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Bent Sørensen   (Born 1958)

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Danish composer Bent Sørensen (b. 1958) was a student of Ib Nørholm and Per Nørgård

It is almost exclusively as an instrumental composer that Bent Sørensen has made his name since the mid-eighties as one of the most listenable Danish composers of his generation, at the international as well as the national level; in the early years especially in a long succession of chamber music works, including the four string quartets that now feature centrally in the oeuvre, but in the course of the 1990s also with a growing number of works for large orchestra: the cantata The Echoing Garden (1990-92), his only symphony so far (1995-96), and the three solo concertos – the violin concerto Sterbende Gärten (1992-93, awarded the Music Prize of the Nordic Council), the trombone concerto Birds and Bells (1995) and the piano concerto La Notte (1996-98).

By contrast Bent Sørensen has written very few vocal works – apart from The Echoing Garden in fact only the choral work In Paradisum (1994-95, 2002) and a number of smaller songs as well as his principal work to date, the opera Under the Sky, which was premiered at the Royal Danish Theatre in 2003. But that is not to say that his music is not dramatic and evocative. On the contrary, it is very much so. That is, at once quiet and intensely present, half in shadow and full of purling motion like memories from a remote, ruined past that urges itself upon us here and now. It is music that often seems to make memory itself its theme, to evoke memories or unconscious recollections – with all the shadow plays, displacements and obscurities of memory; music where the story is not only present as something outside us, something that can be observed or treated like an object, but is within ourselves, constantly lives with us and is also interpreted in terms of the present.

Besides being a composer, Bent Sørensen is also professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. In 1999 Bent Sørensen was awarded the Wilhelm Hansen Composer Prize.

Live Dates

11/02/2012   New video: REQUIEM feat. Hillier and Ars Nova Copenhagen
View the video trailer for Paul Hillier and Ars Nova Copenhagen's spectacular new release "Requiem"
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10/05/2016   MusicWeb International

BENT SØRENSEN: SNOWBELLS
”Paul Hillier has worked with several Baltic and Scandinavian groups, and here he directs the Danish National Vocal Ensemble in performances that are beyond praise. They are beautifully recorded, too.”
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02/05/2016   Klassisk

BENT SØRENSEN: Sneklokker
5/6 Stars

"Musikken åbner for associationerne, men lukker dem aldrig ved at øve svar - det giver en lyst til at høre musikken mange gange."
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02/05/2016   Gramophone

BENT SØRENSEN: Snowbells
"Sørensen's hallmarks of fragmentation and decay are in evidence, as is his arm's-length love for voices singing a simple, well-harmonised hymn or song...all-round excellence and a disc that's unusually moving in one sitting"
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18/03/2016   Fyns Amts Avis

BENT SØRENSEN: Sneklokker
5/6 Stars

"En rejse på langs af Hærvejen, en svævende, æterisk og klangmæssig næsten hypnotiserende oplevelse. Forbilledlig tekstudtale og en yderst raffineret fornemmelse for udsøgte klangbilleder præger korets præstation på denne fine udgivelse."
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14/03/2016   MusicWeb International

BENT SØRENSEN | PETER ASMUSSEN: Sounds Like You
"Everything is subtly integrated and nothing is wasted, with form, flow and expressive shape all carrying us through a strange and not always comfortable world, but one in which we linger with singular delight. I sincerely commend it to your attention."
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13/03/2016   5:4

BENT SØRENSEN: Sneklokker
"A marvellous collection of works that sit supremely well together, given a beautifully sensitive treatment by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble directed by Paul Hillier."
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10/03/2016   The Guardian

BENT SØRENSEN: Sneklokker
3/5 Stars

"The Danish National Vocal Ensemble sounds beautiful under Paul Hillier making a warm, unforced, understated blend."
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10/02/2016   Dagens Nyheter

BENT SØRENSEN: Sneklokker
"En våldsamt vinande ton av längtan som går allt djupare in i en stillhet där tid och rum till slut upphör."
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03/09/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

Bent Sørensen: Sounds Like You
5/6 Stars

”På samme tid skaber Bent Sørensen dybt fascinerende fortællinger, hvor strejf af noget genkendeligt bryder flygtigt gennem overfladen som flyvefisk eller lysglimt i et konstant omskiftende miljø.”
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21/05/2014   Gramophone

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
“Everything here is engaging and exciting”
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06/05/2014   Gramophone

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
“Alpha’s playing is as secure in soloistic as in ensemble terms”
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12/01/2014   The Classical reviewer

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
"Lovingly crafted arrangements and performances ... brilliantly played ... intoxicating and enchanting"
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22/12/2013   Jyllands-Posten

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
5/6 Stars

"Med håndbremsen sluppet lykkes det til fulde Alpha at forføre ørerne med en eminent opvisning i vedkommende samtidsmusik."
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01/08/2013   Gramophone

Bent Sørensen: La Notte
"The performances are clearly admirably prepared, and recording quality and documentation are excellent."
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01/08/2013   Gramophone

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
"A warm recommendation."
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03/06/2013   Ensemble Magazin (Tysk tidsskrift for kammermusik)

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
5/5 Stars

"Wer sich auch nur halbwegs für Gegenwartsmusik aus Dänemark interessiert, muss hier einfach zugreifen."
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05/05/2013   The Classical Reviewer

Bent Sørensen: La Notte
"Excellent"
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03/05/2013   Klassisk

Bent Sørensen: La Notte
5/6 Stars

"Virtuost fletværk."
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02/05/2013   Klassisk

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
5/6 Stars

"Denne cd's 50 bevægende minutter understreger, hvorfor Danmark i stigende grad misundes i ny musik-verdenen."
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15/04/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten

Bent Sørensen: La Notte
5/6 Stars

Et "stille brag af et smukt album."
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14/04/2013   The Sunday Times (UK)

Bent Sørensen: La Notte
"Beautifully played."
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08/04/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
5/6 Stars

"Med smuk, forførende naturlighed misser Trio con Brio ingen pointer i de tre drømmende klavertrioer."
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01/03/2013   Diapason

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
5/5 Stars

"L'ensemble offre une enthousiasmante démonstration de beauté et de virtuosité."
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01/12/2012   Berlingske

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
Berlingske - Årets Bedste 2012. "Sunget suverænt af landets bedste kor."
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01/11/2012   Opera News

Ockeghem/Sørensen: Requiem
"Impeccable performances by the amazingly accurate and sumptuously blended singers of Ars Nova Copenhagen, expertly conducted by Hillier. Highly recommended."
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01/09/2012   BBC Music Magazine 'CHORAL & SONG CHOICE' october 2012

Ockeghem/Sørensen: Requiem
5/5 Stars

"Outstanding performances and recording." 'CHORAL & SONG CHOICE' of BBC Music Magazine, October 2012.
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01/07/2012   Gramophone

Ockeghem/Sørensen: Requiem
"Because of Sørensen’s smooth transitions from plainchant-inspired duos to resonant, richly dissonant harmony, the dialogue with Ockeghem is very nicely managed"
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01/07/2012   Choir & Organ

Ockeghem/Sørensen: Requiem
5/5 Stars

"one feels the vital blood beating below the voice and the living spirits of two composers fused across five centuries."
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01/07/2012   MusicWeb International

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
"shoots straight into the soul and lingers long in the mind."
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22/06/2012   Classicalmodernmusic.blogspot.dk

Ockeghem/Sørensen: Requiem
"It is an eerie juxtaposition and a sonic cornucopia of sensuous brilliance. I kid you not. Highly recommended."
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22/06/2012   Concertonet.com

Ockeghem/Sørensen: Requiem
3/4 Stars

"Audacious and, in the end, touchingly successful.", "An excellent disc."
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01/06/2012   Classicalcdreview.com

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
"It is surprising how well the two composers mesh, and of course the performance under Hillier's inspired direction is magnificent. This is a beautiful recording of music that will be new to most listeners."
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01/05/2012   KLASSISK

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
5/6 Stars

"...der synges med en klanglig fleksibilitet og en musikalsk renfærdighed, som får det til at risle ydefuldt ned af ryggen på den lykkelige lytter."
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01/05/2012   Classica

Ockeghem/Sørensen: Requiem
3/4 Stars

"comme un véritable cheminement, qui parcourt les plus subtiles variations d'énergie."
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11/04/2012   Kristeligt Dagblad

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
4/6 Stars

"De i alt 11 satser danner en forunderlig helhed, og man kan ikke andet end beundre Hilliers og Sørensens sikre stilsans."
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11/04/2012   Dagens Nyheter

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
"En darrande förtröstan som präglar hela detta verk. Ända fram till det förkrossande vackra "In paradisum" där änglakörerna tar emot. Inte med en klang som bländar utan med ett ljushav att sugas rakt in i."
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01/04/2012   David's Review Corner

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
"This is an interesting experiment, beautifully recorded and presented with excellent programme notes"
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30/03/2012   SA-CD.net

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
5/5 Stars

"A unique form of the Requiem Mass, of great interest to collectors of choral music, and a totally immersive sonic experience. Enthusiastically recommended."
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02/03/2012   Information

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
"Gang på gang fryder man sig over klangspektrets subtile farvespil og det intense nærvær i det musikalske fællesskab.... Her flyder fortid og nutid sammen i en gylden symbiose."
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02/03/2012   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Sørensen/Ockeghem: Requiem
4/6 Stars

"Sørensens dødsmessefragmenter er gudesmukke, og Ars Novas korstemmer stikker som vanligt dybt. Hør bare, hvordan de vender blikket mod himlen i den appetitvækkende åbning på messen."
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28/07/2005   Politiken

Circles
4/6 Hjerter

"Thaarup's round, well modulated tone creates a vital, playful dialogue ... A fascinating stroll through contemporary Danish music"
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15/04/1990   Gramophone

Karl Aage Rasmussen and Bent Sørensen: String Quartets
"A worthwhile addition to the Arditti's ongoing survey of twentieth century quartets"
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Discography

Snowbells
Snowbells
Bent Sørensen

SACD 6.220629 (2016)

Sounds Like You
Sounds Like You
Bent Sørensen | Peter Asmussen

SACD 6.220632 (2015)

Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass
Alpha

CD 8.226579 (2013)

Superior deployment of artistic freedom from the trio Alpha, who reinterpret modern works by among others Per Nørgård and Bent Sørensen

Phantasmagoria - Danish Piano Trios
Phantasmagoria - Danish Piano Trios
Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen

CD 8.226108 (2013)

Three masterworks by Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen and Bent Sørensen. Profound, sensual music with Nordic cool

La Notte
La Notte
Bent Sørensen

CD 8.226045 (2013)

Bent Sørensen’s captivating piano concerto La Notte from 1998 is a marvel of beauty: the night as dream and reality

Requiem
Requiem
Bent Sørensen & Johannes Ockeghem

SACD 6.220571 (2012)

Paul Hillier conducts Ockeghem’s famous Requiem from the 1400s, completed in our own time by Bent Sørensen. A uniquely beautiful encounter.

The Little Mermaid; The Will-o'-the-Wisps Go to Town
The Little Mermaid; The Will-o'-the-Wisps Go to Town
Bent Sørensen; Per Nørgård

CD 8.226046 (2006)

Two new Danish masterworks inspired by Hans Christian Andersen

Circles
Circles

CD 8.226517 (2005)

Music for trumpet and trombone by Per Nørgård, Peter Bruun and others

Shadowland
Shadowland
Bent Sørensen

CD 8.224075 (1998)

Five unique works where all the shades of twilight appear

Sterbende Gärten
Sterbende Gärten
Bent Sørensen

CD 8.224039 (1996)

String Quartets
String Quartets
Karl Aage Rasmussen and Bent Sørensen

DCCD 9003A-3B (1990)


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