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Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

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Shortlisted - Choral

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Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58


Ilse Eerens (soprano), Michaela Selinger (alto), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor) & Florian Boesch (bass)

Collegium Vocale Gent - Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe

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Antonín Dvorak’s daughter Josefa died on 21 September 1875. In response to this bereavement, Dvorak composed the initial version of his Stabat Mater – for four soloists, choir, and piano – between 19 February and 7 May 1876. He then set the work aside without orchestrating it. Soon after this, he lost his other two children in the space of a few weeks, his daughter Ružena on 13 August and his son Otokar on 8 September 1877. At this point he returned to the manuscript abandoned the previous sacred music and established him notably in Great Britain, where his reputation was to remain firm for the rest of his life.

This rarely recorded masterpiece has also inspired Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent. Along with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, they strip the work of all Romantic excess. The result is a spiritual journey from the sombre opening bars to the final Amen, underlining the universal grandeur of this major work of sacred music.

Antonin Dvorák: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

I. Stabat Mater dolorosa (Quartet, Chorus), Andante con moto

II. Quis est homo, qui non fleret (Quartet), Andante sostenuto

III. Eja, Mater, fons amoris (Chorus), Andante con moto

IV. Fac, ut ardeat cor meum (Bass Solo, Chorus), Largo

V. Tui nati vulnerati (Chorus), Andante con moto, quasi allegretto

VI. Fac me vere tecum flere (Tenor Solo, Chorus), Andante con moto

VII. Virgo virginum praeclara (Chorus), Largo

VIII. Fac, ut portem Christi mortem (Duet), Larghetto

IX. Inflammatus et accensus (Alto Solo), Andante maestoso

X. Quando corpus morietur (Quartet, Chorus), Andante con moto

Gramophone Magazine

July 2013

“all of Herreweghe's performers clearly love this ravishing music, relishing every detail of this beautifully nuanced score...the choral sound is warm and wide without any congestive blasting...What is especially pleasing is the soloists' contribution. They really listen to each other and achieve a subtle blend...This new release must be the top choice.”

International Record Review

July/August 2013

“Herreweghe, abetted by intelligent recording, has clearly taken much trouble to make these [solo] voices blend with the Collegium Vocale Gent and also with Dvorak's beautifully sensitive orchestration.”

BBC Music Magazine

September 2013

***

“Herreweghe's tempo in the epic first movement is relatively brisk, which makes its central section seem slightly rushed. Pity, since the soloists are excellent and the choral sound is nicely focused.”

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York Bowen: The complete works for violin and piano

York Bowen: The complete works for violin and piano


Bowen:

Sonata in E Minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 112

Allegretto, Op. 105

Suite for Violin & Piano, Op. 28

Melody for the G string, Op. 47

Phantasie in E minor, Op. 34

Song

Bolero

Melody

Albumleaf

Violin Sonata in B minor, Op. 7

Romance in D flat major

Serenade

Valse harmonique


Chloë Hanslip (violin) & Danny Driver (piano)

Young virtuoso Chloë Hanslip and York Bowen specialist Danny Driver present Bowen’s complete works for violin and piano. Many of these works have never been recorded or indeed published before, and have been excavated from the archives by Driver himself. This double album is therefore a valuable resource for admirers of a composer whom Hyperion has done so much to champion through recordings. This body of work includes juvenilia, miniatures (written with an eye to academic performance during Bowen’s years as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, but all impressive enough in quality to be concert works), his two Violin Sonatas, a Suite and a number of single-movement works. All show a superb composer of chamber music, a genuine original with a performer’s ear.

“Violinist and pianist on this set do these minor pieces ideally, and full marks to Chloe Hanslip and Danny Drive for neither milking them sentimentally nor condescending to their simplicity by over-exaggeration.” International Record Review, May 2013

“[Hanslip's] playing reminds me of some of the finest and most individual players of the past. There is an elegance and gallantry to her phrasing that cannot be taught or practiced – it's just there...In her performing colleague Danny Driver she has the ideal co-creator of musical magic...this is a superlative pair of discs. Bowen might not be a genius, but if ever a pair of performers were going to persuade me otherwise, this would be the team.” MusicWeb International, 16th May 2013

“one idiomatic opportunity after another is seized on by Chloë Hanslip with panache, poise, and laser-like accuracy...My only reservation about these excellent performances concerns Danny Driver's accompaniments: superbly fluent and supportive, they're also perhaps a touch more self-effacing than they need to be.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 ****

“there's a wholly infectious conviction, spontaneity and panache about these superbly accomplished performances that lend them special distinction. Chloe Hanslip plays with the most enviably sweet and subtly variegated tone...[Driver's] irreproachably eager and stylish pianism is a joy to encounter.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

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Viktor Kalabis: Symphonies and Concertos

Viktor Kalabis: Symphonies and Concertos


Kalabis:

Symphony No. 2 'Sinfonia pacis' for Large Orchestra, Op. 18

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdeněk Košler

Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 17

Petr Škvor (violin)

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Viktor Kalabis

Symphonic Variations for Large Orchestra, Op. 24

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Concerto for Large Orchestra (Concerto per grande orchestra), Op. 25

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Ladislav Slovák

Symphony No. 3 for Large Orchestra, Op. 33

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra 'Le tambour de villevieille', Op. 36

Miroslav Kejmar (trumpet)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Miloš Konvalinka

Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 42

Zuzana Růžičková (harpsichord)

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Viktor Kalabis

Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 49

Josef Suk (violin)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch

Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, Op. 64

Milan Langer (piano)

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tomáš Koutník

Concertino for Bassoon and Wind Instruments, Op. 61

Jiří Formáček (bassoon)

Czech Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Miloš Formáček


To mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of Viktor Kalabis, one of the most distinguished 20th-century Czech composers, Supraphon is releasing this special selection of his symphonies and concertos. The life of Kalabis and his wife, the renowned harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková, was first afflicted by war and subsequently by the straitjacket of the Communist regime. The two forms of lack of freedom would have a marked impact on Kalabis’s work.

His Sinfonia pacis, one of the most frequently performed contemporary Czech pieces abroad, reflects the escalating tensions of the Cold War, without the composer succumbing to the clichés of the Communist “peace” proclamations. In connection with Symphony No. 3 (1970-71), its creator talked about the anxiety prevailing during the post-occupation years, defiance, as well as the final resignation beneath the unceasing suppression of truth. Kalabis’s works duly enjoyed the attention of renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists (the Berliner Philharmoniker, Matačić, Casadesus, Blomstedt, Rilling, Ančerl, etc.). This new selection of recordings bears witness to a superlative composer, as well as the dark atmosphere of the time during which this music came to life. Viktor Kalabis’s symphonies and concertos – the legacy of a distinct composer and a fraught era.

“there is no doubting the quality of all these musicians, Supraphon's original engineering or Kalabis's profound, stirring music” MusicWeb International, 13th May 2013

“this excellent collection, despite the variable age and quality of some recordings, will do very nicely in bringing [Kalabis's] name before a wider audience” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

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Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes

Recorded live at the Teatro all Scala, June 2012


John Graham-Hall (Peter Grimes), Susan Gritton (Ellen Orford), Christopher Purves (Balstrode), Felicity Palmer (Auntie), Ida Falk Winland (First Niece), Simona Mihai (Second Niece), Peter Hoare (Bob Boles), Daniel Okulitch (Swallow), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mrs. Sedley), Christopher Gillett (Rev. Horace Adams), George Von Bergen (Ned Keene)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Robin Ticciati (conductor) & Richard Jones (director)

The Italian and international press were unanimous in their praise for Peter Grimes at La Scala, which revived the tradition of Britten's operas on the lyric stages of Italy. A strong British cast was marshalled by the baton of Robin Ticciati, who has already won golden opinions for his opera conducting.

Richard Jones's production focuses on the fisherman as the outsider in a brutal society, cut off by mutual suspicion and misunderstanding: an unforgettable production of an opera that never loses its power.

Extra feature: Interviews with cast and crew.

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KR

Running time: 168 minutes

“[Grimes is] no tough fisherman but a seedy inadequate cringing from the local teenagers, and suggesting all too contemporary abuse problems. John Graham-Hall evokes his contorted inner life superbly, but with leaner tones than competitors on video” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ***

“the pride and joy of Richard Jones's production, not to be missed, is its unerring grasp of the psychology and tiered relationship of all the characters. ...Ticciati eschews the weighty, rather Germanic approach of older conductors...concentrating (like Goodall or Hickox) on rhythmic and instrumental subtleties” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“Jones has instilled in his singing actors a level of detail and a harrowing believability one is more accustomed to encountering in spoken drama...Gritton's Ellen is remarkable...[Graham-Hall ] lives his role - earnest, lonely, impulsive, with a desperate desire for acceptance...Ticciati is in full control from the start” International Record Review, June 2013

“Jones’s production is uncompromising in its hard- hitting emotionalism...The cast isn’t a series of grotesques but a collection of cameos most of us would recognise in our own daily lives. Robin Ticciati conducts a detailed and loving account of the score, and La Scala’s orchestra responds with depth of feeling.” Opera Now ****

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Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes

Recorded live at the Teatro all Scala, June 2012


John Graham-Hall (Peter Grimes), Susan Gritton (Ellen Orford), Christopher Purves (Balstrode), Felicity Palmer (Auntie), Ida Falk Winland (First Niece), Simona Mihai (Second Niece), Peter Hoare (Bob Boles), Daniel Okulitch (Swallow), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mrs. Sedley), Christopher Gillett (Rev. Horace Adams), George Von Bergen (Ned Keene)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Robin Ticciati (conductor) & Richard Jones (director)

The Italian and international press were unanimous in their praise for Peter Grimes at La Scala, which revived the tradition of Britten's operas on the lyric stages of Italy. A strong British cast was marshalled by the baton of Robin Ticciati, who has already won golden opinions for his opera conducting.

Richard Jones's production focuses on the fisherman as the outsider in a brutal society, cut off by mutual suspicion and misunderstanding: an unforgettable production of an opera that never loses its power.

Extra feature: Interviews with cast and crew.

Running time: 168 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KR

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“[Grimes is] no tough fisherman but a seedy inadequate cringing from the local teenagers, and suggesting all too contemporary abuse problems. John Graham-Hall evokes his contorted inner life superbly, but with leaner tones than competitors on video.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ***

“the pride and joy of Richard Jones's production, not to be missed, is its unerring grasp of the psychology and tiered relationship of all the characters. ...Ticciati eschews the weighty, rather Germanic approach of older conductors...concentrating (like Goodall or Hickox) on rhythmic and instrumental subtleties” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“Jones has instilled in his singing actors a level of detail and a harrowing believability one is more accustomed to encountering in spoken drama...Gritton's Ellen is remarkable...[Graham-Hall ] lives his role - earnest, lonely, impulsive, with a desperate desire for acceptance...Ticciati is in full control from the start.” International Record Review, June 2013

“Jones’s production is uncompromising in its hard- hitting emotionalism...The cast isn’t a series of grotesques but a collection of cameos most of us would recognise in our own daily lives. Robin Ticciati conducts a detailed and loving account of the score, and La Scala’s orchestra responds with depth of feeling.” Opera Now ****

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The Complete Quilter Songbook Volume 1

The Complete Quilter Songbook Volume 1


Quilter:

Four Shakespeare Songs, Op. 30

Two Songs, Op. 26

London Spring

Three Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6

Trollie Lollie Laughter

Songs of Sorrow, Op. 10

'Tis Saint Valentine's Day

Hark! Hark! The lark

Come Lady-Day

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Tell me Where is Fancy Bred

Three Pastoral Songs, Op. 22

Two Shakespeare Songs, Op. 32

A Song at Parting

Five Shakespeare Songs Op. 23


Mark Stone (baritone) & Stephen Barlow (piano)

Première recording of the complete songs of Roger Quilter (1877-1953)

The first of four discs that will comprise Quilter’s complete songs, and the only recording of every song by England’s best-loved song composer, performed by English song devotees Mark Stone & Stephen Barlow. The original Sony CD, no longer available, has been rearranged, remastered, and redesigned with full notes and texts.

Features Quilter's settings of Shakespeare, Stevenson and Dowson.

“Stephen Barlow's project to record all of Quilter's songs is a worthy one... this first instalment, sensitively sung by baritone Mark Stone with Barlow accompanying, is a promising start” Guardian

“it is all very decorous and gentlemanly. The performance respects that restraint, and never pries too far beneath the immaculate veneers; all perfectly pleasant, but this is music to sample piecemeal rather than in large helpings.” The Guardian, 14th March 2013 ***

“Stone could not be more sensitive in his response to the words with his remarkably clear diction, and his accompanist, Stephen Barlow, is comparably understanding...An outstanding disc of English song” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“Stone's sturdy baritone and Barlow's bright accompaniment bring out the Debussyian melodic elegance in Quilter's songs, while avoiding the preciosity that sometimes afflicts them.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

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Schnittke: Chamber Music Volume 2

Schnittke: Chamber Music Volume 2


Schnittke:

Piano Quartet

with Louise Bessette (piano)

String Trio

Piano Quintet, Op. 108

with Louise Bessette (piano)


Molinari Quartet

Internationally acclaimed by the public and the critics since its foundation in 1997, the Molinari Quartet has established a mandate to perform works from the 20th and 21st centuries, repertoire for string quartet, and to commission new works. Recipients of 14 Opus Prizes awarded by the Quebec Music Council, the Molinari Quartet is described by the critics as "Canada's answer to the Kronos or Arditti Quartet."

“That any group could play this music better than the Montreal-based Quatuor Molinari is inconceivable. They take a line, have an angle.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

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I Viaggi di Faustina

I Viaggi di Faustina

Faustina Bordoni’s journeys to Naples


Bononcini, A M:

Lasciami un sol momento (from Rosiclea in Dania)

Mancini, F:

Canta e dì caro usignolo (from Traiano)

Traiano: Sinfonia

Spera sì, mio caro bene (from Traiano)

Porpora:

Son prigionera d’amore (from Poro)

Agrippina: Sinfonia

Raggio amico di speranza (from Poro)

Sarro:

Tortora che il suo bene (from Partenope)

Concerto per flauto e archi

Vinci, Leonardo:

Scendi da questo soglio (from Il Trionfo di Camilla)

Confusa, smarrita (from Catone in Utica)

Un guardo solo ancor (from Il Trionfo di Camilla)

Non ti minaccio sdegno (from Catone in Utica)

Parto ma con qual core: Ecco mi parto...Qual rusceletto


With 'I Viaggi di Faustina' Glossa launches a new collection focusing on famous Italian singers from the 17th and 18th centuries, whose travels [viaggi] bear witness to the intense level of artistic activity then taking place in the major cities of Europe.

Faustina Bordoni, the brilliant diva with whom we begin this series, pursued her career mainly in Naples (the principal focus of this CD) and Venice, but also in cities such as Bologna, Parma, Dresden and London. These were cities hosting – with great success – operas by Johann Adolph Hasse (Bordoni’s husband), Nicola Porpora, Leonardo Vinci, Francesco Mancini and Domenico Sarro; most of these composers are represented on this first selection of wonderful arias.

The artist chosen to reincarnate Faustina Bordoni is considered by many to be the leading soprano in Baroque music today: Roberta Invernizzi. In repertoire that fits like a glove, Invernizzi displays her renowned virtuosity along with a shared musical sensitivity with Antonio Florio and I Turchini.

This is Roberta Invernizzi’s second release on Glossa as the main protagonist, the first being her outstanding and very highly-appreciated album of Vivaldi arias. Devised by the scholar Dinko Fabris and conductor Antonio Florio, with further musicological advice coming from Juan José Carreras and Giulia Veneziano, this new collection also gives a central importance to the texts and to the iconography which put each recording in context; in this way endeavouring to create the most complete and stimulating vision possible of the conditions surrounding these inimitable artists.

“Invernizzi triumphs in this recording, re-animating Baroque prima donna Faustina Bordoni's legacy with grace and authority. The Italian soprano deftly captures Bordoni's celebrated qualities with precision, noble invention and pure yet warm tone. She sings with a dramatic intensity, poised virtuosity and disarming spontaneity that shows us how Bordoni often moved her audiences to tears.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 *****

“this is another disc that will win friends for the stylish art of Invernizzi and buried treasure of the Italian Baroque.” International Record Review, June 2013

“Invernizzi's beautiful slow singing and the sensitive string band are breathtaking in the siciliano 'Un guardo solo ancor' from Vinci's Il trionfo di Camilla'.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

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Shostakovich & Beethoven: String Quartets

Shostakovich & Beethoven: String Quartets


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 'Rasumovsky No. 2'

Shostakovich:

String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73


Valentin Berlinsky Quartet

The Zurich-based Valentin Berlinsky Quartet, named in honour of the legendary founding cellist of the Borodin Quartet, continues its series on Avie pairing the works of Beethoven and Shostakovich.

The Valentin Berlinsky Quartet made an auspicious recording debut last year with highly acclaimed readings of Shostakovich's String Quartets Nos. 7 and 8, and Beethoven's first Razumovsky. Augmenting an already impressive pedigree - Yo-Yo Ma praised their "pure music making," while David Zinman hailed "a quartet that has a bright future" - this Zurich-based foursome continues their series on Avie pairing the two composers.

The Valentin Berlinsky Quartet chose its name to honour the legendary founding cellist of the Borodin Quartet, receiving the blessing for their attribution from the cellist's daughter, pianist Ludmila Berlinskaia with whom the Quartet frequently performs. Beethoven and Shostakovich were composers who dominated the quartet genre during their respective eras and whose strong musical contrasts and rapidly changing mood swings complement each other superbly.

The award-winning members of the Valentin Berlinsky Quartet are four of the finest musicians working in Switzerland today, principal players in the Zurich Opera and Tonhalle Orchestras. As chamber musicians they have worked with such artists as Martha Argerich, Julia Fischer and Radu Lupu. In addition to performances throughout Europe and China, the Quartet has reached audiences further afield through their numerous YouTube videos, including their recording of Beethoven's Second Razumovsky Quartet.

Critical acclaim for the Valentin Berlinsky Quartet's earlier Beethoven and Shostakovich album on Avie: "Warmth, blend and polish...Recommended." - Gramophone

"Astonishing...playing that combines technical perfection with exceptional maturity and musical insight." - BBC Music Magazine

"Probing, impassioned playing that leaves no emotional stone unturned, complemented by a lucidly natural recording." - The Strad

“The players strongly empathise with the frequent moments of darkness and despair in Shostakovich's music...The performance of the Beethoven has many virtues, not least in its purposeful drive in the outer movements” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 ****

“the playing is energetic and insightful...All in all, the Berlinskys make such a convincing argument for these two composers as obvious bedfellows that it's hard to understand why this series hasn't been undertaken countless times before.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

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Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Archduke Trio

Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Archduke Trio


Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend

Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat Major, Op. 97 'Archduke'


Storioni Trio: Wouter Vossen (violin), Marc Vossen (cello), Bart van de Roer (fortepiano)

In recent years the Storioni Trio has established itself as the leading Dutch piano trio. On this disc they perform two of Beethoven’s major works, the Triple Concerto opus 56, and the “Archduke” Trio opus 97. They are joined in the concerto by the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend.

The Storioni Trio was founded in 1995 and the members of the trio are artistic directors of the annual Storioni Festival which has takes place annualy in Eindhoven during January. In the four previous years of the event guest perfomers have included Gidon Kremer, Jean- Yves Thibaudet, Natalia Gutman, Mischa Maisky, and the Brentano and Skampa Quartets.

Recently the Storioni Trio has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the orchestras of Limburg, Brabant, Enschede, Mannheim and Dortmund. The trio has received various prizes and awards, and performs regularly on radio and television. The 4 CDs that the group have recorded for the label Pentatone which have featured works by Brahms, Röntgen, Schubert and Beethoven, have gained recognition from international publications including the Gramophone and The Strad.

“This is Beethoven at both his most grandly festive and his most playful and teasing, revelling in the exploration of new colours and textures, which in the largo achieve a rapt beauty. These splendid Dutch forces do it proud.” Sunday Times, 28th April 2013

“Those who might not count the Triple Concerto among Beethoven's finest works could well be swayed by this intelligently balanced, beautifully played performance...in the Archduke Trio, the Storioni are equally impressive, stylistically deep inside the music and conveying both its muscle and its inspired allure.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“The Storioni Trio is an ensemble to be reckoned with, and their performance is nuanced towards every detail of Beethoven’s phrasing and dynamic range. The orchestra too, under Jan Willem de Wriend, is sensitive in supporting the solo group. As such the performance in this beautifully engineered CD deserves the highest praise” MusicWeb International, 2nd October 2013

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Vagn Holmboe: Concertos

Vagn Holmboe: Concertos


Holmboe:

Concerto for Viola, Op. 189

Lars Anders Tomter (viola)

Concerto for Orchestra

Concerto for Violin No. 2, Op. 139

Erik Heide (violin)


The solo concertos for violin and viola are works that combine Holmboe’s own purist Nordic style with a huge declaration of love for the wild and dancing eastern European folk music.

Holmboe’s Concerto for Orchestra (composed in his youth in1929) has never been performed before and all three works are world premiere recordings.

“'Concertos' is an excellent place to start a collection of Holmboe's music, a path that all true music lovers should take unhesitatingly...the quality playing of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and two fine soloists, this disc, even with the sub-hour running time, adds up to a must-have.” MusicWeb International, 17th June 2013

“That this is one the finest viola concertos ever penned I have not the slightest doubt, and it is thrown off with dazzling virtuosity by Tomter and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

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