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The Danish National Concert Choir was founded in 1932 with the purpose of performing the wide-ranging repertoire of oratorios and symphonic works with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The choir numbers 74 professional singers, 31 of whom are permanently employed forming the chamber choir. The remaining 43 singers are all under 5-year contracts. Throughout the years the choir has performed with special acclaim under conductors such as Fritz Busch, Rafael Kubelik, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Sanderling, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Marek Janowski, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chief Conductors of the DNRSO Herbert Blomstedt (1967-77), Leif Segerstam (1989-95), Ulf Schirmer (1995-98) and Gerd Albrecht.

In 1937 the smaller full time professional chamber choir was established by Mogens Wöldike in order to develop the art of a cappella singing and to improve the conditions for commissioning of new works as well as the performing of already existing choral music of high quality. It is the declared goal of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation that the choir should function as an inspiration for composers of a cappella music, and performing a cappella music actually takes up a little more than 50% of the choir’s 210 annual working days. Diversity, however, is one of the choir’s trademarks; - per definition all musical eras are part of the choir’s repertoire. Mogens Wöldike was very much part of the choir until the 1970’ies, when John Alldis became Chief Conductor (1972-77). Per Enevold led the choir during the years 1985-88 until Swedish Stefan Parkman in 1989 was appointed Chief Conductor. Professor Uwe Gronostay, known also then as the artistic director of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, was Principal Guest Conductor 1992-1998, a position taken over by Stephen Layton from 1999 to 2002.

The Danish National Concert Choir has won great acclaim through its more than 40 Dacapo, DECCA and CHANDOS CD-releases of both a cappella works and symphonic works with DNSO. Participating in a.o. Stockholm New Music, Ultima Festival (Oslo), The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Tampere International Choir Festival as well as the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall and concerts at Alte Oper in Frankfurt has certainly confirmed the choir’s position on the great music stages of Europe. Since 1948 the Danish National Concert Choir has made more than 15 tours in Denmark and more than 45 tours in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia.

Live Dates

12/06/2014   Storslået Requiem klar til udgivelse
Tiden er inde til udgivelsen af John Frandsens Requiem på CD - vi markerer dagen med præsentation mandag 16. juni
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12/06/2014   Frandsen's Requiem - photos from the concert
Se billederne fra uropførelsen af John Frandsens Requiem i Koncerthuset i 2013, som blev efterfulgt af vores CD-indspilning.
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02/02/2011   Two Danish nominees for BBC Awards
Two Dacapo recordings with music by Rued Langgaard and Poul Ruders respectively have been nominated for the perstiguous BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011. You can vote too!
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06/08/2010   Langgaard and Dausgaard conquer London
Rued Langgaard's grandiose "Music of the Spheres" is given its UK premiere almost a century late at this year's BBC Prom 35 - and now appears on a new CD
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30/08/2016   Fono Forum

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
4/5 Stars

”[Diese Einspielung] ist eine Tat und verhilft dem Werk zu einer nachhaltigen, überzeugenden Wirkung, die immer noch recht unbekannten Komponisten weite Beachtung schaffen sollte.”
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30/08/2016   artistxsite.de

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
”Klenaus Epitaph erweist sich als ein erschütterndes Werk, das ein kraftvoller, gewaltiger, bewegender Abgesang auf die Gräuel des Krieges und auf die Megalomanie des gestürzten Regimes ist. Ein in Form, Wirkung und Umsetzung beeindruckendes Werk.”
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01/08/2016   Concerti

Schwer verdaulich
3/5 Stars

”Toll produziert, fantastisch musiziert [..] - und schwer verdaulich!”
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29/07/2016   Ballet Review

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "The many pleasures of this very Danish score (with touches of Verdi’s Falstaff) seem to come naturally to Johan Reuter as Henrik, Niels Jørgen Riis and Dénise Beck as the lovers, and Anne Margrethe Dahl and Stephen Billing as Leander’s parents." [..]
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28/06/2016   American Record Guide

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
"All the groups are wonderful, even the children [..] What comes through again and again is the beauty of Nielsen’s writing, heavily triadic with sparing dissonance and no hint of dark emotion." [..]
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28/06/2016   Pizzicato

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
[..] "Das eindrucksvolle Werk wird vom Dänischen Radio-Symphonieorchester, dem DR Konzertchor und den vier Solisten unter Michael Schønwandt engagiert und auf hohem Niveau aufgeführt."
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22/06/2016   Gramophone

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
[..] "Bravo to these musicians for giving the piece every chance. Excellent playing, good [..] choral singing and excellent contributions from the inimitable Susanne Resmark [..] and open-voiced tenor Michael Weinius." [..]
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13/06/2016   The Classical Reviewer

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
[..] "This is a sprawling symphony full of terrific ideas throughout its long length. [..] a fascinating and hugely enjoyable listening experience. [..] Michael Schønwandt achieves fine results from his strong line up of soloists, fine choir and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra."
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09/06/2016   Fanfare

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
[..] "The performances by all concerned are superbly done - obviously labors of love - and uniformly well recorded. [..]This is simply a delight [..] Enthusiastically recommended."
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31/05/2016   Ritmo

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
[..]"Irregular, pero en conjunto muy interesante, vale la pena acercarse a ella. Michael Schønwandt, que la estrenó en 2014 (la partitura estuvo perdida hasta 2001), nos la trae en condiciones inmejorables."
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11/05/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

PAUL VON KLENAU: Symfoni nr. 9
4/6 Stars

"Rent musikalsk er det i lange stræk et imponerende stykke håndværk. DRSO spiller fremragende, dirigeret af Michael Schønwandt, ligesom DR KoncertKoret og de fire solosangere også yder deres bedste for at forløse den lange symfoni."
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04/04/2016   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
“The hero of Dacapo’s recent recording of Nielsen’s ensemble songs isn’t so much the composer himself as DR (…) whose comprehensive upward-feeding choral system is profiled in its entirety here. Denmark is singing very well, and with a system like this, will continue to do so.”
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31/03/2016   The Classical Reviewer

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
"This is a very fine selection of Nielsen’s often neglected songs bringing together Denmark’s finest national choirs. They are beautifully recorded in the fine acoustic of the Garnisons Church, Copenhagen."
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30/03/2016   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Sunget af DRs Kor
"The affection and care shine through. Recording quality is excellent. This CD is an essential purchase, not only for lovers of Nielsen but for anyone who loves the sound of unaccompanied choirs."
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01/03/2016   Nouveauté

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
4/4 Stars

[..] "Cette interprétation séduit totalement tant elle répand bonne humeur et humour tout en magnifiant les trésors de la partition." [..]
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22/01/2016   American Record Guide

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Chorus and orchestra are incontestably authoritative. The sound is superbly vivid. As I have said before, jaded opera lovers, who think there are no new discoveries to be had, should rush to secure this recording while it lasts. It, and the work itself, are irresistible!"
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01/01/2016   The Irish Times

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Well sung and interpreted as here, Maskarade deserves to be much more widely known."
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01/12/2015   L'Avant-Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "Malgré quelques faiblesses dans la distribution qui n'entachent pas gravement la réussite du projet, Schønwandt a donc eu pleinement raison de confir aux micros Dacapo sa novelle version de cette œuvre jubilatoire."
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11/11/2015   Audiophile Audition

CARL NIELSEN: MASKARADE
5/5 Stars

"With the excellence of the cast, completely delightful and engaging, plus the radiant playing of the DNSO under Michael Schonwandt in sound that is state of the art and wonderfully balanced, this is simply the recording to own."
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10/11/2015   Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
3/4 Stars

"[..] un excellent chef danois de réputation internationale (Michael Schønwandt) et une belle brochette de chanteurs, majoritairement danois."
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01/11/2015   Diapason

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "je suis convaincu que cet enregistrement aura conduit de nombreux amateurs d'opéra vers cette célébration musicale de l'amour et de la vie."[..]
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01/11/2015   Oper!

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"(...) Und für die jüngste Einspielung der Maskarade sind es erneut Chor und Nationalorchester, die unter der federnden, buffoleichten und temperamentvollen Leitung von Michael Schønwandt diese melodiös funkelnde, vor witzigen tonsetzerischen Einfällen nur so sprühende Opernrarität für das dänische Label Dacapo aufgenommen haben. Entstanden ist eine Einspielung, die rundum überzeugt..."
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27/10/2015   Fanfare

HOLMBOE: Requiem for Nietzsche
"Solo and choral singing is first rate, the orchestra plays with impassioned commitment and technical excellence, and Schønwandt’s conducting is that of a true believer. This is a very important piece of 20th-century choral literature, and thus a rational candidate for the Classical Hall of Fame"
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14/10/2015   Concerto Net

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Maskarade, a lasting cornerstone within Danish culture"
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13/10/2015   Opera Now

Nielsen: Maskarade
"…interesting, enjoyable and worth investigating"
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06/10/2015   Diapason d'Or - Octobre 2015

Maskarade - Diapason d'Or
5/5 Stars

"La baguette alerte et subtile de Michael Schønwandt est aussi à l’aise dans le ton XVIIIe que dans la veine populair."
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01/10/2015   Klassiekezaken

Bruisende muziek
"Nielsen wilde Le nozze di Figaro, Falstaff en Die Meistersinger naar de kroon steken en dat is hem voortreffelijk gelukt."
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01/10/2015   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Nielsen beyond the symphonies

"Few works underscore Nielsen’s desire to overturn the old order better than this, a snapshot from 1906 of a changing Denmark that advocates art for all and freedom in youth. It’s full of marvellous tunes and orchestral joie de vivre, particularly in this new recording. Not many composers can tread the line between profundity and froth, but Nielsen does so deliciously even when the opera collapses into a cavalcade of partying."
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01/10/2015   Das Opernglas

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"Vom Danish National Symphony Orchestra unter der Leitung von Michael Schønwandt liegt nun das Werk des dänischen Nationalkomponisten in einer im vergangenen Jahr entstandenen beachtenswerten Einspielung vor..."
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01/10/2015   Ascolta

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"Det er blevet en helt rigtig Maskarade til tiden"
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16/09/2015   The Guardian

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Cast, conductor and orchestra relish every bar"
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07/09/2015   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"The singing on this Dacapo set is just fabulous; it’s consistently accurate and imaginative… This gorgeous set confirms Michael Schønwandt as a Nielsen conductor of rare distinction; a Maskarade for the ages."
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03/09/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
6/6 Stars

"Denne udgaves virkelige trumfkort er Michael Schønwandt og det virtuost spillende DR Symfoniorkestret"
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01/09/2015   BBC Music

Nielsen: Maskarade
5/5 Stars

Nielsen for the modern age
"Micheal Schønwandt conducts with great detail and sweep"
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21/08/2015   Musicweb International

Nielsen: Maskarade
*RECORDING OF THE MONTH*
This is a wonderful set, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Offhand it’s hard to imagine a happier celebration of Nielsen’s 150th anniversary.
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21/08/2015   Pizzicato

NIELSEN: MASKARADE
5/5 Stars

"Die Sänger, die für diese Produktion engagiert wurden, bringen die Komödie auf hohem Niveau zu Leben und da auch Schoenwandt die leichte und spritzige Musik des Komponisten mit viel Sinn für den klugem Witz auf die höhere Qualitätsschiene hebt, ist alles vereint, um dem Hörer zwei vergängliche Stunden mit geistreicher, sprühender Musik zu garantieren."
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21/08/2015   Pizzicato

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Die Sänger, die für diese Produktion engagiert wurden, bringen die Komödie auf hohem Niveau zu Leben"
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29/07/2015   BBC Music Magazine

Nielsen: Maskarade
"This latest CD boasts probably the strongest cast on record so far. The mighty bass Stephen Milling catches the ageing paterfamilias Jeronimus’s comically fallible humanity likeably."
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24/07/2015   Gramophone EDITOR's CHOICE

Nielsen: Maskarade
"As with Scriabin, Nielsen’s anniversary invites us to reassess the composer with new recordings, in this case a fourth—and successful—outing on disc for Maskarade."
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17/07/2015   The Times

Simple and sunny - is this really Carl Nielsen?
4/5 Stars

"This exemplary new studio recording is a must-have… Here is a cast whose singing brings the comedy to life under the expert baton of Michael Schønwandt. Enjoy two hours of top-notch light music and brush up your Danish in the process."
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13/07/2015   SA-CD.net

Nielsen: Maskarade
"Throughout, Michael Schønwandt keeps an iron grip, particularly on the pacing of the sometimes quite complex interactions of soloists and choir. He also ensures that the many dances have rhythmic spring and lilt, and that there are plenty of major contrasts in both speed and dynamics as Nielsen’s score demands. The soloists are in top voice (...) Their comical mocking voices and sneering descriptions of character friends are well done and amusing. It is immediately obvious that the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir are also fired up, keeping the listener in thrall throughout the three acts."
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30/06/2015   David's Review Corner

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"The sound is excellent with ideal balance between soloists and orchestra which also reveals every small orchestral detail."
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09/06/2015   Politiken

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
5/6 Hjerter

"Alt føles rigtigt, og han kommer paletten rundt. Både det kradsbørstige og det poetiske sidder lige i øjet."
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30/01/2015   BBC Music Magazine

John Frandsen: Requiem
4/5 Stars

"Frandsen’s substantial score (...) is by turns lavish and somber, electrifying and meditative. A worthy and affective tribute to those lives lost."
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03/11/2014   Gramophone

John Frandsen: Requiem
"John Frandsen has achieved a modern milestone"
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06/10/2014   Seismograf

Det umuliges kunst
"Lige som kirken er koncertsalen et rum, hvor det store, det eksistentielle og det ufattelige kan rummes, og hvor der er plads til andagtsstemning, og det mærker man også et aftryk af på en indspilning som denne, særligt når musikken har en kvalitet og historisk rodfæstethed som hos Frandsen."
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09/09/2014   Pizzicato

John Frandsen: Requiem
4/5 Stars

"Die Surround-Tonaufnahme ist sehr räumlich und natürlich."
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29/08/2014   Klassisk

Bevægende dansk dødsmesse
5/6 Stars

”John Frandsens musik folder sig ud bredt og farverigt, og den trækker på både de store traditioner og på modernismen i en righoldig blanding, som virker personlig og overbevisende."
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12/07/2014   Fyens Stiftstidende

Mennesket, døden og troen
4/6 Stars

"Der er øjeblikke af voldsom kraft, men også salige himmeltoner, i et modernistisk, ofte minimalistisk tonesprog, som forbinder de velkendte og universelle tekster med en nærværende nutid."
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07/07/2014   Gregers DH

TIL OFRENE PÅ ØEN
4/6 Stars

"Spændinger, modsætninger og voldsom afveksling og vitalitet er sandelig også kvaliteter ved denne dødsmesse, dynamiske skred afvekslende med lyrisk intensitet og en brug af teksterne, der håndfast klarlægger deres indhold."
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01/03/2014   Choir & Organ

Peter Heise: Songs for Male Voices
5/5 Stars

"Great SACD sound, full of texture and individuation."
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01/02/2014   International Record Review

Peter Heise: Songs for Male Voices
"Easy on the ear, and expertly written for men's voices.", "With such names you'd expect a fine standard, and you certainly get it, and in splendid sound too."
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01/12/2013   Gramophone

Poul Schierbeck: Fête Galante
Holiday Critic’s Choice: "A superb cast and recording".
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01/11/2013   Classica

Poul Schierbeck: Fête Galante
3/4 Stars

"Schierbeck, véritable maître de l'orchestre, s'impose grâce à une instrumentation exquise. On pense, entre autres, à l'Ouverture brillante, mais également à diverses pages purement orchestrales de tout beauté, sans oublier un délicat et bienveillant accompagnement des voix."
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01/10/2013   International Record Review

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
"It’s one of those rare works that makes you happy to be alive, and I commend it to your attention with every enthusiasm."
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01/10/2013   Opera

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
"This is an attractive performance.", "Schierbeck's orchestral writing is masterly."
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01/10/2013   Gramophone

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
"With beautiful recording quality and excellent documentation in addition to first-rate performance, the collectability of this issue for Scandophiles is not in doubt."
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30/09/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Peter Heise: Songs for Male Voices
4/6 Stars

"Med Schønwandt i spidsen er det musikalske håndværk mere end i orden, og de muskuløse mandsstemmer udstanser Heises pointer i en klart artikuleret stil."
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11/09/2013   Kristeligt Dagblad

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
4/6 Stars

"Bobler af vid og charme."
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02/09/2013   OPUS

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
5/6 Stars

"Michael Schönwandt, Danska radions symfoniorkester och kör tar fram små detaljer, stora linjer och inte minst det goda smilet i musiken. God fornöjelse!"
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02/09/2013   Klassisk

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
5/6 Stars

"En fremragende opførelse ... det ville være oplagt at tage denne lille perle op på scenen igen"
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01/09/2013   Fono Forum

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
5/5 Stars

Empfehlungen des Monats: "Überzeugend", "Ein musikalisches Meisterwerk.", "Die Ouvertüre zählt zur besten Orchestermusik aus Dänemark."
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01/07/2013   David's Review Corner

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
“There is not one weak link in the long list of subordinate character singers, and the orchestra, with Michael Schønwandt conducting, is absolutely superb… My major problem is to stop playing it.”
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14/06/2013   Fyens Stiftstidende

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
4/6 Stars

"En velfortjent genfødsel"
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01/01/2013   MusicWeb International

Rued Langgaard: The Symphonies
"Music of near genius, quirk and quiddity; this bumper set has it all.", "Dacapo’s Super Audio recording is very impressive indeed."
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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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12/09/2011   Classics Today France (10/10)

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Pour ceux qui connaissent déjà l'univers de ce Scriabine nordique, par exemple à travers l'opéra Antikrist, ce SACD sera du pur bonbon."
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25/03/2011   MusicWeb International

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
CD of the Month - March 2011 "Absolutely not to be missed!"
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13/03/2011   Klassik.com

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Es gelingt hervorragend, die Qualitäten von Langgaards Musik aufs Beste zu akzentuieren."
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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

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Works of genius, or manifestations of madness-or both-these at the least are compelling listening."
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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   Orpheus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"Einer sehr homogenen Vokalbesetzung."
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11/01/2011   Classique Info

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Thomas Dausgaard propose ici une version moins spectaculaire, plus mystique et peut-être en définitive plus satisfaisante"
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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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10/11/2010   Dagens Nyheter

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
4/5 Stars

"Verket i sig väckte en fascination som inneburit en oväntad försäljningsframgång för den inspelning som utkommit."
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01/11/2010   Gramophone

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Superbly played and recorded disc ... Highly recommended."
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01/11/2010   OPUS

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
5/5 Stars

OPUS Rekommanderar - "Framförandet är i superklass och inspelningen helt fenomenal ... Ändå, Årets CD!"
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27/10/2010   Gapplegate Music Review

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"The performances are excellent and the sound is good."
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11/10/2010   BBC Music Magazine

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
5/5 Stars

"Stunningly ambitious and well-executed...Amazing."
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04/10/2010   The Arts Desk

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"This is possibly the strangest, most delicious music you’re likely to hear all year. Fabulous.”
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29/09/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
4/5 Stars

"Et flot requiem af en af Danmarks mest spændende komponister"
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29/09/2010   Los Angeles Times

Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies
"These are works of generous spirit, melodies spilling out, harmonies going in slightly unusual places, pleasing to the ear and spirit. They are of their time, gorgeously played and warmly recorded by the Danish label DaCapo."
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29/09/2010   NPR

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"If there was ever any music suitable for a planetarium, this is it!"
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29/09/2010   Fyens Stiftstidende

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
5/5 Stars

"Takket være Thomas Dausgaards enorme overblik og dybe indsigt står hver en passage lysende klart."
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14/09/2010   Classics Today (10/10)

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"The music is terrific and wholly gripping ... stunningly recorded and beautifully performed ... A truly awesome event" 10/10 - CD OF THE MONTH OCTOBER 2010
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08/09/2010   Jyllands-Posten

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"En gave til et nyt stort publikum."
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06/09/2010   Klassisk

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
5/5 Stars

"Som lytter løftes man med og op på denne intense bølge af vellyd."
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16/08/2010   Musikansich.de

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
6/6 Stars

"Sphärenmusik darf beanspruchen, eines der merkwürdigsten und fantastischen Werke des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts zu sein."
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13/08/2010   Berlingske Tidende

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Hør den endelig!"
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13/08/2010   Politiken

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
4/6 Hjerter

“Musikken klang så himmelsk og diffus i Royal Albert Halls særprægede akustik, som den vel overhovedet kan komme til.”
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12/08/2010   Information

Rued Langgaard: Music og the Spheres
“De gjorde det alle fremragende oppe på podiet under Thomas Dausgaard, og publikum tog mærkbart den ejendommelige musik til sig.”
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01/06/2010   Audiophil

Asger Hamerik: Symfonierne
"Faszinierender Intensität und ergreifender Schönheit."
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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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29/03/2010   Sequenza 21

Per Nørgård:Symphonies 3 and 7
"You hear everything that happens and everyone is performing on their highest level."
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01/02/2010   Gramophone

Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies
"Top-notch sound from Dacapo makes this a highly enjoyable set."
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25/11/2009   Musicweb International

Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies
"Dacapo do their usual truly outstanding job in documenting these discs..."
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01/07/2009   Gramophone

Rued Langgaard: The Symphonies
"Dausgaard, Danish Radio and Dacapo do the cycle proud."
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17/06/2009   Classics Today

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 3 & 7
"If you're looking for some really good contemporary music ... then this powerfully engineered production offers a perfect opportunity to satisfy your craving."
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03/02/2009   Politiken

Rued Langgaard: The Symphonies
5/6 Hjerter

"Samtlige 16 svulmende, velorkestrerede orkesterudsagn er hermed indspillet. Langgaard-fans, kom ud af skabene og tag for jer!"
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27/01/2005   Politiken

Ib Nørholm: Choral Works
4/6 Hjerter

"Klare og karakteristiske stemningsfarver, en mængde lunerigt træfsikre maleriske detaljer og en frisk og yndefuld korisk diktion”
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14/06/2002   Classics Today (10/10)

Vagn Holmboe: Requiem for Nietzsche
"A powerful work on many levels, a serious statement from a composer of genuine vision ... A real find."
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22/05/2002   BBC Music Magazine

Vagn Holmboe: Requiem for Nietzsche
5/6 Stars

"Both the soloists are impressive and Michael Schønwandt and his chorus and orchestra seem totally possessed."
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15/03/1996   Répertoire

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"A major discovery. This is a truly fascinating and worthy work in an exemplary production and presentation. Check it out."
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15/03/1996   BBC Music Magazine

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
5 Stars

"This is a fascinating and hugely enjoyable set."
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15/03/1996   Orpheus

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"Dank an dacapo dieses Schmuckstück ausgegraben zu haben."
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15/03/1996   Opera News

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"With masterful conducting by Thomas Dausgaard, an orchestra of international caliber and recording of wide dynamic range and good balance, Holger Danske has the makings of a real sleeper."
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15/03/1996   Fanfare

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"If I don't include this recording in my year-end list of preferences, may my right hand forget its cunning."
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15/03/1996   American Record Guide

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"This recording is first-rate."
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15/03/1996   Classical Pulse

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"Another marvelous discovery from Dacapo."
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15/03/1996  

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
DANISH GRAMMY AWARD
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15/03/1996   The Oakland Tribune

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"The quality of Kunzen’s music is so high, this is like discovering a mature Mozart work."
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15/03/1996  

F.L.Ae. Kunzen Holger Danske
AMERICAN GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE
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15/04/1995   Classical Music on the Web

Per Nørgård: Siddharta
"The recording is perfectly satisfactory and I am happy to recommend this essential acquisition for those interested to explore this improtant composer."
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15/04/1995   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: Siddharta
"Superb performances."
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Photo: Camilla Utke Schiøler

Discography

Symphony No. 9
Symphony No. 9
Paul von Klenau

CD 8.226098-99 (2016)

Carl Nielsen sung by the Danish National Choirs
Carl Nielsen sung by the Danish National Choirs

CD 8.226112 (2015)

Maskarade
Maskarade
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220641-42 (2015)

Requiem
Requiem
John Frandsen

SACD 6.220649-50 (2014)

A moving sacred work for the present: John Frandsen’s magnificent Requiem embraces all expressions in a prayer for humanity

Songs for Male Voices
Songs for Male Voices
Peter Heise

SACD 6.220598 (2013)

Charming choral songs and quartets from the Danish Golden age. Long live woman, art and the fatherland!

Fête galante
Fête galante
Poul Schierbeck

SACD 6.220637-38 (2013)

A true operatic feast: Schierbeck’s Fete galante from 1931 is lyrical and warm, glitteringly orchestrated and has Denmark’s best singers in the main roles

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

Music of the Spheres
Music of the Spheres
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220535 (2010)

Rued Langgaard’s most visionary works form the impressive conclusion to Dacapo’s acclaimed Dausgaard-Langgaard cycle

Antikrist
Antikrist
Rued Langgaard

BD 2.110409BD (2010)

Blu-ray version of the acclaimed DVD production of Rued Langgaard's doomsday opera

The Symphonies [4-SACD Box set]
The Symphonies [4-SACD Box set]
Asger Hamerik

SACD 6.200002 (2009)

Denmark’s most international 19th-century composer steps out in all his romantic orchestral glory

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

The Symphonies [7-SACD box set]
The Symphonies [7-SACD box set]
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.200001 (2009)

All Langgaard’s 16 symphonies collected in one beautiful box; a watershed release!

Symphonies 3 and 7
Symphonies 3 and 7
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220547 (2009)

Sensational recording of Nørgård’s 7th Symphony and his epoch-making Symphony no. 3

Symphonies 15-16
Symphonies 15-16
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220519 (2008)

The last two symphonies and a handful of short pieces by the Romantic firebrand Langgaard

Corona
Corona
Hanne Ørvad

CD 8.226534 (2008)

Spacious, magical choral music sung by three virtuoso ensembles

Symphonies 12-14
Symphonies 12-14
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220517 (2006)

Three symphonies that cover the whole field of Langgaard’s corrosive, schizophrenic view of music

Antikrist
Antikrist
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220523-24 (2006)

The SACD production of Rued Langgaard's magnificent doomsday vision. allegorical opera

The Little Match Girl; Die Seejungfrau
The Little Match Girl; Die Seejungfrau
August Enna; Alexander Zemlinsky

CD 8.226048 (2006)

Zemlinsky meets Danish opera in a double tribute to Hans Christian Andersen

Choral-Symphony; Requiem
Choral-Symphony; Requiem
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.226033 (2006)

A full-blown romantic masterpiece by Berlioz’ favourite Danish pupil

Antikrist (DVD)
Antikrist (DVD)
Rued Langgaard

DVD 2.110402 (2005)

Langgaard’s ecstatic vision of doom in prizewinning recording. Indescribable!

Maskarade
Maskarade
Carl Nielsen

CD 6.220507-08 (2004)

Nielsen’s stage masterpiece in a classic recording with the conductor John Frandsen

Choral Works
Choral Works
Ib Nørholm

CD 8.224700 (2004)

Winter music of great purity and poetry by a master composer of our time

Requiem for Nietzsche
Requiem for Nietzsche
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224207 (2002)

An impressive, uncompromising oratorio based on the life of Nietzsche – a major work in Danish music

Symphonies 6-8
Symphonies 6-8
Rued Langgaard

CD 8.224180 (2001)

First CD in the definitive series of recordings of Langgaard’s strange and wonderful symphonies

Archipel des solitudes
Archipel des solitudes
Niels Rosing-Schow

CD 8.224163 (2001)

Overdådig skønhed i denne fransk-inspirerede sangcyklus til tekster af Gilles Gourdon

Renaissance
Renaissance
P.E. Lange-Müller

CD 8.224109 (2000)

Fuldmoden dansk nationalromantik af en elsket mester

The Tower of Babel
The Tower of Babel
Ludolf Nielsen

CD 8.224157 (2000)

Et visionært storværk fra den danske symbolisme, indspillet for første gang

Yndigt dufter Danmark
Yndigt dufter Danmark
Svend S. Schultz

CD 8.224108 (1999)

Schultz’ elskede kormusik er essensen af den korte danske sommer

Liden Kirsten
Liden Kirsten
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.224106-07 (1999)

The beloved ballad opera with a libretto by Hans Christian Andersen. Denmark in a nutshell!

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

Der var engang (Once upon a time)
Der var engang (Once upon a time)
P.E. Lange-Müller

CD 8.224084 (1997)

Songs and music from the Romantic fairytale comedy. A bestseller 100 years ago and today!

Moses
Moses
Herman D. Koppel

CD 8.224046 (1996)

Luna; Symphony No. 3; Twilight
Luna; Symphony No. 3; Twilight
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224041 (1996)

Holger Danske
Holger Danske
F.L.Ae. Kunzen

CD 8.224036-37 (1995)

Siddharta
Siddharta
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224031-32 (1995)

Vocal and Instrumental Works
Vocal and Instrumental Works
Bernhard Lewkovitch

DCCD 9207-08 (1993)

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Svend Erik Tarp

DCCD 9005 (1992)

Royal Music
Royal Music

DCCD 9020 (1992)


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