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Asger Hamerik   (1843 - 1923)

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Asger Hamerik had a successful career as a composer, but not in Denmark. After training as a very young man with both Gade and J.P.E. Hartmann, Hamerik went to Germany, where he studied with Hans von Bülow. Even more significant were his studies in Paris with Berlioz, who continued to follow his development over the years. In 1871 Hamerik was engaged as director of the music academy the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. For the orchestra of the Institute he wrote several of his symphonies, and he also had considerable success with his suites based on Nordic folk melodies. He returned to Denmark in 1900, but was never given a post in Danish musical life, and no longer composed after coming home. Asger Hamerik wrote seven symphonies, four operas and several major works for choir and orchestra with stylistic affinities with both Gade and Berlioz. He also composed elegant chamber music. On the whole his work is typified by a rare elegance in the handling of musical and technical features.

Live Dates

11/03/2013   Minikoncert og release med Arild Kvartetten
Arild Kvartetten og Dacapo Records inviterer til minikoncert og release for at fejre udgivelsen af kvartettens debut-CD med musik af fætrene C.F.E. Horneman og Asger Hamerik
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01/07/2013   MusicWeb International

C.F.E. Horneman & Asger Hamerik: String Quartets
"An interesting disc", "The booklet essay on Horneman and Hamerik is a model for the industry."
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26/06/2013   Kristeligt dagblad

C.F.E. Horneman & Asger Hamerik: String Quartets
"Skøn guldaldermusik til de lyse nætter."
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29/09/2010   Los Angeles Times

Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies
"These are works of generous spirit, melodies spilling out, harmonies going in slightly unusual places, pleasing to the ear and spirit. They are of their time, gorgeously played and warmly recorded by the Danish label DaCapo."
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01/06/2010   Audiophil

Asger Hamerik: Symfonierne
"Faszinierender Intensität und ergreifender Schönheit."
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Discography

String Quartets
String Quartets
C.F.E. Horneman & Asger Hamerik

CD 8.226097 (2013)

Vital youthful works by the two cousins Horneman and Hamerik, who gave Danish Romanticism new colours and a new mood

The Symphonies [4-SACD Box set]
The Symphonies [4-SACD Box set]
Asger Hamerik

SACD 6.200002 (2009)

Denmark’s most international 19th-century composer steps out in all his romantic orchestral glory

Choral-Symphony; Requiem
Choral-Symphony; Requiem
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.226033 (2006)

A full-blown romantic masterpiece by Berlioz’ favourite Danish pupil

Symphonies 5-6
Symphonies 5-6
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.224161 (2001)

Winner of Danish Release of the Year (2002)! Two magnificent symphonies from the 1890s

Symphonies 3-4
Symphonies 3-4
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.224088 (1998)

Romantic music in the grand style. Symphonie Majestueuse (no. 4) is dedicated to King Christian IX

Symphonies 1-2
Symphonies 1-2
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.224076 (1997)

First recording of Symphonies 1 & 2 by the roving Asger Hamerik, a pupil of Berlioz pursuing a great career in the USA

Cello and Piano
Cello and Piano

CD 8.224052 (1996)


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