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Henrik Vagn Christensen  

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Henrik Vagn Christensen is a versatile conductor with a repertoire spanning a wide range of arts and genres: symphonies, contemporary music, opera, operetta and musicals and ballet. Vagn Christensen is considered the leading ballet conductor of his generation and was associated with the Royal Danish Theatre in 1996-2012 and from 2013 with the New York City Ballet. Henrik Vagn Christensen also conducted at the Finnish National Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Norwegian Opera, the State Theatre in Pretoria, South Africa, and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. His close cooperation with the Danish radio orchestras has brought him many engagements from concerts and ballet to film and TV recordings. The Danish regional orchestras have been the point of departure for his symphonic repertoire, and over the years Henrik Vagn Christensen has played innumerable concerts with all of these as well as making CD recordings and educational productions for children and the young. Henrik Vagn Christensen trained at the music academies in Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen under the conductors Jorma Panula, Frans Rasmussen and Tamás Vetö.

Live Dates

12/05/2015   Petri meets Koppel
Anders Koppel og Michala Petri har kendt hinanden siden barndommen, men først nu er de to fælles om en CD-indspilning - bundet sammen af Anders' søn Benjamin.
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07/10/2014   New video: Marianna Bednarska plays Anders Koppel
Composer Anders Koppel and his young Polish soloist Marianna Bednarska tell the unusual story of how they found each other on the Internet!
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07/10/2014   From Valby via YouTube and Facebook to Warszawa
Anders Koppel’s unconventional way of finding a young soloist for a new CD recording
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12/06/2014   Frandsen's Requiem - photos from the concert
Se billederne fra uropførelsen af John Frandsens Requiem i Koncerthuset i 2013, som blev efterfulgt af vores CD-indspilning.
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04/11/2015   American Record Guide

Double Triple Koppel
"The Concerto for Mezzo Saxophone, Cello, and Harp has some very stunning moments. The cello tends to recede into the background, but the harp makes the orchestral fabric very interesting. The quiet part of the first movement’s coda is utterly captivating; the sax mostly takes the jazzy lead and the orchestra adds deftly scored sighs, but it’s that harp, that harp! Indescribable! I could live without the final flourishes, but this movement on its own would make a fine showpiece."
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27/10/2015   Fanfare

Double Triple Koppel
"This is music of remarkable creativity and power, a welcome respite from all the slick, historically informed, and bloodless performances/recordings of the older classics that seem to be produced by the truckload nowadays. Highly recommended."
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16/10/2015   Fanfare - THE WANT LIST 2015

Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The unique sonorities that this composer conjures, along with his true understanding of the implications of the genre—that is, a constant flux between competition and coexistence—make for consistently enjoyable listening experiences."
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16/10/2015   Fanfare

Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The Concerto form brings out the best in the Danish composer Anders Koppel, and his four (!) marimba concertos are particularly enticing. A brilliantly played, stunningly recorded disc of orchestral music by Marius Constant reminds us of this neglected composer who, like Koppel, kept an open mind"
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01/10/2015   Gramophone

ANDERS KOPPEL: Double Triple Koppel
"Few present-day composers can rival Anders Koppel"
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01/09/2015   WholeNote

ANDERS KOPPEL: Double Triple Koppel
"The way Koppel combines instruments is truly unusual and extremely well handled. Even after repeated listening I am surprised to realize which instruments are creating the sounds and how well he blurs the lines between even such disparate voices as the recorder and the saxophone. Well worth investigating for yourself."
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15/07/2015   MusicWeb International

Double Triple Koppel
"…fantastic combination of Michala Petri’s delicate recorder and Benjamin Koppel’s fruit and smoke jazz-coloured saxophone. This addition to a growing discography is superbly recorded and presented, and is another of those accessible and rewarding programmes of new music which should encourage more of us to cast our nets ever wider."
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14/07/2015   Pizzicato

Double Triple Koppel
"Der dänische Komponist Anders Koppel steht mit dem Konzert für Blockflöte, Saxophon & Orchester sowie dem Konzert für Saxophon, Cello, Harfe & Orchester (Doppel-und Tripelkonzert) auf dem Programm einer CD von Dacapo. Die meist verspielt-virtuose Musik wird von Koppels Sohn Benjamin auf dem Saxophon gespielt, von der wie immer herausragenden Michala Petri auf der Blockflöte, von Eugene Hye-Knudsen auf dem Cello und von Tine Rehling auf der Harfe. Das Odense Symphony Orchestra musiziert unter der Leitung von Henrik Vagn Christensen."
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23/06/2015   Kristeligt Dagblad

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"Anders Koppel har med sine fire marimbakoncerter spillet en afgørende rolle for udviklingen af et koncert repertoire for det specielle instrument marimbaen."
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21/05/2015   Fanfare Magazine

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"This is a fabulous disc, one which I plan to return to over and over again."
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23/03/2015   International Record Review

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"A winner of a disc, then, especially recommended to those who are not immediately engaged by the idea of four marimba concertos nose to toe – give it a bash and I’m sure you’ll be won over."
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01/03/2015   Deutschlandfunk

Faszination Marimba
"Nach diesem famosen CD-Debüt mit sämtlichen Marimbakonzerten von Anders Koppel, hochvirtuos und dabei gleichzeitig hoch musikalisch interpretiert von Marianna Bednarska, sollte man sich ihren Namen merken."
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09/02/2015   Muzyka

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"Marianne har en fantastisk teknik, men hun har også noget mere – en musikalitet, som gør det muligt for hende at nuancere anslaget."
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30/01/2015   BBC Music Magazine

John Frandsen: Requiem
4/5 Stars

"Frandsen’s substantial score (...) is by turns lavish and somber, electrifying and meditative. A worthy and affective tribute to those lives lost."
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26/01/2015   WTJU

Anders Koppel: Marimbakoncerter
"Koppel’s four marimba concertos sound fresh, exciting, and accessible."
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14/01/2015   The New York Times

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The piece, dramatic, exuberant and colorful, became an instant hit with marimbists [...] Three more concertos for the instrument followed over the years, reflecting a kaleidoscope of stylistic influences but also Mr. Koppel’s very distinct, melodically generous, language."
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12/01/2015   Gramophone

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"The young Marianna Bednarska plays all four works [...] with élan and is expertly supported by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Dacapo’s sound is superb. Listening to this disc is a hugely enjoyable way to spend 79 minutes."
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19/12/2014   MusicWeb International

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"Henrik Vagn Christensen directs with assurance, making clear that the orchestra is a protagonist in the dramas, as well as the Marimba which itself is in the safest of hands in these performances."
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03/12/2014   Fyns Amts Avis

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Skæg musik, spillet med begejstret entusiasme af den unge supermusikalske polak - smukt ledsaget af Aalborg Symfoniorkester."
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29/11/2014   The Classical Reviewer

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"Both Marianna Bednarska (marimba) and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen deserve the upmost praise for these fine performances. They receive an excellent recording from Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark and there are detailed booklet notes."
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16/11/2014   JC Klassisk

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
"Selv ned i et pianissimo får hun en dejligt klingende tone frem fyldt med sprødt liv og intensitet."
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16/11/2014   WRUV Reviews

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
“Interesting, fun, contemporary works for marimba and symphony orchestra. Play!”
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03/11/2014   Gramophone

John Frandsen: Requiem
"John Frandsen has achieved a modern milestone"
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23/10/2014   Flensborg Avis

Anders Koppel: Marimba Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Kæmperos til den unge polak."
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06/10/2014   Seismograf

Det umuliges kunst
"Lige som kirken er koncertsalen et rum, hvor det store, det eksistentielle og det ufattelige kan rummes, og hvor der er plads til andagtsstemning, og det mærker man også et aftryk af på en indspilning som denne, særligt når musikken har en kvalitet og historisk rodfæstethed som hos Frandsen."
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09/09/2014   Pizzicato

John Frandsen: Requiem
4/5 Stars

"Die Surround-Tonaufnahme ist sehr räumlich und natürlich."
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29/08/2014   Klassisk

Bevægende dansk dødsmesse
5/6 Stars

”John Frandsens musik folder sig ud bredt og farverigt, og den trækker på både de store traditioner og på modernismen i en righoldig blanding, som virker personlig og overbevisende."
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12/07/2014   Fyens Stiftstidende

Mennesket, døden og troen
4/6 Stars

"Der er øjeblikke af voldsom kraft, men også salige himmeltoner, i et modernistisk, ofte minimalistisk tonesprog, som forbinder de velkendte og universelle tekster med en nærværende nutid."
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07/07/2014   Gregers DH

TIL OFRENE PÅ ØEN
4/6 Stars

"Spændinger, modsætninger og voldsom afveksling og vitalitet er sandelig også kvaliteter ved denne dødsmesse, dynamiske skred afvekslende med lyrisk intensitet og en brug af teksterne, der håndfast klarlægger deres indhold."
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01/07/2013   Classicalcdreview.com

Andy Pape: An Amerikaner in Danmark
"…these are major showpieces for the soloists, brilliantly performed here. Throughout all this music it is obvious that Pape has a sense of humor. The Odense orchestra and conductor Henrik Vagn Christensen play very well, and audio is state-of-the-art, vividly capturing percussive effects."
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14/06/2013   Fyens Stiftstidende

Andy Pape: An Amerikaner in Danmark
4/6 Stars

"Der er noget befriende "mig selv" over Andy Papes kompositioner."
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Discography

Double Triple Koppel
Double Triple Koppel
Anders Koppel

SACD 6.220633 (2015)

Marimba Concertos
Marimba Concertos
Anders Koppel

SACD 6.220595 (2014)

Effervescent, jazzy music for marimba and symphony orchestra, played with trem¬en¬dous talent by 19-year-old Marianna Bednarska

Requiem
Requiem
John Frandsen

SACD 6.220649-50 (2014)

A moving sacred work for the present: John Frandsen’s magnificent Requiem embraces all expressions in a prayer for humanity

An Amerikaner in Danmark
An Amerikaner in Danmark
Andy Pape

SACD 6.220567 (2013)

A self-ironic tribute to Gershwin from the Californian Andy Pape, who after 40 years in Denmark stands with a foot in each of two continents

Skrammel & Tis - Klassiske musikfortællinger for børn
Skrammel & Tis - Klassiske musikfortællinger for børn
Rasmussen, A. Koppel, Pape

CD 8.224722 (2011)

To eventyrlige musikfortællinger og en skrammelkoncert - orkestermusik for børn på en ny måde

Romantic Trombone Concertos
Romantic Trombone Concertos

SACD 6.220526 (2006)

One of the world’s best trombonists shines in works by among others Holmboe and Launy Grøndahl

Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Lars Hegaard

CD 8.226501 (2004)

Chamber music portrait of the prizewinning composer

... to arrive where we started ...
... to arrive where we started ...

CD 8.224143 (2000)

Ny dansk musik fra 1990’erne med avantgarde-ensemblet Figura

Into the Black
Into the Black
Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen

CD 8.224079 (1997)

There are mysteries and strange sensations in Sven Hvidtfelt Nielsen’s music


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