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Heel soms beleef je als luisteraar de sensatie dat de afstand tussen jou en de muziek volledig verdwijnt. de nieuwe cd van Sinikka Langeland is daarvan een indrukwekkend voorbeeld. […] een nieuw hoogtepunt in haar oeuvre […] Hoe weergaloos er ook wordt gespeeld, nergens vervalt de groep in effectbejag.
(Very rarely one experiences as a listener that the distance between you and the music disappears completely. The latest CD of Sinikka Langeland is an impressive example of this. […] A new pinnacle in her oeuvre […] Matchlessly played and never falling into sensationalism.)
Mischa Andriessen, Trouw

It’s a session replete with beautiful sounds: Seim’s soft outbreaths pulsing through the tenor against Ounaskari’s deep, sepulchral booms; Langeland’s delicately lucid vocal tones against the precise but rough quality of Tomter’s viola; mysterious, metallic abstractions displaced by a pulsating viola rapture on ‘Caw of the Crane.’ […] For music inspired by the life of forests, and so rooted in traditional folk forms, Langeland’s themes are often invitingly modern-sounding, too.
John Fordham, The Guardian

You could be forgiven for thinking that a little kantele goes a long way. The zither-like stringed instrument produces a magical, almost bell-like sound when plucked of strummed suggesting the tintinnabulation of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt as much as rough-hewn folk. Played by the Norwegian musician/compser Sinikka Langeland, in combination with the viola, tenor sax and percussion of her quartet, it conveys a an other-worldliness that is very appealing. Langeland also sings lyrics (in their original Swedish) from three poems by Tomas Tranströmer that give this album both a title and a sense or reverence for nature. Despite the beauty of her voice, it’s the trance-like instrumentals that compel repeated listening.
Phil Johnson, Independent on Sunday

Das ist ebenso fremde wie berückende Klangmalerei, die der Bratscher Lars Anders Tomter komplettiert. Das nimmt sich Zeit und schenkt genau damit welche, ist emotional berührend und bleibt in den so entfalteten Atmosphären gar nicht fremd. Es dominiert das umgarnend Elegische. Das ist wie gemessene Gänge durch eine weite Natur und vertont sinnlich drei der raren Gedichte des schwedischen Literaturnobelpreisträgers Tomas Tranströmer.
Ulrich Steinmetzger, Leipziger Volkszeitung

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