Very light and very slight, but with innocent charms aplenty. Emil Reesen (1887-1964) wrote a series of well crafted, easy-on-the-ear pieces which are enjoyable enough for a listen but which consistently get a little wearisome if they last longer than three minutes. The Schubert variations, for example, are mostly relatively trite. The rhapsody Himmerland is charming enough to pique the listener's interest to begin with, but then goes on and on and on (although there are some rather beautiful passages in there). The shorter works are overall more satisfying; they are mostly pastoral, honeyed, lyrical affairs of summer charms and easy tunes, but put together with enough skill and wit to warrant a hearing. But even in the two suites you cannot quite avoid the feeling of repetitiveness. In any case, the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra players are sympathetic performers and imbue the music with as much charm and color as you could reasonably wish for, all under Bo Holten's sensitive direction. Sound quality is a little distant but overall very good. Again, this is a worthwhile release of innocent, modestly charming trifles, and if you don't have too high expectations it will provide a modicum of enjoyment.