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Aeterna

(Concert review)

Makalöst soundtrack till ett klot i obalans

Inte minst i "Aeternas" sista halvtimme där en nattlig färd över ljusen i Peking (?) tolkas av svirrande klangformationer jag aldrig hört maken till och inte begriper hur Esa-Pekka Salonen kunde tämja med sådan bergfast säkerhet. Eller senare där Hanna Holgerssons stämma svävar så paradisiskt vackert och där Hayk Hakobyan med sin armeniska ”duduk” blåser verkets höjdpunkt som river hjärtat ur bröstet på publiken.

Lars Sjöberg, Expressen, 24 augusti 2017

Distant Light

(Record review)

Hillborg, Sweden's best-known living composer, crafted the songs with Fleming in mind, and the result is luminously beautiful — diaphanous surfaces clearing away every so often as to reveal dense, pungent chords and restless harmonies underneath. There are first-rate accompaniments by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under Sakari Oramo.

John von Rhein, Chicago tribune, 11 april 2017

Distant Light

(Record review)

"...As a vehicle for the soaring purity of Fleming’s voice, and as an evocation of Strand’s very finely etched sensibility, Hillborg’s settings are genuinely beautiful and their cumulative effect is powerful.

Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 11 january 2017

Distant Light

(Record review)

The suggestive poetry of Mark Strand must be a spur to any composer’s imagination. In his song-cycle The Strand Settings Anders Hillborg shows how well music can enter this dream-like world where emotions and nature intertwine.

At once alluring and uneasy, the songs are a gift for Renée Fleming, whose siren-like soprano draws the listener on to the unknown. The atmosphere is potently captured by Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 6 January 2017