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Robbie Gerson
Audiophile Audition, October 2017

Modern classical music with a global perspective!

Petri’s instrumental mastery (across three recorders) underscores her commitment to ensemble interplay. © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, September 2017

It is a joy to listen without the political—or, as soloist Michala Petri suggests in a YouTube trailer, the human—statement proposed by the program. The sonorities are beautiful in themselves, with the various recorders high-spirited, poignant, darkly angry, or plucky. Hickey’s writing for the recorder—idiomatic and ingenious in its interactions with other instruments—draws less on the sheer virtuosity for which Petri is justly famous than on her considerable skills at musical characterization, her unparalleled ability to sustain a phrase with rock-solid pitch, and her remarkable capacity to color the sound of her instrument. The writing for brass is sonorous and the woodwinds lively and vivid. The percussion, assembled with the guidance of Gert Mortensen, world-renowned percussionist and professor at the Danish Royal Academy of Music, is imposing and full of character.

Warmly recommended. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Colin Clarke
Fanfare, September 2017

Petri’s virtuosity is predictably impeccable; it is the way that she maintains dialogue with the complex orchestral part that truly impresses, though. The atmospheric gestures at the opening of the central panel are palpable, and there are moments of attractive rhythmic swing in amongst the more frozen sections. Petri is highly expressive. …The performance of the orchestral contribution by the students of the Royal Danish Academy of Music is impeccable and exudes a focus professional orchestras might do well to emulate.

A most interesting recording. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Robert Carl
Fanfare, September 2017

…played with exceptional flair and precision by Petri, all that the composer could possibly hope for. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, September 2017

This is nicely crafted music that seems made to order for Petri’s recorders and the percussion instruments that were available in the Royal Danish Academy of Music. This probably is one of those works that needs to be seen as much as heard. I found it entertaining and communicative… I have no doubts about the excellence of the performance. Petri, the recorder’s reigning goddess, is doing much to expand that instrument’s modern repertoire. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review





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