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Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, May 2015

Thies Roorda has such a beautiful sound I could listen to it all day. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, March 2015

…Dutch flutist Theis Roorda and Georgian pianist Nata Tsvereli are skilled guides to the music…[they] dispatch even the most challenging pieces with apparent ease and remarkable precision. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Päivi Stenvall
Huilisti, December 2014

The co-operation between the musicians works seamlessly, but the true charm of the recording lies in Roorda’s uncompromisingly engaged playing. The extremely colourful, broad and flexible sound is a prime tool in Karg-Elert’s art, which doesn’t avoid challenging intervals, virtuoso bends and extreme registers of the flute. When on top of all there is a fair amount of attitude in the playing, the listener is being offered an extraordinary listening experience. © 2014 Huilisti



Anthony Caldicott
The Karg Elert Archive, August 2014

The recent issue on the Naxos label of…the complete works for flute provides an ideal opportunity for this unique achievement to be recognised, an achievement marked by the outstanding interpretative skills of the two distinguished performers. We warmly recommend this recording, which represents a landmark in the recognition of such an important part of Karg-Elert’s compositional output.

As the notes so fittingly state ‘For a flautist, as the player of a monophonic instrument without the support of accompaniment, it is the supreme challenge to penetrate the deeper meaning of the work.’ It’s a challenge which Theis Roorda confronts with supreme artistry… © 2014 The Karg Elert Archive



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2014

The music of Sigfrid Karg-Elert is making a comeback, having slumped in popularity outside the organ loft, these discs offering his complete works for flute. All were written over the period 1917–1919 and postdate the period when he was influenced by Schoenberg, Debussy being the genesis for his style at the time. That means we hear lyric, tonal and highly pleasing scores, obviously intended to show the technique of the performer without in any way becoming overt showpieces. I particularly enjoy the Suite pointillistique where I entirely concur with his description of ‘wondering into an undiscovered exotic dreamland where objects are enveloped in a strange light and the contours become a quivering blur’. I would have to say that the Thirty Caprices will be of greater interest to flautists who will revel in the challenges they present in ever changing moods and tempos. Never having seen the music I have to take the performances at face value, but they do sound highly persuasive. Thies Roorda is the principal flute of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic…His piano partner, Nata Tsvereli, comes from Georgia but now enjoys a career from her base in the Netherlands. Very good sound and balance between instruments. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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