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Chimes of Memory

Fuzzy

“Chimes of Memory” is a diverse collection of works by the Danish composer and musician Fuzzy (b. 1939). In the title work, recorded on a historic digital audio workstation at the Danish Radio, Fuzzy gazes deep into the well of memory. In the other works we meet magnificent organ music written for the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris alongside witty, experimental and dream-like sounds played on saxophone, harp and, not least, the composer’s beloved old grand piano before it ended its days beneath the stars at the Copenhagen waste incinerator.

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Burst

This collection of works for saxophone and percussion by five Danish composers challenges standard ideas of melody, sonority and harmony. Some of the works are typified by great desperation and pent-up emotions, others by melancholy and reflection. The music snorts, groans, snarls and shouts – or fizzles, whispers and chafes – and is a remarkable display of the almost infinite expressive possibilities of this unusual combination of instruments.

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Mixed Company

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

"Mixed Company" is the world premiere recording of a remarkable cycle of works by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b.1932) presented by London Sinfonietta, Theatre of Voices and conductor Paul Hillier. Composed around John Dowland’s iconic Lacrimae, these seven new pieces have all been tailored to the excellent “mixed company” of Danish and English vocal and instrumental performers gathered in Copenhagen to celebrate the Danish composer in 2012.

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Dust encapsulated

Rune Glerup

This CD presents five world premiere recordings of acoustic and electronic works by the Danish composer Rune Glerup (b. 1981). Instead of offering a narrative flow of music, Glerup uniquely allows the listener to move around among independent three-dimensional blocks of sound with powerful energy fields between them.

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The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs

Various

The Danish Golden Age in the first half of the 19th century is known as a period with an abundance of artistic expression, famous talents such as Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierke­gaard and early Romantic composers like C.E.F. Weyse and Niels W. Gade. But according to the British choral director Paul Hillier, we can in fact speak of a continued ‘ Golden Age’ for Danish choral music today – which is why this collection of Hillier’s Danish Golden Age jewels with Ars Nova Copenhagen includes Classical and Romantic works as well as music from the subsequent generations right up until our own time.

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String Quartets Vol. 2

Rued Langgaard

Rued Langgaard’s string quartets are passionate works from the eccentric composer's youth, and this recording series presents all 9 quartets together for the first time in the distinctly dramatic interpretation of the prizewinning Nightingale String Quartet.

"This young Danish Ensemble throws itself into the music... To call the second volume 'eagerly anticipated' would be a massive understatement." Gramophone CHOICE 2012



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Video trailer - Den Danske Strygekvartet spiller folkemusik

Watch the video trailer for The Danish String Quartet's folk music CD "Wood Works", which will be released in Copenhagen on 5th May!

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Nightingales honoured in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine

This month Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine award top marks and a "Choice" to Nightingale String Quartet's recent Langgaard CD

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New video - Rune Glerup: Dust encapsulated

Meet Rune Glerup and conductor Pierre-André Valade in this new video trailer

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Coming soon: The Danish String Quartet plays folk music

Dacapo Records will be releasing the long-awaited folk music CD from The Danish String Quartet

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Top Releases

1. The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
Various

2. 45 Symphonies
W.A. Mozart

3. String Quartets Vol. 2
Rued Langgaard

4. String Quartets Vol. 1
Rued Langgaard

5. Mixed Company
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

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1. The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
Various

2. Mixed Company
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

3. String Quartets Vol. 2
Rued Langgaard

4. Orchestral Music
Carl Nielsen

5. The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
Carl Nielsen


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