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Hans Abrahamsen   (Born 1952)

composer

As a pupil of Per Nørgård and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Hans Abrahamsen has continued to develop the "New Simplicity" with which his teachers worked in the 1960s. With Abrahamsen this has led to a small but concentrated output of very original works. His music exhibits imagination, moving lyricism and spirituality.

Hans Abrahamsen has almost exclusively composed instrumental music, and among his orchestral works Nacht und Trompeten has achieved international success. Abrahamsen started by playing the French horn, but at a very young age he showed a remarkable talent for composition.

Live Dates

21/05/2014   Gramophone

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
“Everything here is engaging and exciting”
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06/05/2014   Gramophone

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
“Alpha’s playing is as secure in soloistic as in ensemble terms”
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12/01/2014   The Classical reviewer

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
"Lovingly crafted arrangements and performances ... brilliantly played ... intoxicating and enchanting"
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22/12/2013   Jyllands-Posten

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
5/6 Stars

"Med håndbremsen sluppet lykkes det til fulde Alpha at forføre ørerne med en eminent opvisning i vedkommende samtidsmusik."
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01/08/2013   Gramophone

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
"A warm recommendation."
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03/06/2013   Ensemble Magazin (Tysk tidsskrift for kammermusik)

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
5/5 Stars

"Wer sich auch nur halbwegs für Gegenwartsmusik aus Dänemark interessiert, muss hier einfach zugreifen."
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02/05/2013   Klassisk

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
5/6 Stars

"Denne cd's 50 bevægende minutter understreger, hvorfor Danmark i stigende grad misundes i ny musik-verdenen."
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08/04/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
5/6 Stars

"Med smuk, forførende naturlighed misser Trio con Brio ingen pointer i de tre drømmende klavertrioer."
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03/11/2005   Politiken

L'Homme Armé - Works for Solo Cello
5/6 Hjerter

"Her modelleres og modificeres meningsfuldt og sammenhængsskabende, ofte med et skarpt blik for det dramatiske potentiale. Og så er der i øvrigt tale om rigtig smukt cellospil med stort teknisk overskud”
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13/01/2005   Politiken

Hans Abrahamsen: Orchestral Works
6/6 Stars

”Få danske komponister fortjener mere end Hans Abrahamsen en orkester-cd, men hans lige så sparsomme som udsøgte produktion gør det svært at fylde den ud. Det er her smukt løst ved at supplere med de raffineret personlige bearbejdelser af andres musik”
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15/09/1994   International Record Review

Blæserkvintetter
"The most immediately striking about this release is how wonderful it sounds...The playing is delightful."
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15/09/1994   American Record Review

Wind Quintets
"The Scandinavian Woodwind Quintet is a wonderful group that has one of the smoothest, best-blend sounds I have heard."
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15/09/1994   BBC Music Magazine

Wind Quintets
5 Stars


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15/07/1992   BBC Radio

Hans Abrahamsen and Poul Ruders: String Quartets
"The Kontra Quartet capture both the brusque quirkiness and the delicate pathos of these works."
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Photo: Marianne Grøndahl

Discography

Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass
Alpha

CD 8.226579 (2013)

Phantasmagoria - Danish Piano Trios
Phantasmagoria - Danish Piano Trios
Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen

CD 8.226108 (2013)

Three masterworks by Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen and Bent Sørensen. Profound, sensual music with Nordic cool

Woodworks
Woodworks
Abrahamsen, Nørholm, Kayser, Buch etc.

CD 8.226541 (2007)

Danish recorder works from the past 50 years played by an outstanding trio

L'Homme Armé - Works for Solo Cello
L'Homme Armé - Works for Solo Cello

CD 8.226007 (2005)

Monumental collection of new works for solo cello – virtuosic and powerful!

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Hans Abrahamsen

CD 8.226010 (2004)

Major works by the enigmatic master of contemporary Danish music

Works for Piano
Works for Piano
Hans Abrahamsen, Tage Nielsen, Steen Pade, Poul Ruders

CD 8.224019 (2004)

Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Hans Abrahamsen

CD 8.224155 (2001)

Three of Hans Abrahamsen’s most important works, including the wind quintet Walden

Works for Sinfonietta
Works for Sinfonietta
Hans Abrahamsen

CD 8.224080 (1997)

The London Sinfonietta plays four of Abrahamsen’s most exquisite works from the 1980s

Wind Quintets
Wind Quintets

CD 8.224001 (1994)

Carl Nielsen’s masterpiece and more recent quintets by Abrahamsen, Holmboe and Nørgård

String Quartets
String Quartets
Hans Abrahamsen and Poul Ruders

DCCD 9006 (1992)


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