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Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen is one of the leading Danish ensembles in new composition music. The ensemble performs in concerts and opera productions, at festivals and on international tours. Since its foundation in 1990 Athelas has performed about 600 different works, many of which have been first performances. Athelas has collaborated with prominent soloists, conductors and composers, including Steve Reich, Per Nørgård, Heiner Goebbels, Poul Ruders, Arvo Pärt, David Lang, Christian Lindberg, Reinbert de Leeuw, Thomas Adès, Ilan Volkov, Paul Hillier, George Benjamin, Philippe Leroux and Pierre-André Valade. International cooperation is essential to Athelas, with appearances in recent years in among other countries England, Monaco, the USA and France. The ensemble is also a co-founder of EEN – the European Ensemble Network – and the EU-supported projects Integra and RE:NEW MUSIC. In the period 2013-14 Athelas is participating in the project “New:Aud” with a focus on audience development – also with support from the EU. The ensemble has CD-recorded music by among others Per Nørgård and Poul Ruders. Each year Athelas is ensemble-in-residence at KLANG – the Copenhagen Avant-garde Music Festival.

Live Dates

08/06/2016   Two new releases with Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen
Ved KLANG Festivalens afslutningskoncert fredag 17. juni præsenterer Athelas Sinfonietta to nye CD-udgivelser med musik af Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen og Ole Buck
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06/02/2014   New video - Rune Glerup: Dust encapsulated
Meet Rune Glerup and conductor Pierre-André Valade in this new video trailer
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06/02/2014   Concert and release: Dust encapsulated
Vi holder koncert og release for Rune Glerup-CD'en "Dust encapsulated" tirsdag 18. februar i Koncertkirken
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18/10/2016   Music Web International

OLE BUCK: Sinfonietta Works
"This is one to explore and delight in."
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23/09/2016   Gramophone

OLE BUCK: Sinfonietta Works
"Resonant and fascinating music from a composer who knows himself and his art."
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01/09/2016   Klassisk

NÅR JORDEN GÅR I STÅ
4/6 Stars

"Jeg har lyst til at høre denne rensende musik igen og igen,[..]"
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12/08/2016   Fyns Amts Avis

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: REPRISER
4/6 Stars

"an unparallelled richness of imagination"
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01/08/2016   Music Web International

OLE BUCK Værker for sinfonietta
[..] “Buck's music is well worth running to ground. His minimalism differs from that of the major American practitioners but its shimmer and glow should quickly win it new friends, even if there is some pepper in the mix.”
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20/07/2016   GREGERSDH

OLE BUCK Værker for sinfonietta
4/6 Stars

[..] ”Det er magisk opslugende musik. [..] Der indfinder sig en nærmest zenbuddhistisk ro i sjælen.” [..]
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13/07/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: REPRISER
4/6 Stars

"the banal and grotesque make a wonderful pair"
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04/07/2016   Politiken

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: REPRISER
4/6 Hjerter

"Athelas Sinfonietta demonstrate the absurdity of Gudmundsen-Holmgreen with three 1960s works completely devoid of development, each of them a candidate for a 'Waiting for Godot' score."
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30/06/2016   GregersDH

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: REPRISER
5/5 Stars

[..] "Ingen af samtidens danske komponister har skrevet som Pelle G.-H."
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29/06/2016   Berlingske

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: REPRISER
5/6 Stars

"Gudmundsen-Holmgreen contained much more than reluctance."
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20/06/2014   Gramophone

Rune Glerup: Dust Encapsulated
“Definitely a talent to watch.”
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04/03/2014   Seismograf

Rune Glerup: Dust Encapsulated
"En guidet tur i Glerups raritetskabinet af musikalske objekter".
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20/02/2014   Politiken

Rune Glerup: Dust Encapsulated
5/6 Hjerter

"En stærkt fascinerende portræt-CD", "Her får man en fornemmelse af som lytter at lære lydene at kende til bunds - og en invitation til at lade sig fascinere".
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28/01/2013   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: The Will-o'-the-Wisps-in-Town
"The performances are first rate and the sound is magnificent."
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18/01/2013   Fanfare

Per Nørgård: The Will-o'-the-Wisps-in-Town
"Gjerris is so good that it is a pleasure simply to listen to her perform... As always with Dacapo, production values and presentation are first-rate."
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01/12/2012   Gramophone

Per Nørgård: Will-o’-the-Wisps in Town
"Superb performance and recording, as usual from Dacapo."
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16/08/2012   The Guardian (UK)

Per Nørgård: Will-o’-the-Wisps in Town
"Fascinatingly approachable."
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30/04/2010   Sequenza 21

Vagn Holmboe: The Key Masterpieces
"The performances on this program are universally fine."
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02/12/1997   BBC Music Magazine

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Music for Voices and Instruments
5/5 Stars

"If you enjoy the fruits of an unfettered musical imagination, somewhat akin to Ligeti’s, this CD is for you."
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Photo: Alexander Banck-Petersen

Discography

Repriser
Repriser
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

CD 8.226126 (2016)

Sinfonietta Works
Sinfonietta Works
Ole Buck

CD 8.226589 (2016)

Dust encapsulated
Dust encapsulated
Rune Glerup

CD 8.226578 (2014)

Portrait CD with acoustic and electronic works by Rune Glerup (b. 1981), who trained in Berlin and Paris

Will-o’-the-Wisps in Town; Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Will-o’-the-Wisps in Town; Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226085 (2012)

Chamber version of Per Nørgård’s left-field cantata based on Hans Christian Andersen’s crazy tale. DVD with documentary film about the performance enclosed!Chamber version of Per Nørgård’s left-field cantata based on Hans Christian Andersen’s crazy tale. DVD with documentary film about the performance enclosed!

The Key Masterpieces
The Key Masterpieces
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.226101-02 (2009)

An outstanding introduction to the clear-sighted master of 20th-century Nordic music

On This Planet (DVD)
On This Planet (DVD)
Anders Nordentoft

DVD 2.110401 (2004)

Nordentoft’s unique crossover theatre concert in both images and words

On This Planet
On This Planet
Anders Nordentoft

CD 8.224221 (2002)

The music from Nordentoft’s unique crossover theatre concert

Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Karsten Fundal

CD 8.224164 (2002)

Works from Karsten Fundal’s breakthrough phase in the 1990s

... and the lotus rose, quietly, quietly ...
... and the lotus rose, quietly, quietly ...
Klaus Ib Jørgensen

CD 8.224201 (2002)

Five virtuoso accordion works with leading representatives of Copenhagen’s fine accordion tradition

Preludes for Sinfonietta Vol. 2
Preludes for Sinfonietta Vol. 2
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224124 (2001)

Profound, magical music from Vagn Holmboe’s old age

Am Abend tönen die herbstlichen Wälder
Am Abend tönen die herbstlichen Wälder
Matthias Ronnefeld

CD 8.224154 (2000)

Anden cd med de samlede værker af den tidligt afdøde ekspressionist

Preludes for Sinfonietta Vol. 1
Preludes for Sinfonietta Vol. 1
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224123 (2000)

Premiereindspilning af Vagn Holmboes sidste værkrække, en bøn for Moder Natur

Music for Voices and Instruments
Music for Voices and Instruments
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

CD 8.224056 (1997)

Razor-sharp vocal works from a 25-year period with texts by among others Samuel Beckett

Works for Sinfonietta
Works for Sinfonietta
Niels Rosing-Schow

CD 8.224055 (1997)


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