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'Danish & Faroese Recorder Concertos'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Danish & Faroese Recorder Concertos'

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'Danish & Faroese Recorder Concertos'

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Chacun Son Son Koppel Moonchild's Dream Rasmussen Territorial Songs Michala Petri rec Aalborg Symphony Orchestra / Henrik Vagn Christensen OUR Recordings (F) [SACD] 220609 (57' * DDD/DSD)

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These latest releases from OUR Recordings, the label Michala Petri founded a decade ago, reaffirm the breadth of the contemporary recorder repertoire. 'Nordic Sound' came together as a memorial tribute to Danish composer Axel Borup-Jergensen, represented here by his suite for strings inspired by Swedish lake-land area Sommen and typical in its oblique combining of abrasive energy with austere expectancy. Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's Music for 13 Strings is appreciably more integrated as an overall entity, its trenchant contrapuntal writing redolent of Danish music from the late 1950s. That the other pieces feature recorder is about their only connection: as it title suggests, Bent Sorensen's Whispering is a resourceful study in 'sounds overheard', while Mogens Christensen's Nordic Summer Scherzo has the descant instrument in a wealth of deft and capricious exchanges; most distinctive is Winter Echoes by Sunleif Rasmussen, with recorder and strings as one in a sombre evocation of exquisite poise. …

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