Niels Rønsholdt's solo piano piece Archive of Emotions and Experiences, Book 1: Birds, was released at Dacapo Records on 12 November. The work is recorded by the Greek pianist Lenio Liatsou.
The critic from Politiken calls it " Wildly beautiful piano poetry of the kind that Rønsholdt can often evoke."
The critic from Seismograf agrees: "In many ways, the composition is a communiqué encouraging a thematic reading about post-apocalypse and climate catastrophe. But it is also extremely caring, loving, welcoming. Altogether I believe this is my favourite from the piano literature of the 21st Century."
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Rønsholdt's cello concerto Country was recorded by the Polish New Music Orchestra with Jakob Kullberg as the singing solo cellist, joined by the singer Annekei and Niels Rønsholdt himself. Country was released by Dacapo Records on 19 November.
The critic from Politiken wrote: "Welcome to the prairie! Niels Rønsholdt creates deeply original music which both feeds the mind and hits beautifully in the stomach [...] The album with the country-playing singing cellist Jakob Kullberg centerstage is a dramatic, alien and yet familiar album that builds the strangest musical cultural bridges."
Seismograf wrote: "The recording of the cello concerto Country - commissioned by the main character Jakob Kullberg - is so successful that it can easily bear a triumphal arch of statuettes and words of praise."
The blog gregersDH also complimented Country: "Rønholdt's ’country’ music makes you constantly prick up your ears to understand what he's up to. Song after song is wrapped and blurred in layers of floating, almost oriental caresses or menacing hugs with melancholic death signals."
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Buy or peruse the score for Country, Part 1 here >>