28 October 2016

Aurale Delikatessen reviews MEPHISTO for Pizzicato

The Danish wind quintet ‘Carion’ presents a whole program of transcriptions specifically made for the ensemble. While the reviewer initially had some doubts about the usefulness of such a project, those doubts were quickly blown away upon hearing the wonderful arrangements made by David Palmquist, always enriching the originals and making optimal use of the available instruments. This creates a colourful sound image, which is also still quite funny, despite the gloomy and omnipresent Mephisto-idea, that can sound wonderfully sarcastic. That way all the pieces become, not least because of the outstanding and lively playing of the ensembles, an aural delight.
A special compliment goes to the sound engineer Torsten Jessen, whose pristine and naturally balanced way of capturing sound is phenomenal.
With most refined arrangements, fresh and vivid performances and a marvellous recorded sound, this CD is a sheer aural delight.
01 – Nicolaus Bruhns – Praeludium in E minor (the Great) // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  1. 01 – Nicolaus Bruhns – Praeludium in E minor (the Great) // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  2. 02 – Jesper Madsen – Five Preludes – I Molto tranquillo // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  3. 03 – Jesper Madsen – Five Preludes – II Moderato // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  4. 04 – Jesper Madsen – Five Preludes – III Maestoso // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  5. 05 – Jesper Madsen – Five Preludes – IV Adagio // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  6. 06 – Jesper Madsen – Five Preludes – V Poco rubato // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  7. 07 – Rued Langgaard – Kristi Himmelfartsdag (Ascension Day), BVN 264 // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  8. 08 – Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann – Allegro maestoso, from Sonata in G minor, Op. 58 // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  9. 09 – Leif Thybo – Sumer is icumen in, Theme with six Variations // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  10. 10 – Tore Bjorn Larsen – Fynsk forarspraeludium // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  11. 11 – Kevin Duggan – Acclamations // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  12. 12 – Kevin Duggan – Hymne til Aero // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan
  13. 13 – Carl Nielsen – Commotio, Op. 58 // Hymne til Ærø - Kevin Duggan