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Benjamin Koppel  

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Saxophonist, composer and entrepreneur Benjamin Koppel has released more than 40 solo albums, composed more than 200 pieces of music for albums, film and theatre, and has participated on more than 100 album productions. He has been a guest lecturer at universities in USA and China, Head of Music at the Danish jazz club Jazzhus Montmartre and is a frequent guest on Danish television. In 2010 he published his first book about experiencing music. Koppel tours all parts of the world and performs with international Jazz stars, Danish pop musicians and great symphony orchestras. He annually gives concerts at the famous jazz club Blue Note in New York, and he has received numerous honours and awards. In 2011 he was appointed Knight of Culture (Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Minister of Culture.

Live Dates

12/05/2015   Petri meets Koppel
Anders Koppel og Michala Petri har kendt hinanden siden barndommen, men først nu er de to fælles om en CD-indspilning - bundet sammen af Anders' søn Benjamin.
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11/01/2012   Best sound quality of the year 2011
Det amerikanske hi-fi magasin Audiophile Audition har Koppel-kvartetter på listen over årets bedste 2011
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01/06/2011   Koppel's String Quartets is CD of the Month
Anders Koppel's String Quartets and Mezzo Saxophone Quintet has been chosen 'CD of the Month' by the American Classics Today. Read the full review here:
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13/05/2011   Photo album from CD Release
Se billeder fra CD-release-festen for Anders Koppels strygekvartetter med Sjællands Strygekvartet og komponistens søn, saxofonist Benjamin Koppel.
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12/05/2011   New video: Sjælland String Quartet featuring Benjamin Koppel
Video trailer for the new SACD release of Anders Koppel's string quartets and mezzo saxophone quintet
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28/04/2011   Invitation til CD-release
I anledning af udgivelsen af Anders Koppels strygekvartetter og mezzosaxofon-kvintet med Sjællands Strygekvartet og Benjamin Koppel inviterer vi til CD-release
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04/11/2015   American Record Guide

Double Triple Koppel
"The Concerto for Mezzo Saxophone, Cello, and Harp has some very stunning moments. The cello tends to recede into the background, but the harp makes the orchestral fabric very interesting. The quiet part of the first movement’s coda is utterly captivating; the sax mostly takes the jazzy lead and the orchestra adds deftly scored sighs, but it’s that harp, that harp! Indescribable! I could live without the final flourishes, but this movement on its own would make a fine showpiece."
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27/10/2015   Fanfare

Double Triple Koppel
"This is music of remarkable creativity and power, a welcome respite from all the slick, historically informed, and bloodless performances/recordings of the older classics that seem to be produced by the truckload nowadays. Highly recommended."
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01/10/2015   Gramophone

ANDERS KOPPEL: Double Triple Koppel
"Few present-day composers can rival Anders Koppel"
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01/09/2015   WholeNote

ANDERS KOPPEL: Double Triple Koppel
"The way Koppel combines instruments is truly unusual and extremely well handled. Even after repeated listening I am surprised to realize which instruments are creating the sounds and how well he blurs the lines between even such disparate voices as the recorder and the saxophone. Well worth investigating for yourself."
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15/07/2015   MusicWeb International

Double Triple Koppel
"…fantastic combination of Michala Petri’s delicate recorder and Benjamin Koppel’s fruit and smoke jazz-coloured saxophone. This addition to a growing discography is superbly recorded and presented, and is another of those accessible and rewarding programmes of new music which should encourage more of us to cast our nets ever wider."
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14/07/2015   Pizzicato

Double Triple Koppel
"Der dänische Komponist Anders Koppel steht mit dem Konzert für Blockflöte, Saxophon & Orchester sowie dem Konzert für Saxophon, Cello, Harfe & Orchester (Doppel-und Tripelkonzert) auf dem Programm einer CD von Dacapo. Die meist verspielt-virtuose Musik wird von Koppels Sohn Benjamin auf dem Saxophon gespielt, von der wie immer herausragenden Michala Petri auf der Blockflöte, von Eugene Hye-Knudsen auf dem Cello und von Tine Rehling auf der Harfe. Das Odense Symphony Orchestra musiziert unter der Leitung von Henrik Vagn Christensen."
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03/02/2014   Musik & Theater

Familienverstand
"Das sind originelle Facetten tonaler Koppel-Stilistik, die fürs Repertoire der Kammermusik attraktiv bleiben."
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27/10/2013   Ensemble

Generationen-Musik
4/4 Stars

"Carion-Bläser-quintetts verwandeln alles Notierte kunstfertig und oft solistisch brillierend in berückende Tonmalereien und bescheren grosse Hörfreude."
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01/10/2013   Ensemble

Carion plays Koppel
4/5 Stars

"Die Mitlieder des Carion-Bläserquintetts verwandeln alles Notierte kunstfertig und oft solistisch brillierend in berückende Tonmalereien und bescheren große Hörfreude."
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13/07/2013   MusicWeb International

Carion plays Koppel
"The recordings and the performances by the (nearly) sinister-sounding ensemble Carion are excellent."
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14/06/2013   Fyens Stiftstidende

Carion plays Koppel
4/6 Stars

"Godt gået her!"
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04/06/2013   Bayerischer Rundfunk - BR Klassik (radio)

Carion plays Koppel
"Eine wertvolle Bereicherung des Bläser-Repertoires, gespielt von einem großartigen, spielfreudigen Ensemble."
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14/05/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Carion plays Koppel
5/6 Stars

"De tre aktuelle blæserkvintetter fra Koppel-familien vender og drejer sig mellem intense følelser og bratte opbremsninger, mellem humørsyge og smukke blæserguirlander."
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01/06/2012   OPUS.41

Herman D. Koppel, Benjamin Koppel: Works for cello and piano
5/6 Stars

"Inte sällan lyfter sig tonflödet till storslagen och hänrivande kammarmusik"
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21/10/2011   MusicWeb International

Herman D. Koppel, Benjamin Koppel: Works for cello and piano
"Serious, sturdy, blazingly grand and brilliant ... Two Koppels in music that is unflinchingly serious and gripping."
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01/10/2011   Klassisk

Works for cello and piano
5/5 Stars

"Denne cd giver et sjældent blik ind i en familierelation på musikkens egne præmisser. Og til et glædeligt genhør med nogle af Herman D. Koppels mesterlige værker."
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26/09/2011   Børsen

Anders Koppel: String Quartets and Mezzo Saxophone Quintet
"Det er en helt fantastisk udgivelse...simpelthen verdensklasse."
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15/09/2011   Audiophile Audition

Anders Koppel: String Quartets and Mezzo Saxophone Quintet
"This is a magnificent disc that demonstrates how ingratiating and fresh new music can be. Don't miss it!" BEST OF THE YEAR DISCS 2011
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30/08/2011   Politiken

Herman D. Koppel, Benjamin Koppel: Works for cello and piano
5/6 Hjerter

"Der er smæk for skillingen i serier af handlingsmættede forløb i stramme nyklassiske former, og ingen af de to erfarne musikere holder igen med de energiske udredninger"
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05/07/2011   Ritmo

Anders Koppel: String Quartets and Mezzo Saxophone Quintet
4/4 Stars

"Por técnica y entrega, las interpretaciones son irreprochable"
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24/06/2011   Amazon.com

Anders Koppel: Strygekvartetter og mezzosaxofon-kvintet
5/5 Stars

"Clean, well-imaged sound supports fine performances by the Sjaelland Quartet and Benjamin Koppel. Recommended!"
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21/06/2011   Fyens Stiftstidende

Anders Koppel: String Quartets and Mezzo Saxophone Quintet
4/6 Stars

"Stringente rytmer, jazzede, frække, groteske, vilde, og så en tilbageholdenhed, en musikkens stream-of-consciousness i skiftende tempi, men med en indre ro og eftertænksomhed."
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19/06/2011   Fyens Stiftstidende

Herman D. Koppel, Benjamin Koppel: Works for cello and piano
5/6 Stars

"Koppels poetiske soloværk fra 1971 ... får takket være Zeuthens formidable spil, der favner instrumentets kolossale spændvidde, en uafrystelig intensitet."
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15/06/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

Anders Koppel: String Quartets and Mezzo Saxophone Quintet
5/6 Stars

"Sjældent har man siddet og vippet så meget med foden til en strygekvartet som til Koppels første af slagsen!"
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26/05/2011   Classics Today (10/10) - CD of the Month June 2011 -

Anders Koppel: String Quartets and Mezzo Saxophone Quintet
This is a first-rate program of eminently listenable, exceptionally well-wrought chamber music, remarkable for its inventive, conventionally sophisticated string quartet writing. Anders Koppel has created something not only sensible but laudable and repeatable and demanding of a place in the concert repertoire ... Make this a priority."
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Discography

Double Triple Koppel
Double Triple Koppel
Anders Koppel

SACD 6.220633 (2015)

Carion plays Koppel - Wind Quintets
Carion plays Koppel - Wind Quintets
Herman D. Koppel, Anders Koppel, Benjamin Koppel

CD 8.226107 (2013)

Vital and playful chamber music from three generations of a unique Danish musician family: Herman, Anders and Benjamin Koppel

String Quartets and Mezzo Saxophone Quintet
String Quartets and Mezzo Saxophone Quintet
Anders Koppel

SACD 6.220566 (2011)

Jazz icon Benjamin Koppel had a special mezzo-soprano saxophone developed to perform and record this new quintet by his father

Works for cello and piano
Works for cello and piano
Herman D. Koppel, Benjamin Koppel

CD 8.226088 (2011)

Expressive cello works by the doyen of the great Danish Koppel family of musicians, rounded off with a fantastical tribute work written by his grandson.

Double Concertos
Double Concertos
Anders Koppel

CD 8.226055 (2008)

Dancing, imaginative music with major roles for saxophone, piano, violin and accordion

Works for Saxophone and orchestra
Works for Saxophone and orchestra
Anders Koppel

CD 8.226036 (2006)

Unique father-son collaboration that combines improvisation with a classical framework


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