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Aalborg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1943 and has since had the following Principal Conductors: Jens Schrøder (1943-79); Janos Fürst (1980-83); and Peter Erös (1983-89); and since September 1995 the Welshman Owain Arwel Hughes has been Principal Conductor. In the period 1959-81 Alf Sjøen was also regularly engaged as conductor.

The ensemble is the regional orchestra for North Jutland, and with 63 regular musicians, many of whom also work as music teachers, the orchestra gives about 150 concerts a year in many musical contexts.

First and foremost, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra meets the musical needs of North Jutland with the big symphony concerts in the Aalborg Hall and around the region. The orchestra also plays an important role as an opera and ballet orchestra in guest performances at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and Den jyske Opera (The Danish National Opera), and at special - not always orthodox - events. In addition it functions as a studio orchestra for students of conducting at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Aalborg Symphony Orchestra has recorded several CDs. Most recently, two CDs with Wayne Marshall as soloist and conductor in a series of Gershwin interpretations have won international recognition.

www.aalborgsymfoniorkester.dk

Live Dates

07/10/2014   New video: Marianna Bednarska plays Anders Koppel
Composer Anders Koppel and his young Polish soloist Marianna Bednarska tell the unusual story of how they found each other on the Internet!
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07/10/2014   From Valby via YouTube and Facebook to Warszawa
Anders Koppel’s unconventional way of finding a young soloist for a new CD recording
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16/10/2015   Fanfare

Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The Concerto form brings out the best in the Danish composer Anders Koppel, and his four (!) marimba concertos are particularly enticing. A brilliantly played, stunningly recorded disc of orchestral music by Marius Constant reminds us of this neglected composer who, like Koppel, kept an open mind"
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16/10/2015   Fanfare - THE WANT LIST 2015

Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The unique sonorities that this composer conjures, along with his true understanding of the implications of the genre—that is, a constant flux between competition and coexistence—make for consistently enjoyable listening experiences."
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23/06/2015   Kristeligt Dagblad

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"Anders Koppel har med sine fire marimbakoncerter spillet en afgørende rolle for udviklingen af et koncert repertoire for det specielle instrument marimbaen."
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21/05/2015   Fanfare Magazine

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"This is a fabulous disc, one which I plan to return to over and over again."
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23/03/2015   International Record Review

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"A winner of a disc, then, especially recommended to those who are not immediately engaged by the idea of four marimba concertos nose to toe – give it a bash and I’m sure you’ll be won over."
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01/03/2015   Deutschlandfunk

Faszination Marimba
"Nach diesem famosen CD-Debüt mit sämtlichen Marimbakonzerten von Anders Koppel, hochvirtuos und dabei gleichzeitig hoch musikalisch interpretiert von Marianna Bednarska, sollte man sich ihren Namen merken."
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09/02/2015   Muzyka

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"Marianne har en fantastisk teknik, men hun har også noget mere – en musikalitet, som gør det muligt for hende at nuancere anslaget."
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26/01/2015   WTJU

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"Koppel’s four marimba concertos sound fresh, exciting, and accessible."
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14/01/2015   The New York Times

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The piece, dramatic, exuberant and colorful, became an instant hit with marimbists [...] Three more concertos for the instrument followed over the years, reflecting a kaleidoscope of stylistic influences but also Mr. Koppel’s very distinct, melodically generous, language."
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12/01/2015   Gramophone

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The young Marianna Bednarska plays all four works [...] with élan and is expertly supported by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Dacapo’s sound is superb. Listening to this disc is a hugely enjoyable way to spend 79 minutes."
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19/12/2014   MusicWeb International

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"Henrik Vagn Christensen directs with assurance, making clear that the orchestra is a protagonist in the dramas, as well as the Marimba which itself is in the safest of hands in these performances."
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03/12/2014   Fyns Amts Avis

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Skæg musik, spillet med begejstret entusiasme af den unge supermusikalske polak - smukt ledsaget af Aalborg Symfoniorkester."
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29/11/2014   The Classical Reviewer

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"Both Marianna Bednarska (marimba) and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen deserve the upmost praise for these fine performances. They receive an excellent recording from Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark and there are detailed booklet notes."
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16/11/2014   WRUV Reviews

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
“Interesting, fun, contemporary works for marimba and symphony orchestra. Play!”
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16/11/2014   JC Klassisk

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"Selv ned i et pianissimo får hun en dejligt klingende tone frem fyldt med sprødt liv og intensitet."
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23/10/2014   Flensborg Avis

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Kæmperos til den unge polak."
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01/04/2013   Expedition Audio

Erik Norby: The Rainbow Snake - Orchestral Songs and Symphonic Works
RECOMMENDATION: "This is definitely one for the adventurer."
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19/03/2013   American Record Guide

Erik Norby: The Rainbow Snake - Orchestral Songs and Symphonic Works
"A find for serious listeners seeking a powerful voice.", "Performances are excellent."
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28/11/2012   Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten

Erik Norby: The Rainbow Snake - Orchestral Songs and Symphonic Works
4/6 Stars

"Bo Holten har skabt et album, der svøber lytteren i raffinerede og smukke orkesterklange."
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01/10/2012   Neue Musikzeitung

Anders Koppel: Concertos
"Melodische Motive und rhythmische Freude konturiert Anders Koppel zu einem angenehmen Stil aus Essenzen moderater Moderne."
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17/05/2012   Allmusic.com

Leif Kayser: Symphonies, Vol. 2
4/5 Stars

"That work, while falling into the conventional four-movement symphonic form, has an unusual shape, with a slow movement that dwarfs the other three. It's well worth hearing. Highly recommended."
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05/12/2011   American Record Guide

Anders Koppel: Concertos
"...evokes the wonder of new life with lovely flute melodies and delicate harp sounds. A shimmering Pastorale is a walk in the woods, complete with thunderstorm."
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01/11/2011   Gramophone

Anders Koppel: Concertos
"The Intermezzo could happily find its place as the soundtrack to a wistful 1950s French film, while the finale brings in antique cymbals and slide whistle without suspicion of gimmickry or even incongruity"
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18/08/2011   Classics Today (10/10)

Anders Koppel: Concertos
"Anders Koppel's concertos show off not only his impressive versatility with solo instruments, but also offer stimulating musical variety as well"
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08/06/2011   Upsala Nya Tidning

Anders Koppel: Concertos
4/4 Stars

"Subtilt introppektiva kvalitéer och en återhållsamhet med klangmedlen förenas med en flödande, lättillgänglig melodik i trygg tonal förankring - som gör att Koppeals musik omedelbart apellerar till lyssnaren."
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07/05/2007   Musicweb International

Emil Reesen: Orchestral Works
"The music heard here is superbly played in a warm acoustic and most enjoyable for all listeners. What a fine recording this is and how affectionately the individual works are handled by orchestra and Bo Holten alike."
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Discography

Marimba Concertos
Marimba Concertos
Anders Koppel

SACD 6.220595 (2014)

Effervescent, jazzy music for marimba and symphony orchestra, played with trem¬en¬dous talent by 19-year-old Marianna Bednarska

The Rainbow Snake - Orchestral Songs and Symphonic Works
The Rainbow Snake - Orchestral Songs and Symphonic Works
Erik Norby

CD 8.226096 (2012)

Orchestral magic in one of the most impressive orchestra pieces of the 1970s with sophisticated, almost Late Romantic sounds.

Concertos
Concertos
Anders Koppel

CD 8.226052 (2011)

A long succession of original works, all bearing the mark of a special ability to communicate emotions and energy, powerfully and straightforwardly, between musicians and audience.

Skrammel & Tis - Klassiske musikfortællinger for børn
Skrammel & Tis - Klassiske musikfortællinger for børn
Rasmussen, A. Koppel, Pape

CD 8.224722 (2011)

To eventyrlige musikfortællinger og en skrammelkoncert - orkestermusik for børn på en ny måde

Symphonies Vol. 2
Symphonies Vol. 2
Leif Kayser

CD 8.224709 (2008)

Symphonies 1 and 4 from the remarkable Leif Kayser, who was also a Catholic priest

Symphonies Vol. 1
Symphonies Vol. 1
Leif Kayser

CD 8.224708 (2007)

Premiere recording of clear, strong symphonies from the mid-twentieth century

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Emil Reesen

CD 8.226031 (2007)

A Danish composer like no other: virtuosic, intriguing and bold

Orchestral Works Vol. 4
Orchestral Works Vol. 4
Herman D. Koppel

CD 8.226027 (2004)

Koppel’s two great successes of the post-war era: Piano Concerto no. 3 and Symphony no. 5

Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Herman D. Koppel

CD 8.226016 (2003)

Two moving symphonies from the end of World War II

Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Herman D. Koppel

CD 8.224205 (2002)

World premiere of Koppel’s first two symphonies, quite unreservedly unheard for over 70 years

Orchestral Works Vol. 1
Orchestral Works Vol. 1
Herman D. Koppel

CD 8.224135 (2000)

Den opsigtsvækkende serie begynder med Koppels to sidste symfonier og Koncert for orkester

Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Hakon Børresen

CD 8.224105 (1999)

Børresen’s ballet about the astronomer Tycho Brahe is a sparkling Late Romantic star

Jeanne d'Arc
Jeanne d'Arc
Ole Schmidt

CD 8.224112 (1999)

Powerful new music for Carl Th. Dreyer’s silent film masterpiece

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Erik Norby

CD 8.224064 (1998)

Four colourful orchestral works by one of the most intensely personal Danish composers of the 1970s

Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Hakon Børresen

CD 8.224061 (1997)

Hakon Børresen’s magnificent portrait of the sea, Symphony no. 2, and his last major work, Symphony no. 3

Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto
Hakon Børresen

CD 8.224059 (1997)

The High Romantic Violin Concerto and the debut Symphony no. 1 in the Nordic style

Vocal & Instrumental Works
Vocal & Instrumental Works
Jørgen Jersild

DCCD 9108 (1993)


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