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“It’s tempting to skip straight to the Drake covers and marvel at how beautifully Frederiksen treats them. Drake’s mumbling delivery on record can make deciphering his obtuse lyrics a bit of a struggle, whereas Frederiksen’s crystal-clear diction is a joy. The discreet backings on lutes and theorbo are unfailingly sensitive.” - The Arts Desk 
 

ROAD TRIP PICK: During the last few days, as I drive hills and dales of the Hudson Valley viewing the dappled sunlight and burgeoning green, I've been listening to the album ‘Requiem for a Pink Moon.’ Frederiksen and his ensemble have created an almost seamless album in which Dowland and Drake illuminate one another… I turn these quiet sounds up loud in the car, immersed in the delicacy of thoughtful, ageless songs.” - David Garland, WQXR

 

"I seriously doubt that I will hear another recording this year which will come close to matching the power and grace Requiem for a Pink Moon. In my opening sentence I called this a ‘nearly flawless recording.’I should remove the qualifier, for if there is such a thing as a flawless album, this Requiem is certainly it.” - Seattle Post Intelligencer

 

“An idea that’s so spot-on it’s a wonder nobody thought of it before.” - NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY

 

"A stunning Elizabethan tribute to Nick Drake. Elizabethan meets contemporary classical? Joel Frederiksen is joined by the Ensemble Phoenix Munich to pay more than fitting tribute to the late British troubadour Nick Drake. Hearing these baroque pieces, with Gregorian texts next to ‘Road’ or ‘Which Will’ is a testament to the brilliance of Frederiksen, few true artists would have dared to take such an incredible roll of the musical dice and wind up with results that border on stunning." - CRITICAL JAZZ

 

"Every once in awhile there’s a perfect confluence of concept, repertoire and performance in the recording studio, and a kind of miracle occurs. Joel Frederiksen and his Ensemble Phoenix Munich have given us just such a miracle with Requiem for a Pink Moon. The concept works brilliantly and the music will haunt you. I don’t think there’s been a better album this year " - Craig Zeichner, ARIAMA May 23, 2012

 

"A Crossover Album You Won't Want To Cross Back From" / "a new album so beautiful, so moving, that I'm welling up just thinking about it." - WFCR / New England Public Radio

, Harmonia Mundi USA
28. 2. 2013
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"Not to be missed"

 

Joel Frederiksen: Requiem for a Pink Moon
Harmonia Mundi

A baroque bass singer pays tribute, Tudor style to the short-lived pop balladeer Nick Drake, who killed himself in 1974. Captivating and sincere, Frederiksen never strays near to pastiche or kitsch: this is an exhilarating re-imagination in a period adaptation of uncanny aptness. Not to be missed.

 

*Norman Lebrecht is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and other publications. He has written 12 books about music, the most recent being "Why Mahler?". He hosts the blog Slipped Disc.
 

Open letters monthly, Norman Lebrecht
4. 5. 2012