The Height of Reeds Image
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics What's this?

User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Be the first to review!

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Originally commissioned by the city of Hull to celebrate the strong relationship with Scandinavia features the Norwegian trumpeter as well as Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, Jez Riley French and the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North conducted by Justin Doyle.
Buy On
  • Record Label: Rune Grammofon
  • Genre(s): Avant-Garde, Modern Composition, Structured Improvisation, Sound Sculpture
  • More Details and Credits »
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Uncut
    Oct 29, 2018
    90
    An extraordinarily, beautiful, haunting piece of music. [Dec 2018, p.25]
  2. Oct 29, 2018
    80
    Unlike similarly conceived recordings, this doesn't act as a pleasant backdrop for engaging in other activities; instead, it quietly refuses revelation without active participation from the listener.
  3. The Wire
    Oct 29, 2018
    70
    Choirboys sing the poems of Nils Christian Moe-Repstad over Eivind Aarset’s guitar, but as with the more expansive orchestral passages, it can come across as earnestly ecclesiastical. The most affecting pieces are those where Henriksen and Bang strip it down, such as on “The Swans Bend Their Necks Backward To See God”, where pitched down trumpet lows like foghorns over the Humber valley. [Nov 2018, p.68]
  4. Mojo
    Oct 29, 2018
    60
    Solemn, aesthetically rigorous environment this music occupies. [Dec 2018, p.93]