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Snowbells

Bent Sørensen

In this world premiere recording of Bent Sørensen's atmospheric vocal work Snowbells with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and conductor Paul Hillier, the listener is guided through an almost unearthly landscape of human voices interwoven with the recorded sound of church bells. The CD also offers a selection of sacred and secular choral works by Sørensen with texts by leading Danish poets, from both Romanticism and the present day.

 

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MANIFEST - But There's No Need To Shout

Simon Christensen

Simon Christensen’s string quartet "MANIFEST– But There’s No Need To Shout" is an outstanding work in one single movement, exclusively using the open strings of the instruments. The combination of the rich world of harmonics in the open strings and the harshly and richly dissonant chords result in a unique, dark and lustrous sound. The absence of melody and dramatic effect provides rich scope for absorption in this original universe.

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Saul og David

Carl Nielsen

 

This DVD presents a spectacular new production of Carl Nielsen's dramatic debut opera, Saul & David from 1901 - a production marking the Royal Danish Opera’s celebration of the composer's 150th anniversary in 2015.

King Saul, bitterly jealous of young David, who won the favour of the people by defeating the giant Goliath, is staged in a highly original fashion by acclaimed English director and Nielsen enthusiast David Pountney, who updates the Biblical story to our own time, lending it psychological and political undertones.

The performance is conducted by Nielsen expert Michael Schønwandt and presents an array of Denmark's leading singers with Johan Reuter in the demanding role of King Saul, Niels-Jørgen Riis as David and Ann Petersen as his beloved Mikal.

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Carl Nielsen sung by the Danish National Choirs

Carl Nielsen’s (1865-1931) large production of around 300 songs comes in many forms. In this collection we hear 25 choral versions of the most popular Nielsen songs like Den danske sang er en ung, blond pige and Solen er så rød, mor as well as more rarely heard or even unknown choral songs. Listen, for example, to the composer’s beautiful – but today entirely forgotten – proposal for a new Danish national anthem; a handful of fine pieces for male choir and not least a series of polyphonic songs for children’s and girls’ choir, including rare jewels and some of the most well-loved songs in Danish schools and homes today.

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Danish Romantic Piano Trios

Gade, Lange-Müller & Langgaard

This debut album of The Danish Piano Trio presents a fascinating string of Romantic trios. From the perfectly balanced world of Danish music’s ‘godfather’ Niels W. Gade over the sensitive and dramatic turn-of-the-century art of P.E. Lange-Müller, the album concludes with the beautiful single-movement Mountain Flowers from 1908 by the hyper-Romantic prodigy Rued Langgaard.

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The Complete Organ Works

Dietrich Buxtehude

This acclaimed recording series of the complete organ works of Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707) offers a unique musical journey in the footsteps of the Danish-German Baroque master. Organist Bine Bryndorf explores Buxtehude’s inventive stylus phantasticus through the beautiful sound of five historic organs around the Baltic area, beginning in the composer’s native town of Elsinore, and ending in Lübeck, where his successor J.S. Bach famously went to experience the art of the ageing organ legend.

 

"Bryndorf proves an elegant stylist, using the full range of the instruments. Impressive!"
 Classic FM

"Bine Bryndorf’s excellent taste in registration, articulation and sense of musical line really illuminate the music from within ... Highly recommended."  BBC Music Magazine

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Maskarade

Carl Nielsen

Carl Nielsen's vivid comedy opera ”Maskarade has enjoyed a natural status as Denmark's national opera ever since its first performance at the Royal Danish Opera in 1906. On this recording, Nielsen expert Michael Schønwandt leads a sparkling cast of today’s finest Nielsen singers and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra through the delightful yet stirring comedy plot. Recorded in the ideal acoustic of DR Koncerthuset, this is the 21st century’s first studio recording of Nielsen’s much-loved opera, appropriately released to celebrate the Danish composer’s 150th anniversary.

 

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Viola Works

Axel Borup-Jørgensen

Throughout his composing career, the dark tone of the viola fascinated Axel Borup-Jørgensen (1924-2012) and was a rich resource for the expressive world of his music. In the works on this CD, one hears the development that Borup-Jørgensen underwent, from the highly accessible and nature-lyrical Duo for Violin and Viola Op. 12 through the clearly more abstract-sounding Mobiles after Alexander Calder Op. 38 to the intensely lyrical and richly detailed O Bäume Lebens op. 81.

 

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Per Nørgård awarded Germany's leading music prize

Danish composer Per Nørgård has been awarded the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of his lifelong contribution to music. Dacapo Records will release the composer's symphonies 2, 4, 5 and 6 with the Oslo Philharmonic and John Storgårds.

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New video: Snowbells by Bent Sørensen

View our video trailer from the recording session of Bent Sørensen's "Sneklokker" with Paul Hillier and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.

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The Danish Piano Trio presents debut album in Carnegie Hall

The Danish Piano Trio brings new album of native Romantic repertoire to US debut recital

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Nørgård symphonies win Gramophone Award

The Vienna Philharmonic's recording of Per Nørgård symphonies win this year's Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording

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1. Maskarade
Carl Nielsen

2. Wood Works (CD)

3. Symphonies 1 & 8
Per Nørgård

4. ReWrite of Spring
Lars Møller

5. Sounds Like You
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