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Since their debut in 2007 the Danish National Vocal Ensemble’s 18 full-time professional singers have grappled with everything from early music and the Baroque to Romantic works and demanding contemporary music. Works that require strong individual performances stand high in the repertoire of the DNVE. The 18 singers are all experienced soloists who bring expression and life to the music. Their work is all about personal commitment and razor-sharp precision, whether they are singing works like Messiaen’s Cinq Rechants for 12 solo voices or Orlando di Lasso’s polyphonic masterpieces from the 16th century.

The DNVE has close ties to Danish and other Nordic music – for example the Danish Per Nørgård and the Swedish Sven-David Sandström have written music specifically for the DNVE. The DNVE is a flexible choir which performs fully manned or in smaller groupings. The choir can be expanded with the 56 singers of the Danish National Choir, and the DNVE also cooperates often with other choirs.

The ensemble has sung with among others Concerto Copenhagen, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic and NDR in Hamburg, as well as concerts with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. In 2011 the Swede Olof Boman joined the Danish National Vocal Ensemble as chief conductor; the ensemble also collaborates with several guest conductors such as Fredrik Malmberg, Peter Dijkstra, Paul Van Nevel and Marcus Creed.

Live Dates

05/07/2012   New video: Per Nørgård - LIBRA
View our video trailer from the recording sessions of Per Nørgård's vocal cycle Libra with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and tenor soloist Adam Riis
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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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26/07/2016   Gramophone

BENT SØRENSEN | PETER ASMUSSEN Sounds Like You
"It’s remarkable that Sørensen’s spatial ‘concerto for orchestra, choir, actors and audience’, which calls for actors and singers planted throughout the audience of a vineyard concert hall (where everyone can see everyone else) has transferred so well to CD. Sørensen pulls off a characteristic trick here: doing new, unusual and surprising things that manage entirely to avoid gimmickry."
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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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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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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   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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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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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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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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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   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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01/10/2013   Opera

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
"This is an attractive performance.", "Schierbeck's orchestral writing is masterly."
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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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08/03/2013   Gramophone

Per Nørgård: Libra
"Between the Danish National Vocal Ensemble's immaculate enunciation and Fredrik Malmberg's sensitive decrypting of Nørgård's multiple meanings, Nørgård's composition is revealed as being bold, beautiful and wise."
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01/03/2013   Classica

Per Nørgård: Libra & Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
3/4 Stars

Sceneries for percussion and ensemble: "Un saisissant moment de poésie contemporaine." Libra: "Non formatée et tres inspirée, envoûte par son aura particulière."
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01/02/2013   OPUS

Per Nørgård: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
6/6 Stars

"Det speciella polyrytmiska pendlandet ger karaktär, liksom de märkligt ylande berg-och-dalbane-effekter som uppkommer i samband med spel på såg. (Vad allt ska inte en percussionist kunna!)"
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28/01/2013   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: Libra
"If you’re fond of the music Kubrick used for 2001, you will love this."
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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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06/08/2012   Audiophile Audition

C.E.F. Horneman: Orchestral Works
"DNSO plays beautifully while exploiting every ounce of DaCapo’s rich surround sound."
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30/07/2012   Fyens Stiftstidende

Per Nørgård: Libra
4/6 Stars

"....med den Nørgårdske uendelighedsrække som bærende strukturprincip, oplever lytteren en svævende og kosmisk fornemmelse og løftes umærkeligt."
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20/07/2012   Jyllands-Posten

Per Nørgård: Libra
5/6 Stars

"Svimlende menneskelighed ... Nørgårds (...) vokalmusik (...) er karismatisk om noget og aldrig storladen eller medrivende pompøs".
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18/07/2012   Kristeligt Dagblad

Per Nørgård: Libra
4/6 Stars

"Lyder det fortænkt? Det er snarere gennemtænkt, som så mange af Per Nørgårds værker er det, gennemtænkte og gennemstrukturerede."
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25/06/2012   MusicWeb International

C.F.E. Horneman: Orchestral Works
"This is a marvellously performed and recorded release which is full of rich discovery."
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06/06/2012   Fanfare

C.F.E. Horneman: Orchestral Works
"This is very strongly recommended to all who enjoy being carried away by sweeping orchestral scores superbly played and magnificently recorded."
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01/06/2012   BBC Music Magazine

C.E.F. Horneman: Orchestral Works
4/5 Stars

"The splendid 'Bacchanale' and the Gurre-Suite were well worth reviving."
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28/05/2012   American Record Guide

Horneman: Orchestral Works
"Gustavsson is impetuous and has his men playing as if possessed. If you know little Danish music here’s the perfect place to start."
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01/03/2012   Classical Music Sentinel

C.F.E. Horneman: Orchestral Works
"This composer's music was long overlooked for all the wrong reasons, and hopefully this new Dacapo recording will convince other musicians to dig it out of the Danish archives."
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01/03/2012   Berlingske Tidende

C.F.E. Horneman: Orchestral Works
5/6 Stars

"Horneman er lyden af det land, vi længes efter. En nationalromantik, man ikke stendysses i søvn af. Og som fortjener alle de gode kræfter på scenen."
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01/02/2012   Classics Today (10/10)

C.F.E. Horneman: Orchestral Works
"Trust me, it's all good, and the performances are absolutely terrific, with Johannes Gustavsson encouraging his players to give their very best"
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03/01/2012   Politiken

C.E.F. Horneman: Orchestral Works
4/6 Hjerter

"DR-musikernes velsmurte fortolkning af den sært svimlende musik efterlader kun en konklusion: Horneman tilbage på teatret. Han skal have en chance mere."
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09/11/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

C.E.F. Horneman: Orchestral Works
4/6 Stars

"Fremført med smittende begejstring af DRSO, dirigeret af den unge svensker Johannes Gustavsson, der tydeligvis har et godt tag på netop den slags musik."
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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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05/05/2011   Diapason

Holmboe, Bruun, Norgard, Holten, Koppel, Jersild, Ruders Hymn to the Sun - Works for a cappella choir
"Les chemins parcourus tracent la carte d'une modenité subtilement tempérée à l'image des faisceaux de lumière qui traversent une belle matière chantée et parfois parlée dans la pièce de Vagn Holmboe."
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01/05/2011   Ritmo

Holmboe, Bruun, Norgard, Holten, Koppel, Jersild, Ruders: Solhymne - Værker for a cappella kor
4/4 Stars

"Mirado con distancia, este disco es fruto de la tradición coral danesa, una de las más potentes de toda Europa."
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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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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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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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16/12/2010   Fyens Stiftstidende

Hymn to the Sun - Works for a cappella choir
4/6 Stars

"Et homogent og velsammensunget ensemble, med en forbilledlig tekstudtale."
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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   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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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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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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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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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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02/01/2010   Jyllands-Posten

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"Den er forfriskende dansk med folkehøjskolen på sidelinjen."
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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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Photo: Per Morten Abrahamsen

Discography

Snowbells
Snowbells
Bent Sørensen

SACD 6.220629 (2016)

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

CD 8.226112 (2015)

Sounds Like You
Sounds Like You
Bent Sørensen | Peter Asmussen

SACD 6.220632 (2015)

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

Libra
Libra
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220622 (2012)

Enchanting vocal music with a vision of a world in ecstatic balance. A vocal tour de force in spectacular sound quality.

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Christian Frederik Emil Horneman

SACD 6.220564 (2011)

Horneman’s most important orchestral works, whose rich colours, moods and infectious temperament are a culmination of the Danish Golden Age.

Hymn to the Sun - Works for a cappella choir
Hymn to the Sun - Works for a cappella choir
Holmboe, Bruun, Nørgård, Holten, Koppel, Jersild, Ruders

CD 8.226051 (2010)

The Danish National Vocal Ensemble in newer works by some of Denmark’s internationally renowned composers

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

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

Corona
Corona
Hanne Ørvad

CD 8.226534 (2008)

Spacious, magical choral music sung by three virtuoso ensembles


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