Review of TRACHEA in Gramophone

 Schola Cantorum under Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl sound impressive and know how to work the atmospheric sound.» — GRAMOPHONE NOVEMBER 2019

Most notably in the title-track by Martin Ødegaard, a wordless, vibrating Rothko of a piece for the multiple windpipes of double choir and four rasping horns, in which the spatial sound emphasises Ødegaard’s ability to momentarily hold something in the air even as his waves of sound keep coming. There is a fine line between fluffy stuff and cloudbursts of real invention; I’m not convinced by Ståle Kleiberg’s Alt i universet or Frøy Aagre’s Gloria. Karin Rehnqvist’s When I Close My Eyes I Dream of Peace makes a marginally better impression in the generous acoustic of Uranienborg Church than it did at the 2018 Nordic Music Days in Helsinki, but there’s far more fertility in Bjørn Morten Christophersen‘s Oak and Mayfly, which claws its way up through a story by Hans Christian Andersen with sure counterpoint that takes the long view. Schola Cantorum under Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl sound impressive and know how to work the atmospheric sound.» — GRAMOPHONE NOVEMBER 2019

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