My 14 year old son has said that I should comment on how "odd" this disc is, and I must admit, it is odd but oddly compelling! What Katrine Ring, a Danish, actress, artist, photographer, DJ and composer, has done is to take movements from seven of Vagn Holmboe's chamber concertos and `deconstructed' them. Ring has sampled short sections from the DaCapo recordings of the complete recordings of the concertos and mixed them with other samples including water, children and bird song as well as adding her own linking sections on keyboard. Ring has been using classical music in her DJ work for the last couple of years and the result is something which, while it may leave some people cold, is quite powerful and rhythmic, it is almost minimalist in places and strangely attractive. Yes the resulting music is modern in outlook and may sound better in the club rather than in the concert hall, as I don't think it could be performed live, accept maybe with tape and live keyboard. The final two tracks on the disc are of music composed by Ring as an accompaniment to the suite of eight movements, I feel that the music makes a good ending to the disc.
The disc comes with a bonus disc which contains all the movements from the original recordings, this is a good idea as it allows the listener to hear where Ring is coming from. They were superbly performed by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and the fine recordings come over well here.
The disc is accompanied by a fine booklet essay by Ring herself, here she explains what she intended and how she achieved this, this is really helpful to the listener.
I enjoyed this disc, and while it is not for everyone, I have no qualms in highly recommending this quirky disc!