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Hakon Børresen   (1876 - 1945)

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Børresen's father was Norwegian, and Børresen himself was an imposing figure, over six foot seven tall. His music, too, gives an impression of mountainous, immovable nature. Hakon Børresen's music has a majestic quality with its light-filled, muscular ambience. The orchestral music is very well arranged, carrying on the tradition of Børresen's mentor Johan Svendsen. Børresen composed three symphonies and one of the best Danish violin concertos, as well as excellent theatre and ballet music. His chamber opera Den kongelige Gæst (The Royal Guest) is one of the most frequently performed Danish operas at all, while his string sextet has once more found a place in the Danish repertoire. Hakon Børresen was a conservative, and never abandoned his fin-de-siècle cultural roots, although he survived practically all his like-minded, Romantically inclined colleagues in Danish music. As organizational chairman of the Danish composers he spent much of his time on administrative tasks, and his last years were neither particularly productive nor happy.

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Discography

Romantic Violin Sonatas
Romantic Violin Sonatas
Børresen, Glass, Henriques

CD 8.226005 (2006)

Two full-blooded sonatas from the turn of the last century by Hakon Børresen and Louis Glass

The Royal Guest
The Royal Guest
Hakon Børresen

CD 8.226020 (2005)

A wonderful fable of love – and one of the most successful Danish operas ever

King Frederik IX conducts The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
King Frederik IX conducts The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

CD 8.224158-59 (2000)

Musikalske kronjuveler: Kongen af Danmark dirigerer Beethoven, Wagner og Gade!

Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Hakon Børresen

CD 8.224105 (1999)

Børresen’s ballet about the astronomer Tycho Brahe is a sparkling Late Romantic star

Cello Miniatures
Cello Miniatures
Børresen, Emborg, Heise, Fabricius, L.Glass, L. Nielsen

CD 8.224092 (1998)

Stylish, elegant music by Danish composers from around 1900

Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Hakon Børresen

CD 8.224061 (1997)

Hakon Børresen’s magnificent portrait of the sea, Symphony no. 2, and his last major work, Symphony no. 3

Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto
Hakon Børresen

CD 8.224059 (1997)

The High Romantic Violin Concerto and the debut Symphony no. 1 in the Nordic style

Romantic Danish Songs
Romantic Danish Songs

DCCD 9114 (1993)


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