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'Aksel!'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Aksel!'

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'Aksel!'

JS Bach Bist du bei mir, BWV508. Cantata No 51 --Jauchzet Gott in alien Landen. Cantata No 68--Mein glaubiges Herze. Cantata No 205 Angenehmer Zephyrus. Magnificat, BWV243 --Quia respexit. St John Passion, BWV245--Ich folge dir gleichfalls Handel Alcina--Barbara! lo ben lo so; Chi m'insegna il caro padre. Eternal Source of Light Divine, HWV74. Joshua, HWV64 --Happy, oh thrice happy we; Oh! had I Jubal's lyre. Messiah, HWV56--How beautiful are the feet; Thou art gone up on high. Rinaldo--Lascia ch'io pianga. Samson, HWV57--Let the bright Seraphim Mozart Exsultate, jubilate, K165--Alleluia. Le nozze di Figaro--Non so piu; Voi, che sapete

Aksel Rykkvin treb Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Nigel Short Signum (F) SIGCD435 (58' * DDD * T/t)

A successful boy treble is every record label's nightmare. No sooner does your artist reach his peak than he is forced to retire for at least a decade. Which is no reason not to celebrate and preserve this fleeting musical moment. Thirteen-year-old Norwegian chorister Aksel Rykkvin is certainly a treble worth preserving--a mature, musical performer whose unbroken voice offers a fascinating alternative take on much of the familiar repertoire recorded here.

Ignore the exclamation mark of the title. It does Rykkvin an enormous disservice, reducing what is an accomplished and adult disc to a novelty nightmare. The music here is carefully chosen--not just textually but musically appropriate for so young a performer. …

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