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Lindsay Koob
American Record Guide, March 2013

Performances are smooth, sonorous, and often thrilling…Soloists, choir, and orchestra are in top form. Readers on the lookout for rare, but worthwhile repertoire and male choir fans should jump on this one. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Raymond Tuttle
International Record Review, February 2013

Throughout, Hold-Garrido conducts with great dynamism and the Malmo Opera orchestra also goes for the gusto. The engineering is exciting and ideally balanced. © International Record Review

Hilary Finch
BBC Music Magazine, December 2012

Seven resonant Romantic rarities…are enthusiastically performed. © 2012 BBC Music Magazine

Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, December 2012

I include this disc purely and simply because of the rarity of some of these works on disc… © 2012 MusicWeb International

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2012

A most intriguing disc gathering together seven 19th-century choral works written for male voices and orchestra. With the exception of the Debussy, written as a student entry for the Prix de Rome, they all come from their composer’s mature years. Those familiar with Sibelius’s Kullervo Symphony will know what to expect in the heroic harmoniclanguage. By contrast Debussy only shows glimpses as the composer of intrinsically French music, the influence seemingly spilling over from Germany. Richard Strauss’s settings of Eichendorff’s four poems Tageszeiten (Times of the Day) contains Mittagsruhe (Midday Rest), offers a picture of peace in a summer noontide, though here it sounds rather restless. The disc’s most extended work, and probably the best known, comes with Bruckner’s Helgoland, a score recalling the inhabitants of ancient Heligoland who were saved from Roman invaders by divine intervention. Highly charged and at times sounding like a scherzo from one of his symphonies, it has the choral writing of Wagner rising to a thunderous closing passage. Schubert was to return several times to an almost equally extended work, Gesang der Geister uber den Wassern (Song of the Spirits of the Waters), the score eventually appearing in many guises. Not one of the composer’s more profound scores, it is here much overshadowed by Wagner’s Das Liebesmahl der Apostel  (The Feast of Penticost). Grieg’s Landkjenning (Land Sighting) separates the two and comes as the discs’s lightweight track…the northern voices of the Lund Student Singers…perform with commendable vigour, while the Malmö Opera Orchestra is excellent under the Finnish trained conductor, Alberto Hold-Garrido. Appropriately fulsome sound quality. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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