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Founded in 2002, Ensemble MidtVest consists of a string quartet, a wind quintet, and a pianist. Ensemble MidtVest is based in Herning, Denmark, at HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art. Ensemble MidtVest performs more than 80 concerts every year in Denmark and abroad. In 2012, 2014 and 2016, Ensemble MidtVest performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. In Europe, Ensemble MidtVest has, among other venues and festivals, appeared at Kings Place in London, Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), ULTIMA (Norway) and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival (Wales). In 2015, the ensemble made its debut at the IVth Rio International Chamber Music Week in Brazil, and in 2016 it played in Toronto as well as at Elmau Castle in Germany. Among Ensemble MidtVest’s extensive further discography, its 2006 recording of Piano Quartets by Mozart and Brahms was awarded the prize for the best chamber music CD of the year by the listeners of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Since then, the ensemble has published another ten discs of music by Carl Nielsen and Francis Poulenc (cpo), Vagn Holmboe and Jørgen Jersild (Dacapo). In 2015, the first of five CDs of chamber music by Niels W. Gade was published on cpo. Ensemble MidtVest has performed with such renowned musicians as Martin Fröst, Charles Neidich and Johannes Peitz (clarinet), Torleif Thedéen and Christoph Richter (cello), Alexander Lonquich (piano), Christina Landshamer (soprano), The Danish String Quartet and the Alcan String Quartet. Since 2014, the highly-acclaimed bassoon player Sergio Azzolini has been associated as an Artistic Advisor to the Ensemble MidtVest, focusing particularly on early classical music. In addition to classical chamber music, Ensemble MidtVest frequently works with improvisation, breaking down barriers between musical styles and genres and expanding the performers’ musical intuition and individuality. Assisting in this process, world-renowned Danish jazz pianist Carsten Dahl was appointed the ensemble’s first Artistic Advisor in 2007. Ensemble MidtVest is supported financially by the Danish Arts Foundation and by the four Municipalities of Herning, Holstebro, Ikast-Brande, and Struer.

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Live Dates

13/09/2013   Jørgen Jersild 100th Birthday
I anledning af komponisten Jørgen Jersilds 100 års fødselsdag udgiver Ensemble MidtVest en ny CD med Jersilds kammermusikværker. Vi inviterer til formiddags-release i Herning mandag 23. september.
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29/08/2016   Gramophone

HANS ABRAHAMSEN Værker for Blæserkvintet
[..] "all the score's curious mixture of bite and nostalgia is absolutely and deliciously conveyed."
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09/08/2016   Seismograf

PETER BRUUN The Green Groves
[..] "Throughout the recording, its members sound, collectively, as if they have acute awareness of all the music’s implications."
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07/08/2016   Classical Source

HANS ABRAHAMSEN Værker for blæserkvintet
[..] "The performances by Ensemble MidtVest could scarcely be improved on for clarity of ensemble.." [..]
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29/07/2016   MusicWeb International

HANS ABRAHAMSEN Værker for blæserkvintet
[..] "the best movement is the famous Träumerei where the oboe is omitted altogether and the clarinet leads the others. It is really quite beautiful and here one hardly misses the piano. Ensemble MidtVest performs well, as they also do in the original works. [..] this disc is valuable for providing excellent accounts of Abrahamsen’s wind quintets - all 18 minutes of them - and it gives the listener a taste of the composer’s ability as an arranger." [..]
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26/07/2016   Gramophone

HANS ABRAHAMSEN Værker for blæserkvintet
[..] "all the score’s curious mixture of bite and nostalgia is absolutely and deliciously conveyed"
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13/07/2016   GregersDH

PETER BRUUN The Green Groves
"Dansant, inciterende og fantasifuld kammermusik af Peter Bruun" [..]
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10/06/2016   Classical Ear

HANS ABRAHAMSEN Værker for blæserkvintet
4/5 Stars

[..] "Schumann’s Kinderszenen (all of it) works well on wind instruments in Abrahamsen’s imaginative yet respectful version, retaining its intimacy and bittersweet remembrances, not least the familiar ‘Träumerei’" [..]
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18/04/2016   Politiken

HANS ABRAHAMSEN: Værker for blæserkvintet
"Lydbilledet er gennemsigtigt og som oftest finjusteret."
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13/04/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

HANS ABRAHAMSEN: Værker for blæserkvintet
4/6 Stars

"Vi får 'Landskaber' fra 1972, et ungdomsværk i tre korte satser. Det er minimalistisk kunst, kønt og stemningsfuldt. Abrahamsens 'Walden' fra 1978. Her har musikken en lyrisk-afsøgende karakter og krones med en vittig, diverterende sats."
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02/04/2014   Ensemble

Schöne Seiten Dänemarks
5/5 Stars

"Es erfährt eine ebenso intensive wie klangschöne Interpretation, die kaum besser hätte ausfallen können."
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01/02/2014   Gramophopne

Jørgen Jersild: Chamber Music
"An excellent vehicle for the outstanding skills of the Ensemble MidtVest."
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01/02/2014   International Record Review

Jørgen Jersild: Chamber Music
"The performance is heartfelt, and all its composer could have desired", "An excellent purchase, even at full price."
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01/11/2013   Klassisk

Jørgen Jersild: Chamber Music
4/6 Stars

"En fornem indsats for Jersilds alt for sjældent hørte musik. Kan anbefales."
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25/10/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten

Jørgen Jersild: Chamber Music
4/6 Stars

"Ensemble MidtVest svæver her fint med i Jersilds intime og ganske virtuose klangverden."
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09/10/2013   Kristeligt Dagblad

Jørgen Jersild: Chamber Music
4/6 Stars

"En eksklusiv, men spændende komponist, det absolut er værd at investere i."
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24/09/2013   Herning Folkeblad

Jørgen Jersild: Chamber Music
"Bekræfter virkelig komponistens særstilling."
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08/08/2013   Audiophile Audition

Vagn Holmboe: Concertos
"I’m deeply impressed with Holmboe, probably Denmark’s greatest composer after Nielsen.", "Recommended for all admirers of well-crafted modern music."
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26/06/2013   Gramophone

Holmboe: Concertos and Chamber Works (II)
"That this is one of the finest viola concertos ever penned I have not the slightest doubt, and it is thrown off with dazzling virtuosity by Tomter and the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra under Russian-born, Finnish-resident Dima Slobodeniouk... Ensemble MidtVest's follow-up to their very well-received first chamber music disc is equally impressive." EDITOR'S CHOICE - CRITIC'S CHOICE
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21/06/2013   MusicWeb International

Vagn Holmboe
"Danish label Dacapo's ongoing Holmboe-fest, a truly fantastic series that stretches back many years and which has yielded more than a dozen albums. This review considers the latest half a dozen."
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01/05/2013   American Record Guide

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (II)
"A welcome addition to the large backlog of this fine composer’s music."
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11/04/2013   International Record Review

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (II)
"Excellent anthology", "The single word that best describes it? Honest."
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10/04/2013   I Care if You Listen - A blog about new classical music, art and technology

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (II)
"Dacapo’s disc will provide much enjoyment."
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01/03/2013   The Flip Side

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (II)
"Showing off Holmboe’s effortless amalgam of modernism, classical structure and folk idioms.", "Dazzlingly played by members of Ensemble MidtVest."
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22/01/2013   Fanfare

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (II)
"This one is a must."
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01/12/2012   David's Review Corner

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (II)
"Excellent sound."
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18/04/2012   Fanfare

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)
"I couldn’t be more thrilled.", "It is never conventional, and it is always deeply moving and intellectually satisfying."
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16/01/2012   Gramophone

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)
"...proves once again that musical conversation is Holmboe's strong point, as it is for the excellent players on this cleanly recorded disc."
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01/10/2011   Klassisk

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)
4/5 Stars

"Foråret i Holmboes toneverden er ustyrligt spirende og frit voksende. Og ligeså farverigt som i naturen. Over alt bryder våren frem i takt med naturens gang."
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15/09/2011   OPUS

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)
5/6 Stars

"Dags att upptäcka Vagn Holmboe! Den här välmatade kammarmusik-cd:n kan fungera som inkörsport, om man inte känner sig mogen för någon av de barskare symfonierna."
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16/08/2011   Fyens Stiftstidende

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)
4/6 Stars

"Naturlys og åndefuld, ægte Holmboesk lyrik"
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20/07/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)
4/6 Stars

"Smukt organisk med masser af levende detaljer skabt af en omhyggelig, nænsom musiceren"
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01/07/2011   Ensemble

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)
”Hervorragend disponierten Ensemble MidtVest agiert mit großer Umsicht und Spielfreude”
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Photo: Caroline Bittencourt

Discography

The Green Groves
The Green Groves
Peter Bruun

CD 8.226571 (2016)

Works for Wind Quintet
Works for Wind Quintet
Hans Abrahamsen

CD 8.226090 (2016)

Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Jørgen Jersild

CD 8.226072 (2013)

A sophisticated stylist from the middle of the 20th century. Jørgen Jersild brought a French tone to Danish music

Chamber Music (II)
Chamber Music (II)
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.226074 (2012)

Five works for different chamber ensembles, where the meeting of the instruments creates strong, natural forms

Chamber Music (I)
Chamber Music (I)
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.226073 (2011)

World premiere recording of rarely performed chamber works by Vagn Holmboe


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