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Jens F. Laurson
Ionarts, June 2014

It’s very fine, smartly ingratiating yet challenging music eminently worth to listen to. © 2014 Ionarts Read complete review

Paul Driver
The Sunday Times, London, December 2013

Contemporary Composers: #8

Serkin is splendid. © The Sunday Times, London

Scott Noriega
Fanfare, July 2013

Pastorals is a work written as a virtuoso tour de force for the brass…The BBC Symphony Orchestra plays this virtuosic work with panache and gusto. In Marching to Carcasonne the BBC SO gives way to Peter Serkin and the London Sinfonietta, who in this chamber work for piano and 12 instruments produce a much leaner and more transparent sound.

The sound technicians deserve equal credit in the success of this production: The sound is well balanced, the echo effects clear, and the instrumental dialog has been captured so well that, closing one’s eyes, it is hard to believe that one is not in a concert hall. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Daniel Jaffé
BBC Music Magazine, April 2013

Goehr’s abrupt and sometimes fragmentary style sometimes rakes a few listens to grasp but its lean textures and evocative instrumental colours are ideal for Oliver Knussen’s meticulous ear for detail and delight in sonority. Himself the dedicatee of When Adam Fell, Knussen brings out the music’s sparkle and lively character. © 2013 BBC Music Magazine

Cinemusical, March 2013

The way Goehr uses tonality and stretches sonorities to create interesting harmonies will be appealing to those interested in latter 20th century music. The modern qualities of the music are assisted with a very dramatic sense.

Oliver Knussen, as a composer and conductor, has had a long relationship and affinity for programming and presenting the work of modern composers and his performances are always well-thought out. Both ensembles are also quite adept at providing top-notch interpretations of this music. © 2013 Cinemusical Read complete review

Fabrice Fitch
Gramophone, March 2013

Alexander Goehr turned 80 last August and this programme…is as welcome a birthday tribute as one could wish for.

The live performances…are admirably committed and detailed, and very well captured. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, February 2013

Goehr’s music is full of lapidary detail and in the case of When Adam Fell has an impressionistic patina – a sort of dissonant Ravel but always with a sense of line and continuity.

Marching to Carcassonne is…an aural delight with Goehr’s proclivity for filigree assertively to the fore. There is real transparency here and even when the moods are wan and misty the instrumental detail leaps out at you.

This CD adds invaluably to the far from overcrowded Goehr discography… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

The Classical Reviewer, February 2013

This is a wonderful work. Burlesque is a short lively section full of movement and rhythm…Labyrinth…is a large movement that opens with an extended passage for piano and harp. There are lovely passages for flute and harp, rapid passages for strings and brass, exciting passages for piano and woodwind and, towards the end, a passage for piano, delicate strings and percussion. Peter Serkin is excellent in this piece, drawing all the magic and elusive beauty from this music.

This terrific new release is an excellent way to get to know the music of Alexander Goehr but if you already know and enjoy his music then you will not wish to miss this new disc. The recordings are excellent and the booklet notes by Alexander Goehr are authoritative. There are also excellent biographical notes by Ivan Hewett. © 2013 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review

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