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The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1935. The orchestra’s repertoire ranges wide, from Baroque music to the very latest composition music. This amounts to some 30 concerts a year, as well as about 15 opera performances, 80 school concerts, chamber concerts and CD recordings. In 1992 the orchestra began recording Vagn Holmboe’s 13 symphonies with the Welsh conductor Owain Arwel Hughes. The most stimulating challenges for the orchestra have included the productions of Wagner operas begun by the Danish National Opera in Aarhus in 1983 with the staging of The Ring of the Nibelung; later this was followed by Tristan and Isolde and Parsifal. The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra has toured in Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and Greece and has played at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. Worth singling out among the orchestra’s earlier principal conductors are Ole Schmidt ( 1978- 85), Norman Del Mar (1985-88), James Loughran (1996-2003) and the Italian conductor Giancarlo Andretta (2003-2012).

 

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Live Dates

13/06/2016   Prisbelønnet dansk opera udkommer på DVD
Den Jyske Operas opsætning af Thomas Agerfeldt Olesens opera ”The Picture of Dorian Gray” er klar til udgivelse på DVD fredag 24. juni.
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10/11/2011   10/10 for Riisager on Classics Today
Dacapo's new Riisager series gets top marks 10/10 on Classics Today.
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18/10/2011   New video: Riisager Symphonic Edition
Video trailer for Dacapo's new series featuring the world premiere recording of Riisager's complete symphonies
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04/10/2010   DR P2 Prize 2010 – Danish Vocal Release of the Year
En håndfuld sjældent hørte Nielsen-kantater løb med P2 Prisen for Årets Vokaludgivelse 2010
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29/09/2010   DR P2 Prisen 2010

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07/04/2014   Audiophile Audition

KNUDÅGE RIISAGER: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 3
4/5 Stars

"The Aarhus Orchestra, led by Bo Holten, is fully in control of these difficult works ... an excellent recording."
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25/02/2014   Classica

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 3
4/4 Stars

"Le label Dacapo a engagé un Orchestre symphonique d'Aarhus impliqué, aux pupitres remarquables, correctement stimulés par le chef et compositeur Bo Holten qui, d'année en année, accumule de fines performances."
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25/02/2014   MusicWeb International

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 3
"The performances by the Aarhus Orchestra, ably directed by Bo Holten, sound fine and enthusiastic."
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25/02/2014   MusicWeb International

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 3
"Riisager might be said to have a very 19th-century 'sound', yet in fact the neo-Classical, even neo-Baroque, textures that characterise large sections of these scores hark back further still."
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05/02/2014   Kristeligt Dagblad

KNUDÅGE RIISAGER: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 3
4/6 Stars

"Det er en væsentlig cd, der her er kommet på markedet."
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01/10/2013   International Record Review

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
"The performances are very fine.", "The recording is excellent.", "Well worth your time."
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16/09/2013   Concertonet.com

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
"Bo Holten brosse le portrait d’une personnalité musicale d’une grande diversité."
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01/09/2013   Gramophone

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
"There is something about Riisager's habitual short-windedness that suggests an individual sensibility and invites one to persist.", "As usual with Dacapo, recording and documentation are exemplary."
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03/08/2013   Audiophile Audition

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
"I enjoyed Volume 1 in this series; I really dig Volume 2. What’s next, Dacapo?"
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01/08/2013   Classics Today

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
"Snappy, spirited, and full of energy. The Aarhus Symphony and Bo Holten capture the rhythmic ebullience of Riisager’s inspiration effortlessly." Artistic Quality: 9. Sound Quality: 9.
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10/07/2013   classicalmodernmusic.blogspot.dk

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
"I am glad to have it and will continue listening with absorption."
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03/07/2013   Infodad.com

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
"A chance to hear just how varied his productions could be.", "The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra under Bo Holten plays all the works idiomatically and with fine attention to detail".
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01/07/2013   WFMT (Chicago)

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
"Highly original and imaginative."
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09/05/2013   Århus Stiftstidende

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
"En oplevelsesrig lytning værd."
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01/05/2013   David's Review Corner

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
"As a disc of world premiere recordings, I much commend it."
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17/05/2012   American Record Guide

Ruders, P.: Concerto in Pieces / Violin Concerto No. 1 / Monodrama
"[...] should delight just about anyone interested in the best of contemporary Scandinavian music."
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01/05/2012   Gramophone

Niels Marthinsen: Snapshot Symphony
"Dacapo's sound is as terrific as ever"
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19/04/2012   American Record Guide

Niels Marthinsen: Snapshot Symphony
"The music is skillfully crafted…and requires no effort to enjoy."
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29/02/2012   OPUS

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1
5/6 Stars

"Helt oemotståndlig cd. Bo Holten och århusianerna är strålande, upptagningen utmärkt. Nog den viktigaste av Dacapos alla fina Riisager-utgåvor hittills"
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02/01/2012   Gramophone

Knud Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1
"The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra acquits itself bravely under Bo Holten's firm direction and, as usual from this source, recording quality and documentation are first-rate"
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02/01/2012   International Record Review

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1
"...very good fun, with occasional depths, and some roller-coaster handling of the orchestra. Worth your time"
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12/12/2011   MusicWeb International

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1
"Playful, chivalrous, impulsive and ending in a grand symphonic glow ... a most impressive and sensitive portrayal of pastoral beauties."
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28/11/2011   Klassisk

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1
5/6 Stars

"Riisager blander respektløshed med kærlighed og viser sig dermed som den ægte arvtager fra Carl Nielsen."
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28/11/2011   Klassisk

Niels Marthinsen: Snapshot Symphony
3/6 Stars

"Orkestertryllerierne fortsætter også i det kinesiske fyrværkeri, der ikke er uden humor og er ren opvisning...Det er forførende og klinger godt."
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28/11/2011   Cinemusical (amerikansk blog)

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1
4/4 Stars

"This first volume is easily recommended to the curious and those who appreciate the art of the 1920s."
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10/11/2011   Classics Today (10/10)

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1
"I can only welcome this release with great enthusiasm and high hopes for the series as a whole."
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08/09/2011   Fyens Stiftstidende

Niels Marthinsen: Snapshot Symphony
4/6 Stars

"Det er filmisk, poppet, storladent, buldrende, skægt, uhyggeligt...helt igennem fascinerende og med en orkestrering som bare pokker - flot og i grumme farver."
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01/09/2011   Fyens Stiftstidende

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1
4/6 Stars

"Et af Riisagers særkender var hans næsten eksperimenterende orkestrering ... Aarhus-symfonikerne viser det med tydelighed"
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04/10/2010   DR P2

DR P2 Prize 2010 – Danish Vocal Release of the Year

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06/09/2010   Opera News

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"All four works on this disc receive first-rate performances."
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18/04/2010   Dansk Musik Tidsskrift

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"Den entusiasme, der præger indspilningen, og den klingende tidsånd fra begyndelsen af det 20. århundrede berettiger fuldt ud udgivelsen."
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04/04/2010   Diapason

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas

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01/04/2010   Classics Today

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"All of the music here is well sung, played, and recorded"
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26/03/2010   Classical Lost and Found

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"The substantial combined forces (...) under conductor Bo Holten are perfectly suited to this celebratory music."
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09/03/2010   allmusic.com

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
4 Stars

"The performances led by Bo Holten are sincere, heartfelt, and determined."
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04/03/2010   OPUS

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
4½ Stars

"Framförandena är goda. Mathias Hedegaards tenor påminner om tenorlegenden (och lansmannen) Aksel Schiøtz."
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09/02/2010   Musicweb International

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"The pleasure is enhanced by some wonderfully well-rehearsed singing - burnished and superbly drilled."
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04/01/2010   Classics Today

Poul Ruders: Concertos
"I can think of no better introduction to Ruders' music than this appealing new disc."
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02/01/2010   Jyllands-Posten

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"Den er forfriskende dansk med folkehøjskolen på sidelinjen."
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31/10/2009   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"Bo Holten får alt ud af musikken"
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12/10/2009   Classical Music Sentinel

Poul Ruders: Koncerter
"This composer has always been a great orchestrator and manipulates the orchestra brilliantly in and around these 10 variations to create new and intriguing soundscapes at each and every turn."
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14/09/2009   The New York Times

Poul Ruders: Koncerter
"Apocalyptic might be a better description of the manner in which the percussionist, accompanied by dark orchestral rumblings, pounds his way through to a stark conclusion."
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17/08/2009   The Philadelphia Inquirer

Poul Ruders: Koncerter
4/5 Stars

"Percussion virtuoso Matthias Reumert acts as a frame for a troubled landscape of aggressive, atonal adventures in all sections of the orchestra with an apocalyptic climax. Performances of these often crowded musical collages will never be easy, but there’s no hint of struggle and many flashes of comprehension on this disc."
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15/06/2009   David's Review Corner

Poul Ruders: Koncerter
"The Aarhus Symphony give highly committed performances directed by Thomas Sondergard, and the engineering delivers clarity in thick textures."
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04/08/2005   Politiken

Tage Nielsen: Orchestral Works
4/6 Hjerter

"There is much to be gained from these new recordings with their pure but direct colours and details, meaningful gestures and timing"
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22/07/2005   Politiken

Knudåge Riisager: Ballet Music
4/6 Stars

”Holtens vitale og billedskabende fortolkning fremsuggererer så meget af eventyrets dynamik og trylleri, at man mener at kunne følge det i detaljer ... orkestret spiller stramt, veloplagt og farverigt"
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15/03/1994   American Record Guide

Bent Lorentzen: Concertos
"Beautiful concertos…To be sampled con gusto!"
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15/02/1994   High Fidelity

Niels Viggo Bentzon: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
"Outstanding Danish symphonies."
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15/03/1993   Berlingske Tidende

Bent Lorentzen: Concertos
"Intensiteten er til stede i hvert buestrøg."
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15/01/1993   Fanfare

Niels Rosing-Schow: Orchestral & Chamber Works
"Superb performance."
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Photo: Marianne Grøndahl

Discography

The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen

DVD 2.110415 (2016)

The Symphonic Edition Vol. 3
The Symphonic Edition Vol. 3
Knudåge Riisager

CD 8.226148 (2014)

Riisager’s Fourth and Fifth Symphony and other orchestral works from the 1940s. Witty, provocative and scintillating neoclassicism

The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2
Knudåge Riisager

CD 8.226147 (2013)

Riisager’s orchestral music from the 1920s and 1930s is a virtuosic jumble of moods. Festive, cheeky and enthusiastic about the future

The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1
The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1
Knudåge Riisager

CD 8.226146 (2011)

Snapshot Symphony
Snapshot Symphony
Niels Marthinsen

CD 8.226545 (2011)

Cantatas
Cantatas
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.226079 (2009)

First recordings of newly unveiled and festive works by the great Danish composer

Concertos
Concertos
Poul Ruders

CD 8.226034 (2009)

Ruders’ international success Concerto in Pieces and virtuoso concertos for violin and percussion

Granito y arco iris
Granito y arco iris
Niels Rosing-Schow

CD 8.226535 (2007)

New works for chamber and symphony orchestra by the colour magician of Danish music

Orkesterværker
Orkesterværker
Erik Bach

CD 8.226527 (2007)

Classics and popular culture join hands in the orchestral music of Erik Bach

Monster Symphony
Monster Symphony
Niels Marthinsen

CD 8.226510 (2006)

Orchestral roar by the virtuoso Niels Marthinsen – the monster is loose!

Ballet Music
Ballet Music
Knudåge Riisager

CD 8.226022 (2005)

The Greenlandic orchestral explosion Qarrtsiluni and the masterpiece Moon Reindeer

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Tage Nielsen

CD 8.224702 (2005)

Sophisticated music 1967-2001 by a master with a small but exquisite output

Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7
Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7
Niels Viggo Bentzon

CD 8.224111 (1999)

Vital og vittig musik af efterkrigstidens enfant terrible i dansk musikliv

Piano Concerto no. 4
Piano Concerto no. 4
Niels Viggo Bentzon

CD 8.224110 (1999)

Et hovedværk af den ekstremt produktive komponist og pianist

Sinfonia interna
Sinfonia interna
Rued Langgaard

CD 8.224136 (1999)

Premiere på et genopdaget storværk fra Langgaards symbolistiske periode

Devil's Golf Course
Devil's Golf Course
Wayne Siegel

CD 8.224069 (1997)

The Danish-domiciled Californian Siegel is a pioneer of the interaction between computers and acoustic instruments

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Ivar Frounberg

CD 8.224027 (1996)

Overwhelming, complex orchestral music where mathematics meets sensuality

Concertos
Concertos
Bent Lorentzen

DCCD 9314 (1993)

Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
Niels Viggo Bentzon

DCCD 9102 (1993)

Orchestral & Chamber Works
Orchestral & Chamber Works
Niels Rosing-Schow

DCCD 9110 (1992)


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