When the Danish composer Vagn Holmboe (1909-96) started to write guitar music, he had already been composing for half a century. Captivated by this ancient instrument, Holmboe wrote two beautiful sonatas and a number of solo pieces as well as duets for guitar and other instruments, combining his love of simple, transparent structures and organic musical development with the folklore of foreign cultures and his own Nordic roots.
"... The stylistic rather than strictly chronological structuring of the CD program, working from the more serious sonatas to the encore-like folk ballads, works beautifully. The performers, all out-standing Danish musicians, capture the delicate personality of each work perfectly, most especially guitarist Jesper Sivebaek. The engineering is first-rate, with palpable sense of those performers in a real space... The music has charm and substance, I really can’t think of a better way to invest 70 minutes, whether for heart or head."
Ronald E Grames - Fanfare - July/August 2013
"... If you are searching - in terms of music and its presentation - for exemplary craftsmanship, subtely of nuance and a profoundly satisfying experience, you need hear no further."
Guy Rickards - Gramophone magazine - May 2013