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For more than 70 years a wealth of musical genres have passed through the hands of the musicians of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, and the foundation, the bearing element of the ensemble, has always been their overarching love of music. And so it continues today, as the orchestra constantly explores new musical aspects of itself, while at the same time delving deeper and deeper into the great classical repertoire. For more than ten years the chief conductor has been Adam Fischer. With him the ensemble embarked on an era that has prompted the reviewers to proclaim the 42 musicians ‘Denmark’s Mozart orchestra’. Over a period of years the Danish National Chamber Orchestra has performed and recorded, first, Mozart’s opera seria works, a total of five major operas, and has then gone on to record all of Mozart’s symphonies. In 2012 the recording of Beethoven’s symphonies began. And of course Adam Fischer has remained the conductor throughout this vast project. Indeed today the ensemble is Denmark’s only professional chamber orchestra, a status that has been further enhanced by a string of concerts where the orchestra plays without a conductor and with soloists from its own ranks. On the ‘rhythmic’ front, too, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra has worked for many years across traditional musical boundaries. Outstanding examples of this can be seen every year at the major DR Castle Concerts, where the orchestra unfurls a symphonic carpet beneath the leading rock and pop bands of the day. Most recently the Danish National Chamber Orchestra has involved young Danish soloists and groups in the collaboration. Along with Under Byen, Efterklang, Choirs of Young Believers and recently Tina Dickow, the orchestra has experimented with integrating the symphonic world into the musical language of rock. Music productions for TV series and children’s programmes, film and theatre projects, tours and CD recordings are all major contributions from the Danish National Chamber Orchestra to Danish cultural life.

Live Dates

10/10/2013   Adam Fischer and his Danish orchestra present exclusive Mozart box set
The Danish National Chamber Orchestra and conductor Adam Fischer release 45 Mozart symphonies in an exclusive box set
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29/02/2012   Debutkoncert med trumf på
Bjarke Mogensen lægger trumf på sin solistdebut med to markante CD-udgivelser for Dacapo Records
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29/02/2012   New video: Accordion Concertos
Se video med interviews og indspilningsarbejde for Bjarke Mogensens nye CD med DR UnderholdningsOrkestret
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01/03/2014   Fono Forum

W.A. Mozart: 45 Symphonies
5/5 Stars

"Witz, überraschungsfähigkeit und Frische."
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01/01/2014   www.ionarts.blogspot.com

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 2
BEST OF 2013: "Extraordinarily spirited playing.", "With Fischer, it’s fun, if not rapturous going throughout.", "Splendid, nifty liner notes and presentation round off this most enjoyable release."
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27/12/2013   Weekendavisen

W.A. Mozart: 45 Symphonies
"Amadeus i stråleglans", "En velsignet overflod."
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18/12/2013   Kleine Zeitung

W.A. Mozart: 45 Symphonies
"Lebhaft, griffig, farbig und kontrastreich."
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17/12/2013   Information

W.A. Mozart: 45 Symphonies
"Denne ophidsende, hviskende, jublende, grædende og elektrificerede Mozart-klang har formodentlig ikke sin lige nogen steder på kloden... Hør, hør, hør Fischers Mozart!"
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01/12/2013   www.crescendo.de

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 11
"Es gelingt ihm [Adam Fischer] auch in diesen beiden populären Werken neue Akzente der Frische und einer "historisch orientierten" Schlagkraft und Transparenz zu setzen.", "Eine spannende Frischzellenkur."
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01/12/2013   Kulturspiegel

Wolgang Amadeus Mozart: Symfonier Vol. 12
Geschafft! Adam Fischer suchte in seiner Gesamtaufnahme von Mozarts Symphonien mit dem Dänischen Kammerorchester einen Klang wie zu Mozarts Zeit: spritzig oder lyrisch, aber nie verbissen. So drängen sich in der g-Moll-Symphonie die Emotionen, und die Jupiter-Symphonie wird zum heiter-knalligen Silvesterfeuerwerk.
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13/11/2013   MusicWeb International

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 10
RECORDING OF THE MONTH: "[Fischer] demonstrates a gain in clarity of texture and argument without any loss of impact. A fresh perspective on chamber orchestra Mozart symphonies."
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06/11/2013   Kristeligt Dagblad

W.A. Mozart: 45 Symphonies
4/6 Stars

"Mozart bliver spillet med gnist og glæde.", "En stor cadeau til hele holdet bag det fornemme produkt!"
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01/11/2013   Gramophone

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 1 & Vol. 10
Vol. 1 & Vol. 10: "I haven't heard the other volumes issued but I'll be keeping an eye out for them. Bohm (DG), Harnoncourt (Warner) and Levine (DG) now have a keen rival. Fischer is edging in alongside them."
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29/10/2013   JC Klassisk (John Christiansens blog)

W.A. MOZART: 45 Symphonies
5/5 Stars

"Adam Fischers og DR UnderholdningsOrkestrets indspilning af Mozarts symfonier er en begivenhed af internationalt format."
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02/10/2013   PIZZICATO SUPERSONIC AWARD

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 2
"Eine absolut hörenswerte und mitreißende Interpretation", "Fischer und seine Musiker zeigen, dass selbst bei Mozarts Frühwerken noch viel luft nach oben ist und dass es hier noch sehr viel zu entdecken gibt."
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01/10/2013   BBC Music Magazine

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 2
5/5 Stars

PERFORMANCE: 5/5. RECORDING: 5/5. "Outstanding quality in terms of tempo choice, in strumental balance, fresh characterisation of notes and sheer overall vigour."
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16/09/2013   Classic FM (UK)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 1
ALBUM OF THE WEEK. "The polished playing on modern instruments of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra is bright and breezy and the recording is crisp and sparkling with every detail audible."
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01/09/2013   Gramophone

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 2
"You can imagine the composer smiling in approval.", "If you want these symphonies on modern instruments, played with élan, sensitivity (not least in the exquisitely realised Andante of K43) and a palpable sense of enjoyment, Fischer is your man."
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01/09/2013   International Record Review

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 2
”Fischer judges pace and weight admirably… These are lively and attractive works played with wit and assurance.”
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21/08/2013   Kristeligt Dagblad

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 1 and Vol. 10
Vol. 1: "Det er tindrende herlig, ungdommelig musik, fremført med fynd og klem af DRUO". Vol. 10: "Veloplagte, næsten friskfyragtige fortolkninger."
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03/07/2013   David's Review Corner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 10
"The most highly charged performances of the two popular works that we have on disc."
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04/03/2013   Fanfare

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies, Vol. 9
"This was one of those discs that, when I received it for review, I was both excited and dismayed."
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11/02/2013   Gramophone

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies, Vol. 9
"Fischer’s pliancy of phrase and range of micro-dynamics within an overall sotto voce [...] are as impressive as his imperious opening movement and virtuoso finale."
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02/02/2013   Audiophile Audition

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies, Vol. 9
"Controlled reverberation and excellent speaker balance in the Super Audio."
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01/02/2013   Opus

Accordion Concertos
6/6 Stars

"Bjarke har ett otroligt fint anslag och är virtuos, humoristisk, djupsinnig och helt enkelt underbar!"
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01/07/2012   Gramophone

Accordion Concertos
”…superbly recorded, the Dacapo sound securing a well-nigh ideal balance of soloist and ensemble (…) pleasurable listening pure and simple.”
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01/07/2012   International Record Review

Accordion Concertos
"I enjoyed every note of it and strongly suggest that you do yourself the same favour" IRR - OUTSTANDING
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29/06/2012   Thewholenote.com

Accordion Concertos
"Mogensen makes his brutal technical part sound so easy in this quasi minimalistic exercise in shifting fluid breathtaking sounds."
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21/06/2012   Bornholms Tidende

Accordion Concertos
"Det væsentligste på denne udgivelse er hvordan akkordeonet i hænderne på en kompetent solist kan bryde grænser ned for hvad instrumentet kan udtrykke."
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24/05/2012   Amazon-review

Accordion Concertos
"Whether you're after fresh sounds, virtuoso performances, or just plain good music-making, this recording fills the bill"
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18/05/2012   Amazon-review

Accordion Concertos
"Repeated listening (...) should bring a new appreciation for the accordion"
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15/05/2012   Infodad.com

Accordion Concertos
4/5 Stars

"Bjarke Mogensen seems able to make the accordion into something it does not naturally appear to be: an instrument of considerable emotional range, tonal impact and sonic beauty"
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13/05/2012   San Francisco Chronicle

Accordion Concertos
"The most beautiful, dramatic and sheerly irresistible disc of new music to cross my desk in months"
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01/05/2012   Gramophone

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"The cast is uniformly good, and Fischer's dramatic pacing, characterisation and care for orchestral colour and nuance are second to none."
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30/04/2012   The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Accordion Concertos
4/5 Stars

"A virtuoso performance by the brilliant young Danish accordionist, Bjarke Mogensen."
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30/04/2012   WRUV Reviews

Accordion Concertos
"No oompah here, mostly gentle and lyrical. Nice!"
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30/04/2012   La Scena Musicale

Accordion Concertos
4/5 Stars

"Like an aural set of Northern Lights... Weird and scintillating stuff."
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11/04/2012   Fyens Stiftstidende

Accordion Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Lohses let minimalistiske stil matcher accordeonens mange muligheder og især Bjarke Mogensens talentfulde spil glimrende."
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01/04/2012   Classicalcdreview.com

Accordion Concertos
"DaCapo's disk of accordion concertos is fascinating." "If you're looking for something different, try this."
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30/03/2012   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Accordion Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Den unge akkordeon-djævel Bjarke Mogensen har den brod, der forløser de store ambitioner, som man fornemmer i koncerterne."
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16/01/2012   OPUS

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 3
5/6 Stars

"Spelet är så smittande och positivt att Mozart måste le i sin himmel"
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05/03/2011   Klassik.com

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"Adam Fischer malt mit feinem Pinsel, sein Interesse gilt - bei aller ‚Wildheit‘ - eher Nuancen als großspurigen, volltönenden Gesten."
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25/02/2011   Fanfare

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"Adam Fischer understands that Mozart's music should be elegant ... this is a good release."
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01/02/2011   Fono Forum

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 8
4/5 Stars

"Der Fortsetzung dieses Zyklus darf man erwartungsfroh entgegensehen."
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01/02/2011   Orpheus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"Einer sehr homogenen Vokalbesetzung."
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01/01/2011   Kultur Spiegel

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 8
"Schönen Entdeckungen"
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01/01/2011   Classics Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 8
"These performances are excellent of their type"
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11/11/2010   MusicWeb

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"Historically astute, sensitive and absorbing … recorded to the highest of modern standards and beautifully presented."
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04/10/2010   DR P2

DR P2 Prize 2010 – Danish Orchestral Release of the Year Nominee

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29/09/2010   Diapason

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mitridate re di Ponto
4 Stars

"Henriette Bonde-Hansen est une Aspasia lumineuse, au phrase immaculé, Lisa Larsson la plus délicieuse des Ismene, Maria Fontosh un Sifare vibrant, Sine Bundgaard un Arbate de jolie couleur, et la mezzo Kristina Hammarström un Farnace juvenile."
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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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01/06/2010   Gramophone

W.A. Mozart: Mitridate
"I shall be surprised to hear a more satisfying Mozart opera recording any time soon".
RECORDING OF THE MONTH - June 2010
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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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08/03/2010   Classics Today

W.A. Mozart: Mitridate re di Ponto
“This set is a winner.”
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03/03/2010   Fono Forum

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mitridate re di Ponto
4/5 Stars

"Interpretatorische Wellness"
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01/03/2010   Fono Forum

W.A. Mozart Symfonier Vol. 4
4/5 Stars

Das Dänische Kammerorchester macht das alles zwar anstandslos mit,
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22/02/2010   Audiophile Audition

W.A. Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 4
4 Stars

"Wonderfully ebullient and attention-grabbing"
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01/02/2010   BBC Music Magazine

W.A. Mozart: Symphonies vol. 7
4½ Stars

“First-rate CD … played in a way that makes me want to listen to them again.”
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12/01/2010   Classics Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 4
"If you’re looking for some top-notch early Mozart symphonies in terrific sound, make this series a priority."
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12/12/2009   Classics Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 7
"As with previous releases in this cycle, the performances are as fine as this music has ever received."
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02/11/2009   Klassik.com

W.A. Mozart: Symfonier Vol. 4
3/4 Stars

"So faszinierend und expressiv das Umfeld auch musikalisch gestaltet ist."
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01/06/2008   Classics Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Lucio Silla
"There are several performances of this opera available, and this new one turns out to be the best all around."
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06/11/2007   Classics Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 5
"Those desiring period Mozart will find much to enjoy in this release."
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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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04/07/2004   Classics Today (10/10)

Vagn Holmboe: Sinfonias I-IV
"Without question this is a major addition to the Holmboe discography and further testimony to a composer whose standards of craftsmanship were simply second to none."
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Photo: Per Morten Abrahamsen

Discography

45 Symphonies
45 Symphonies
W.A. Mozart

CD 8.201201 (2013)

Label: DRS (distributed by Dacapo)

Symphonies Vol. 12
Symphonies Vol. 12
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220639 (2013)

Symphonies Vol. 11
Symphonies Vol. 11
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220546 (2013)

Symphonies Vol. 1
Symphonies Vol. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220536 (2013)

Symphony no. 1 and four other early symphonies by the child prodigy. Follow his amazing life right from the beginning

Symphonies Vol. 10
Symphonies Vol. 10
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220545 (2013)

Two of Mozart’s mature masterpieces: Symphonies 35 and 38, better known as the Haffner and Prague symphonies

Symphonies Vol. 2
Symphonies Vol. 2
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220537 (2013)

Mozart’s Symphonies 6-8 as well as two unnumbered works from the same period. Adam Fischer gives new format to the early symphonies

Symphonies Vol. 9
Symphonies Vol. 9
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220544 (2012)

Mozart’s famous Paris Symphony (no. 31) in two versions, as well as Symphonies 33-34

Accordion Concertos
Accordion Concertos
Per Nørgård, Ole Schmidt, Anders Koppel, Martin Lohse

SACD 6.220592 (2012)

The internationally famous virtuoso Bjarke Mogensen makes the accordion an irresistible solo instrument in four energetic concertos from the past 50 years.

Symphonies Vol. 3
Symphonies Vol. 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220538 (2011)

Symphonies Vol. 8
Symphonies Vol. 8
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220543 (2010)

The Danish National Chamber Orchestra and Adam Fischer have developed a unique – and widely acclaimed – Mozart sound

Idomeneo, re di Creta
Idomeneo, re di Creta
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220586-89 (2010)

Adam Fischer’s sparkling Idomeneo includes the original ballet music in the complete recording of Mozart’s opera seria

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

Mitridate re di Ponto
Mitridate re di Ponto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220580-82 (2009)

Symphonies Vol. 4
Symphonies Vol. 4
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220539 (2009)

Symphonies Vol. 7
Symphonies Vol. 7
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220542 (2009)

Symphonies 22-27 in spectacular SACD sound

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

Lucio Silla
Lucio Silla
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

CD 8.226069-71 (2008)

Symphonies Vol. 6
Symphonies Vol. 6
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220541 (2007)

Symphonies 19-21 and 26 by the teenage genius from Salzburg

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

Symphonies Vol. 5
Symphonies Vol. 5
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220540 (2007)

Symphonies 15-18 by the young Mozart, bursting with Italian inspiration

Circles
Circles

CD 8.226517 (2005)

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

Sinfonias I-IV
Sinfonias I-IV
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.226017-18 (2004)

Four intense string works that together form the major work Kairos

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 Concerto; Piano Trio
Piano Concerto; Piano Trio
Otto Malling

CD 8.224114 (1999)

One of the best Danish piano concertos – not a million miles from the famous one by Grieg

Chamber Concertos Vol. 4
Chamber Concertos Vol. 4
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224087 (1998)

The last four of the fantastic series of Holmboe’s short instrumental concertos

The Hallelujah of Creation
The Hallelujah of Creation
F.L.Ae. Kunzen

CD 8.224070 (1998)

Kunzen’s oratorio and his only symphony are jewels of Danish Vienna Classicism

Chamber Concertos Vol. 3
Chamber Concertos Vol. 3
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224086 (1997)

Concerto no. 7 for oboe, Concerto no. 9 for violin and viola, and no. 8, which is a “Concerto for orchestra”

Chamber Concertos Vol. 2
Chamber Concertos Vol. 2
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224063 (1997)

Top Danish soloists meet in a lively interplay of violin, viola and piano trio

Chamber Concertos Vol. 1
Chamber Concertos Vol. 1
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224038 (1996)

First-recordings of a fantastic series of works: 13 solo concertos written in an outburst that extended just a few years

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Henning Wellejus

CD 8.224040 (1996)

Mød mig på Cassiopeia
Mød mig på Cassiopeia
Kai Normann Andersen

DCCD 9421 (1995)


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