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Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann   (1805 - 1900)

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J.P.E. Hartmann was a quite central figure in the Danish music of the nineteenth century. He composed in all genres, and his music spans three cultural epochs. In addition he held the most important posts in the Danish musical world: organist at Copenhagen Cathedral, court composer to five generations of the Danish Royal Family, co-founder of Musikforeningen (Copenhagen's leading concert centre), director of the Royal Danish Academy of Music and chairman of the student choral association Studentersangforeningen.

J.P.E. Hartmann's grandfather was the German-born composer J.E. Hartmann. Now in its third generation, the dynasty was solidly established among the Copenhagen bourgeoisie, and despite J.P.E. Hartmann's great interest in music, it was a natural step for him to study law to consolidate his status with a position in the civil service. He kept this administrative post until retirement age.

J.P.E. Hartmann's earliest works still have links with Vienna Classicism, while his last works from the turn of the century have features from the dawn of Modernism! In between these came Danish National Romanticism, of which Hartmann became the leading representative. With a special "Nordic" sound, distinctive and with folk music elements, he achieved striking results in works with Norse subjects: the choral work Vølvens Spådom (based on the Old Norse Völuspá); the opera Liden Kirsten, the overtures to National-Romantic plays, and the ballets Thrymskviden (The Agony of Thrym) and Valkyrien.

J.P.E. Hartmann was to become a national monument in his lifetime. His nationally oriented works have, until our own day, overshadowed his considerable symphonies and sonatas. Hartmann also composed organ works, songs and cantatas.

Live Dates

16/02/2014   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
5/6 Stars

"Nænsomme, fine og forførende udgaver.", "Weyse, Gade og Nielsen smiler med i graven".
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13/02/2014   Politiken

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
4/6 Stars

"En nærmest ufattelig perfektion præger hele CD'en."
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15/01/1996   Fanfare

J.P.E. Hartmann: Works for Violin and Piano
"Recommended"
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15/01/1996   Répertoire

J.P.E. Hartmann: Works for Violin and Piano
"La plupart des uvres parues en CD de Hartmann l'ont été par le label dacapo qui accomplit ici un patient travail de réhabilition, suivi, espérons-le, par d'autres productions."
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15/01/1994   American Record Guide

Gade, Hartmann, Langgaard, Henriques, Lange-Müller: Klavertrioer fra den danske guldalder
"Tre Musici display remarkable ensemble playing in the way they dovetail one another in expression."
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15/01/1994   Fono Forum

Gade, Hartmann, Langgaard, Henriques, Lange-Müller: Danish Golden Age Piano Trios
"Tre Musici gehen konzentriert und sensible zu Werke."
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Discography

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
Various

SACD 6.220568 (2014)

The Key Masterpieces
The Key Masterpieces
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.226103-04 (2009)

A portrait of the key figure of Danish National Romanticism, who embraced all genres

Vølvens spådom
Vølvens spådom
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.226061 (2007)

Old Norse visions and National-Romantic overtures about the heroes of the Viking Age

Music inspired by Hans Christian Andersen
Music inspired by Hans Christian Andersen

CD 8.226047 (2005)

Inspired fairytale music for orchestra by among others August Enna, Louis Glass and Finn Høffding

Works for organ
Works for organ
J.P.E. Hartmann & Niels W. Gade

CD 8.226026 (2005)

The most important organ works of the two main musical figures of the Danish Golden Age

Der er et yndigt land
Der er et yndigt land

CD 8.224141 (2000)

Danmark i lommeformat – de største klassiske hits og skønneste melodier

Piano Music
Piano Music
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.224162 (2000)

Romantiske karakterstykker til vers af H.C. Andersen viser Hartmanns poetiske format

Det bedste fra Den danske Guldalder
Det bedste fra Den danske Guldalder

CD 8.224145-47 (1999)

3-cd boks med 40 stykker musik fra midten af 1800-tallet, en gylden æra i dansk kultur

Liden Kirsten
Liden Kirsten
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.224106-07 (1999)

The beloved ballad opera with a libretto by Hans Christian Andersen. Denmark in a nutshell!

Ouvertures
Ouvertures
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.224097 (1998)

Danish High Romanticism when it is best and most itself – not least in the national treasure The Golden Horns

Symphonies 1-2
Symphonies 1-2
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.224042 (1996)

Piano Sonatas
Piano Sonatas
J.P.E. Hartmann

DCCD 9112 (1996)

Works for Violin and Piano
Works for Violin and Piano
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.224021-22 (1995)

All of Hartmann’s works for violin, reflecting his amazing career throughout the 19th century

The Best of Danish Golden Age Music
The Best of Danish Golden Age Music

CD 8.224020 (1994)

Danish Golden Age Piano Trios
Danish Golden Age Piano Trios
Gade, Hartmann, Langgaard, Henriques, Lange-Müller

DCCD 9310 (1993)


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