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Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse   (1774 - 1842)

composer

Weyse is one of the pillars of Danish musical culture, He was born in the Duchy of Holstein, which was then German, came to Copenhagen at the age of 15 to become a pupil of the similarly German-born conductor J.A.P. Schulz. In Copenhagen he became the organist for the church of the German community, and himself began composing. Inspired by Danish performances of Haydn's and Mozart's symphonies, Weyse wrote the first Danish symphonies in the 1790s - seven in all. However, they never found a place of honour in the Danish concert repertoire, and a true Danish symphonic tradition only came later. Over the next few years Weyse was completely unproductive, dismayed by an unrequited love affair. After the break he picked up his career again and composed Singspiele, cantatas and songs. He received the highest official recognition, became the organist at Copenhagen Cathedral and was appointed court composer. Weyse remained conservatively true to his Mozartean Vienna Classicism, but cultivated it to perfection. With his vocal works - especially songs, hymns and Singspiele - he holds a place as the first significant composer in Denmark with a truly national attitude to his art. Weyse's virtuoso works for piano, like his symphonies, have on the other hand lingered somewhat in the shadows.

Live Dates

06/05/2014   Gramophone

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
"Under Hillier’s direction, Ars Nova Copenhagen perform a cappella, with meticulously shaded dynamics, articulation and colour."
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04/05/2014   Diapason

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
5/5 Stars

"Les membres de Ars Nova Copenhagen respirent et phrasent d'une seule voix."
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16/02/2014   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
5/6 Stars

"Nænsomme, fine og forførende udgaver.", "Weyse, Gade og Nielsen smiler med i graven".
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13/02/2014   Politiken

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
4/6 Hjerter

"En nærmest ufattelig perfektion præger hele CD'en."
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18/10/2010   MusicWeb

Heise, Weise & Lange-Müller: Love Songs
“Mathias Hedegaard makes the most of these songs and the recording is out of Dacapo’s top drawer.”
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29/09/2010   MusicWeb International

C.E.F. Weyse: The Key Masterpieces
"This set gives every appearance of being a well informed and inspiringly chosen Weyse introduction"
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07/05/2010   Århus Stiftstidende

Heise, Weyse and Lange-Müller: Love Songs
"Den unge tenor Mathias Hedegaard har stemmen og klangen til at bære sangene frem på en måde, der både respekterer og forfrisker."
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18/04/2010   Dansk Musik Tidsskrift

Love Songs
"Mathias Hedegaard har en naturlig sans for disse sange. Hans stemme er fast og præcis med en ung, overtonerig klang. Tove Lønskov akkompagnerer med stort pianistisk overskud, og hun lever med i alle de mindste musikalske og tekstnære nuancer."
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03/03/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Love Songs - Mathias Hedegaard and Tove Lønskov
5/5 Stars

"Hvor er det dog en pragtfuld udgivelse, som tenoren Mathias Hedegaard og pianisten Tove Lønskov sammen har begået (...) En noget nær perfekt CD."
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Discography

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
Various

SACD 6.220568 (2014)

Paul Hillier’s interpretations of choral classics by among others Gade, Carl Nielsen and Weyse sung to perfection by Ars Nova Copenhagen

The Key Masterpieces
The Key Masterpieces
Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse

CD 8.226105-06 (2010)

The 3rd issue in Dacapo’s Perspectives series fully portrays this ingenious composer of the Danish Golden Age

Love Songs
Love Songs
Heise, Weyse & Lange-Müller

CD 8.226141 (2010)

Love songs by three masters of Danish Romanticism performed by Mathias Hedegaard

Serenades and Romances
Serenades and Romances
Nielsen, Weyse, Lange-Müller, Kunzen

CD 8.226012 (2007)

Smiles and longings of a summer night embodied by the young tenor Mathias Hedegaard

Morning and Evening Songs
Morning and Evening Songs
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224714 (2006)

The greatest in the smallest – an imperishable treasure in Danish music

Music inspired by Hans Christian Andersen
Music inspired by Hans Christian Andersen

CD 8.226047 (2005)

Inspired fairytale music for orchestra by among others August Enna, Louis Glass and Finn Høffding

The Sleeping Draught
The Sleeping Draught
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224149-50 (2001)

Complete recording of the charming and lively Singspiel that became one of the hits of the 1800s in Danish music

Piano Sonatas
Piano Sonatas
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224140 (2001)

Four brilliant, talented sonatas from around the year 1800

Det bedste fra Den danske Guldalder
Det bedste fra Den danske Guldalder

CD 8.224145-47 (1999)

3-cd boks med 40 stykker musik fra midten af 1800-tallet, en gylden æra i dansk kultur

Cantatas
Cantatas
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224049 (1997)

Ædleste klassicisme i Weyses kantater til jul og påske

Symphonies Nos. 6-7
Symphonies Nos. 6-7
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224014 (1995)

First recording of Weyse’s two greatest symphonies

Symphonies Nos. 4-5
Symphonies Nos. 4-5
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224013 (1995)

Vienna Classicism from the 1790s with a Nordic accent

The Best of Danish Golden Age Music
The Best of Danish Golden Age Music

CD 8.224020 (1994)

Symphonies Nos. 1-3
Symphonies Nos. 1-3
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224012 (1994)

The first full-scale Danish symphonies, inspired by Haydn and Mozart

Etudes for Piano
Etudes for Piano
C.E.F. Weyse

DCCD 9307 (1994)


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