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C. Michael Bailey
All About Jazz, July 2015

The sound drawn from the Chor Des Bayerichen Rundfunks by Dutch conductor Peter Dijkstra is sumptuous and powerful. Thematically manifold with shifting sonority, this Te Deum explodes with its simple message and method. The Mass is a simpler and more restive affair, quietly brimming with adoration and repose. The “Kyrie” shimmers with its undulating volume and tempi. The “Sanctus” is almost impressionistic in its stark simplicity.

Stark simplicity is the charm of Pärt’s more recent compositions and Dijkstra guides Pärt’s efforts into a concentrated beam of beautiful. © 2015 All About Jazz Read complete review




Malcolm Riley
Gramophone, July 2015

Playing and singing are both beyond reproach, as is the glowing recorded sound in Munich’s Prinzregententheater and Herkulessaal. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, June 2015

These [works] are all masterful examples and the performances are among the best. Dijkstra pays equal attention to choir and orchestra for a detailed soundscape that has great expressive power, a meditative tenderness as called for, and an aural focus so important to this music. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Infodad.com, June 2015

Dijkstra’s recording of some of Pärt’s best choral works cements the composer’s reputation…a sure success for the sheer quality of the performances. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review



Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
The New York Times, June 2015

Mr. Dijkstra offers an absorbing reading of the “Berliner Messe” that strikes a balance between tenderness and magnificence. © 2015 The New York Times Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, May 2015

This CD is an exquisite homage to Arvo Pärt and gives a good overview of his sacred choral works. © 2015 Pizzicato



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, May 2015

These are persuasive performances that can move the listener by their engaging and often haunting devotional intensity. Typically Dijkstra’s judicious preparation ensures that nothing seems improperly forced. The sacred text is reverential, with the voices projecting vividly and blending splendidly through conspicuously immaculate intonation. Expressive character in the singing is nicely balanced with pinpoint accuracy. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, April 2015

This release with Peter Dijkstra has much to commend it, and…this is a very fine set of performances of some of Arvo Pärt’s best choral music. There are some stunning sounds on this recording, and it can take a justifiable place in the evolution of these works as their recorded history unfolds. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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