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December 2015 - Recensie KRONIEK van ODERAN in SF Terra

"Dit boek is een heerlijk sciencefiction-verhaal. Vanaf de eerste bladzijde had het mij in zijn greep! Ik hoop nog veel boeken van Peter Swart te kunnen lezen in de toekomst. Dit is echt een pareltje in het SF-genre. Als je graag SF leest, dan is dit een must! Het is altijd moeilijk om boeken in dit genre te vinden. Maar met deze heb je er echt een gevonden hoor! Aanrader dus!" lees meer...

 

May 2015 - Progwereld: review The Couch

When you are working as a psychologist, in music strongly influenced by the symphonic rock and record an album with the title "The Couch", according to me the point is made. So don't expect exuberant symphonic rock. The sympho-influences that you hear on this album are more in line with that of Anthony Phillips, Camel and the quieter work of Steve Hackett. read more...

 

April 2015 - iO Pages no.128: review The Couch

After heavier conceptalbums, based on the works of Tolkien, Hieronymus Bosch, Hans Christian Andersen and Peter van der Laan, the approach of Peter Swart on THE COUCH is, thematically spoken, somewhat lighter. The central theme consists of actions that you can perform on your lazy couch: dreaming, resting, reading, meditating and playing the guitar. read more...

 

January 2015 - Progpraat! Review The Couch

"For lovers of light music with depth, this is a must. Stories are sung with a voice that emanates tranquility. The narratives are framed with music that sometimes are reminiscent to the sound of a bard, a troubadour from ancient times and sometimes you hear a tentative attempt to symphonic rock, but it is never abundant. Enjoy." read more ...


December 2010 - Maty Leksykon Wielkich Zespotów: review Rofloré

"Peter Swart, using these minimalist forms, tries to move the listener through the infinite expanse of the universe to a star system Kavhalán. The Dutch musician wants to illustrate the loneliness and doubt, a hero of history, but also his personal development. The style which is presented in the background music very much inclines you to think, to have a look deeper into yourself and also discover your own weaknesses, but also hidden opportunities." read more ...

 

September 2009 - Merlin Prog: review Rofloré

"On 'Rofloré' the electric guitar has a much more prominent role than in his earlier work. In this work, there is a wonderful relaxed atmosphere, but when it fires up it seems pretty intense and with good nerve. Swart plays really well throughout the album, and has a striking good technique that is further refined with a great empathy and willingness to expose himself. We just have to admit that this is an album we think is extremely beautiful and filled with very exciting music. We are almost unheard fond of it." read more ...

 

September 2009 - Dutch Progressive Rock Page: review Rofloré

"Rofloré is one of those albums that has the ability to get under the skin and in the right environment is a positive joy to listen to. The playing throughout is very good, with the acoustic sections in particular showing that Swart is a fine technician. The classical guitar work on Impression - Feelings Of Affection - Misdeed is of particular note, which mutates into a lovely melody. There are plenty of cascading melodies and it has to be said that Swart is also a fine composer, particularly in the way that he intermingles themes and effortlessly moves between different tempos both within and between tracks." read more...

 

June 2009 - Progwereld: review Rofloré

"In the (semi-) instrumental prog with sf-like themes, which also borrows from ambient or new age, the supply of sheer rubbish is perhaps greater than in any other area of our favorite genre. With "Rofloré" Swart leaves most of this mess with ease behind." read more ...

 

April 2009 - iO Pages no.86: review Rofloré

"With Rofloré Swart more or less continued his own biography. Like his protagonist, he left the almost cozy safety of his previous albums to venture into the musically more erratic outside world. This openness to the extrovert has led to a melodious journey, which combines strongly all the features of his old work with a drama that will sound familiar to many Genesis fans." read more ...

 

Spring 2007 - Prog résiste no.47: review Shades

"As always the style of Peter Swart is acoustic, atmospheric, very soft, permeated with a great serenity but hardly progressive and without taking innovative risks." read more...

 

October 2006 - iO Pages no.69

"... by order of the English publisher of the works of Tolkien, the lyrics of the song cycle based on this writer are replaced by lyrics of the poet Anna Windig." read more ...

 

May/June 2006 - iO Pages no.66: review Shades

"Shades sounds as a whole and seems more coherent. This is primarily accomplished by the blending of the thirteen miniatures and the fact that a melancholy, wistful atmosphere prevails." read more ...

 

May 2006 - OJE Music: review Shades

"Shades is more balanced than The Path and Swart takes another step in his development." read more ...

 

November 2005 - Prog résiste no.42: review The Path

"This album is a delicacy that you should taste with your eyes closed, in subdued light, in evenings being in a poetic mood." read more ...

 

May/June 2005 - iO Pages no.59: review The Path

"...the triptychA Retrospect/ Towards The Unknown’, inspired by the paintingThe Peddler’ of Hieronymus Bosch and in which a floating electric guitar evokes a beautiful Genesis-like atmosphere." read more ...

 

March 2005 - OJE Music: review The Path

"Long ago Peter Swart had the opportunity to play 'Along Flowing Waters' in the studio of Anthony Phillips on one of his guitars. At that moment Phillips will undoubtedly have felled to be listening to himself." read more ...