002

"On the whole the Ten Pieces are attractive and would be enjoyed by most listeners who find piano music from latter half of the 19th century to their liking...Havard a talented pianist whose sense for nuance and lightness of touch seem perfectly attuned to this charming music. Naxos provides its usual excellent sound and fine notes."

Turok’s Choice, December 2001

"Norwegian performers shine on discs devoted to piano music by Sibelius with Havard Gimse? Gimse, perhaps Norway's most gifted emerging pianist, keeps the music very much alive."

David Fanning

"Even in such pale Schumann imitations as the 'Dialogue', you sense a bigger piece struggling to get out, and the young Norwegian pianist is sensitive to these implications. There is also much more to the two Rondinos than their modest generic title would suggest. Here, too, Gimse shows a lively musical intelligence and an appreciation of Sibelius's concentrated sternness of utterance. The piano too is clear and true."

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