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The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra is one of Sweden’s oldest, founded as early as 1912. Today it consists of 51 musicians and gives about 75 concerts a year in Helsingborg and around southern Sweden. Since 1988 the HSO has been on a number of tours abroad, visiting among other countries France, Germany, Austria, Poland, the USA and Spain with great success. In 1991 Okku Kamu took over the post as principal conductor after Hans-Peter Frank, and over the last few years the orchestra has experienced a strong growth in audiences. Over the years the HSO has made many recordings, the most recent of which, with Okku Kamu, have attracted international attention. In January 1995 the HSO’s recording of Britten’s piano concerto was named Editor’s Choice in the highly respected British periodical Gramophone - the first time for a Swedish orchestra. The recording of Franz Berwald’s symphonies was awarded a Diapason d’Or by the French music periodical Diapason, and for the CD Svenske klassiske favoritter (Swedish Classical Favourites) the orchestra has been awarded both a gold and a platinum record for more than 100,000 copies sold.

Live Dates

25/02/2011   Fanfare

Knudåge Riisager: Orchestral Works
"Riisager's orchestrations are uniformly brilliant, his lovely melodies charming or nostalgic."
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01/11/2010   OPUS

Knudåge Riisager: Orchestral Works
5/5 Stars

"Underbara bekantskaper!"
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29/09/2010   Los Angeles Times

Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies
"These are works of generous spirit, melodies spilling out, harmonies going in slightly unusual places, pleasing to the ear and spirit. They are of their time, gorgeously played and warmly recorded by the Danish label DaCapo."
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17/06/2010   Audiophile Audition

Knudåge Riisager: Orchestral Music
5/5 Stars

"One of the loveliest ballet selections I've had the pleasure to hear. And the orchestra plays with great savoir faire."
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01/06/2010   Audiophil

Asger Hamerik: Symfonierne
"Faszinierender Intensität und ergreifender Schönheit."
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09/03/2010   Classics Today

Knudåge Riisager: Orchestral Works
“This reissue gives new life to a delightful disc that anyone who loves, say, Ravel and early 20th century French ballet will find absolutely irresistible."
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01/02/2010   Gramophone

Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies
"Top-notch sound from Dacapo makes this a highly enjoyable set."
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25/11/2009   Musicweb International

Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies
"Dacapo do their usual truly outstanding job in documenting these discs..."
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15/02/2002   Berlingske Tidende

Asger Hamerik: Symphonies 5-6
"Musikken er i glimrende hænder hos Thomas Dausgaard og Helsingborg Symfoniorkester, ligesom optagelserne er af eksemplarisk kvalitet."
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15/02/2002  

Asger Hamerik: Symphonies 5-6
DANISH MUSIC AWARD 2002
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17/01/2002   Classics Today (10/10)

Asger Hamerik: Symphonies 5-6
"Most certainly deserves a place in your CD collection."
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Discography

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Knudåge Riisager

SACD 6.220584 (2010)

A sparkling SACD re-issue of Riisager's most colourful Neo-Classicist works

The Symphonies [4-SACD Box set]
The Symphonies [4-SACD Box set]
Asger Hamerik

SACD 6.200002 (2009)

Denmark’s most international 19th-century composer steps out in all his romantic orchestral glory

Concertos
Concertos
Emil Hartmann

SACD 6.220511 (2005)

Brilliant Romantic concertos for violin, cello and piano

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Fini Henriques

CD 8.224173 (2002)

The frolicsome musical wizard Fini Henriques – a phenomenon from the turn of the last century

Orkesterværker
Orkesterværker
Fini Henriques

CD 8.554977 (2002)

Symphonies 5-6
Symphonies 5-6
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.224161 (2001)

Winner of Danish Release of the Year (2002)! Two magnificent symphonies from the 1890s

Tornerose
Tornerose
Peter Heise

CD 8.554967 (2000)

The Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeping Beauty
Peter Heise

CD 8.224132 (2000)

Romantiske koncertstykker for soli, kor og orkester

Symphonies 3-4
Symphonies 3-4
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.224088 (1998)

Romantic music in the grand style. Symphonie Majestueuse (no. 4) is dedicated to King Christian IX

Symphonies 1-2
Symphonies 1-2
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.224076 (1997)

First recording of Symphonies 1 & 2 by the roving Asger Hamerik, a pupil of Berlioz pursuing a great career in the USA

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Knudåge Riisager

CD 8.224082 (1997)

Riisager’s music has the same esprit as his French models, not least in his infectious ballet music from the 1930s


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