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Gert Mortensen  

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Gert Mortensen was born in Denmark in 1958 and was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Since 1977 he has been a member of the Royal Danish Ochestra. Gert Mortensen became recognized at a very early age as one of the world's leading percussionists. He has won countless prizes, including the 1980 Jacob Gade prize, the 1982 Carl Nielsen Award and the Music Critics' prize. Together with Per Nørgård and the British conductor Simon Rattle he has studied Indonesian gamelan music and introduced numerous percussion instruments foreign to Werstern European musical tradition. Not only Per Nørgård, but several other leading Scandinavian composers including Niels Viggo Bentzon, Sven-David Sandström and Poul Ruders, have composed music specially for Gert Mortensen.
He has given master classes at several European conservatories, and has made many recordings on music videos and CDs.

Live Dates

10/11/2010   Musicweb International

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
"Exemplary playing and sonics (...) I daresay you’ll be coming back for more"
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01/09/2010   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
"If you enjoy long, slow-to-unfold minimalist pieces like Riley's In C or Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, you will enjoy this"
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01/07/2010   Fanfare

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
"...enjoying the remarkable virtuosity - and endurance - of the ensemble (...) that is a remarkable experience"
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07/05/2010   Klassisk

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
5/6 Hjerter

"Overalt indfinder Nørgårds adelsmærke sig - de omskiftelige tilstande, der i ét væk bølger én i møde og nogle gange ender med at vælte én omkuld. Oven i hatten er der som altid en kompleksitet at betages af og vende tilbage til. Mange gange."
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01/05/2010   Klassik.com

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
5/5 Stars

"Nørgård und das Percurama-Ensemble demonstrieren mit A Light Hour zweierlei: Den überragenden Rang des Komponisten als (Er-)Finder neuer Klänge und die keineswegs schon voll ausgeschöpften Möglichkeiten der Perkussions-Musik. Man höre und staune."
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01/04/2010   www.allmusic.com

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
5/5 Stars

It's friendly, inviting, and fun. The sound is nicely spacious and ambient.
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Discography

A Light Hour
A Light Hour
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226100 (2010)

A world wide percussion journey brilliantly realized by Gert Mortensen and his ensemble Percurama

Siddharta
Siddharta
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224031-32 (1995)


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