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The Esbjerg Ensemble was founded in 1967 on the initiative of the Danish Ministry of Culture and consists today of 12 international musicians: a wind quintet, a string quintet, piano and percussion. For almost 40 years the Esbjerg Ensemble has set the standard for chamber music in Denmark and has been of great importance to the work of many Danish composers. The ensemble is also acknowledged for its innovative programming and its natural versatility, as documented by among other things a succession of CD recordings and extended touring all over the world, where the ensemble has enthused large audiences with unique performances from a wide, exciting repertoire of both traditional and contemporary chamber music.

http://www.esbjerg-ensemble.dk/

Live Dates

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: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
"Norgard has craft. The musicians are skilled as well, and the sound is a little on the cool side—it suits the music."
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08/11/2012   Allmusic.com

Peter Bruun: Letters to the Ocean
4/5 Stars

"The sound is clean, atmospheric, and nicely ambient. This is a CD that should interest any fans of contemporary music."
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07/09/2012   Jyllands-Posten

Per Nørgård: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
5/6 Stars

"...et vildnis af uventede idéer og genialt skæve linjer".
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23/08/2012   Classicalmodernmusic.blogspot

Per Nørgård: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
"His originality takes time to get with. This compilation is a fine place to start."
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20/07/2012   Fyens Stiftstidende

Per Nørgård: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
4/6 Stars

"tilhøreren nærmest svæver på noderne."
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21/11/2011   MusicWeb International

Peter Bruun: Letters to the Ocean
"This is a well-balanced and varied ‘taster' that's whetted my appetite for more. What better recommendation than that?"
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19/07/2011   Politiken

Peter Bruun: Letters to the Ocean
4/6 Hjerter

"Esbjerg Ensemblet må være noget nær den mest kompetente flok overhovedet til at håndtere Peter Bruuns tre bundpoetiske ensembleværker ... Det kan varmt anbefales nysgerrige ører"
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06/07/2011   Svenska Dagbladet

Peter Bruun: Letters to the ocean
4/4 Stars

"Peter Bruun är en av de mest spännande tonsättarna i sin generation ... Bättre än bra, här spelar vi i nästintill högsta divisionen"
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23/06/2011   Ritmo

Peter Bruun: Letters to the Ocean
3/5 Stars

"Moderna, sí, pero también reconocible y accesible. Y en este caso muy bien interpretada."
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08/06/2011   Upsala Nya Tidning

Peter Bruun: Letters to the Ocean
4/4 Stars

"Även Bruuns musik har filmiska kvalitéer, inte minst titelverket med dess avvaktande karaktär och liksom kyligt pastorala stämningar som tycks ge en fläkt av havet och det vindbitna danska kustlandskabet."
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04/05/2011   Dagens Nyheter

Peter Bruun: Letters to the Ocean
4/5 Stars

"En musik som växlar mellan det kärvt korthuggna, det svepande dramatiska och det drömskt flytande."
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21/04/2011   Fyens Stiftstidende

Peter Bruun: Letters to the ocean
4/6 Stars

"Peter Bruuns klangverden fascinerer"
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01/07/2009   Fanfare Magazine

Morten Olsen: In a Silent Way
"I do think Olsen merits [...] more attention than I've given to others of similar avant-garde persuasion in the past."
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18/11/2008   Jydske Vestkysten

Morten Olsen: In a Silent Way
"Morten Olsens musik er virkeligt anbefalelsesværdig."
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04/03/2008   Sequenza 21

Anders Brødsgaard: In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni
"Rolf Hind gives passionate performances of all the pieces, and the Esbjerg Ensemble, led by Christopher Austin, provides skillful and sympathetic accompaniment."
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Photo: Henrik Stenberg

Discography

Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226092 (2012)

Four magical, virtuosic percussion works inspired by the forms of nature and eastern mysticism.

Letters to the Ocean
Letters to the Ocean
Peter Bruun

CD 8.226553 (2011)

Prize-winning composer Peter Bruun reveals his passionate relationship with the sea in this collection of inspired chamber works

In a Silent Way
In a Silent Way
Morten Olsen

CD 8.226525 (2008)

24 gongs and Miles Davis haunt the all-round artist Morten Olsen’s new works

In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni
In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni
Anders Brødsgaard

CD 8.226514 (2008)

A cycle of piano works where improvisational imagination and systematic rigour meet

Works for Harp and ensemble
Works for Harp and ensemble
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226039 (2006)

Magisk musik, der løfter harpen til spirituelle højder

Three Friends
Three Friends
Karl Aage Rasmussen

CD 8.224094 (1998)

The Violin Concerto and other major works by a central figure from the Nordic music of our time

Shadowland
Shadowland
Bent Sørensen

CD 8.224075 (1998)

Five unique works where all the shades of twilight appear


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