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John Storgårds  

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Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic as well as Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, John Storgårds is also Artistic Director of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, and he was Chief Conductor of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008-2015. Maintaining a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso, John Storgårds is widely recognised for his creative flair for programming traditional, rare and contemporary music in his performances. As a guest conductor he appears with orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Further afield he appears with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and major North American orchestras in Cincinnati, St. Louis, Washington DC, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Cleveland and New York. He has won particular acclaim for his interpretations of works by Sibelius and Nielsen, and his repertoire also includes all the symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann. His commitment to discovering new or unknown repertoire has resulted in many world premiere performances of music by Brett Dean, Kaija Saariaho, Per Nørgård, Korngold, and even Sibelius, amongst many others. He is an active chamber musician at festivals, not least at the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra’s annual Summer Sounds, and appears frequently as a solo violinist with international orchestras. John Storgårds has recorded numerous CDs. For Dacapo he has released, among others, Vagn Holmboe’s chamber symphonies and chamber music by Sunleif Rasmussen, both with Lapland Chamber Orchestra. His vast discography showcases his repertoire interests with numerous award-winning recordings with many different orchestras, not least the Helsinki Philharmonic. His recording of Kalevi Aho’s concertos for theremin and for horn received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2015. A recording of Peteris Vasks’s Second Symphony and Violin Concerto, featuring him as soloist, received the Cannes Classical Disc of the Year Award in 2004 and his Rautavaara disc with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra won a Gramophone Award in 2012. John Storgårds studied violin, composition, and conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and violin even with Chaim Taub in Israel. He received the Finnish State Prize for Music in 2002.

johnstorgards.com

Live Dates

03/01/2017   'Sørensen is a modernist who speaks of the here-and-now'
On the album Mignon Bent Sørensen proves himself as a very much modern voice, embracing both the here-and-now and a lurking nostalgia. Andrew Mellor provides the liner notes for the new release.
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03/07/2016   Nørgård symphonies in Classical Specialist Chart
Vores to nye CD'er med symfonier af Per Nørgård ligger for anden uge i træk på Englands liste over bedst sælgende klassiske albums
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12/05/2016   Praise for Nørgård
Gramophone Editor's Choice and four stars in the Guardian for our new Nørgård albums with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds!
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05/02/2016   Per Nørgård awarded Germany's leading music prize
Danish composer Per Nørgård has been awarded the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of his lifelong contribution to music. Dacapo Records will release the composer's symphonies 2, 4, 5 and 6 with the Oslo Philharmonic and John Storgårds.
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05/09/2013   Lapland Chamber Orchestra present new CD on Dacapo
Lapland Chamber Orchestra and John Storgårds present a new CD with music by the Faorese composer Sunleif Rasmussen
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03/02/2017   Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company

BENT SØRENSEN: Mignon
"What is heard is some exceptionally wonderful music"
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01/02/2017   Klassisk

BENT SØRENSEN: Mignon
5/6 Stars

"Welcome to the dreamworld of Bent Sørensen"
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01/02/2017   Rondo Classic

BENT SØRENSEN: Mignon
"Powerfully empathetic playing by Lapland Chamber Orchestra"
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10/01/2017   Fyns Amts Avis

BENT SØRENSEN: Mignon
4/6 Stars

"A composer of his time, and also a wholehearted neo-romantic. That is Bent Sørensen."
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06/01/2017   Limelight

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 2 & 6, 4 & 5
4/5 Stars

'The Oslo Philharmonic gives committed, accomplished performances of these difficult works, and are recorded with clarity and atmosphere'
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01/01/2017   Gramophone

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Symphony No. 2 'The Earth Anew'
"New music of a very, very high quality in a thrilling performance – and we have Storgårds to thank for both"
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19/12/2016   Statens Kunstfond

BENT SØRENSEN: Mignon
'This music is extremely romantic – almost like music by a reborn Robert Schumann – but also unmistakably Sørensenesque. Pure beauty.' (Danish Arts Foundation)
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18/12/2016   Politiken

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 2 & 6
6/6 Hjerter

BEST ALBUMS OF 2016
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01/12/2016   Classica

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Symphony No. 2 The Earth Anew
3/4 Stars

"Conductor John Storgårds, a zealous herald of contemporary North-European music, knows how to captivate the Helsinki Philharmonic and the choirs, bringing them to a rare degree of accomplishment."
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30/11/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Symphony No. 2 The Eart Anew
4/6 Stars

"Monumental in ambition and structure, this work is for all the curious music lovers, who are not afraid to explore uncharted symphonic waters."
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31/10/2016   Diapason

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 2 & 6
5/5 Stars

"Mais Nørgard invente aussi une euphorie lumineuse des timbres et des rythmes..."
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20/10/2016   Politiken

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Symphony No. 2 The Earth Anew
4/6 Hjerter

"A dark giant opus, in which the orchestra creaks and cracks like tectonic plates moving, while the music trickles like water and deep notes make their way into underwater caves"
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30/09/2016   David’s Review Corner

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN Symfoni nr. 2 The Earth Anew
"Another major success"
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26/09/2016   Seismograf

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Symphony No. 2 The Earth Anew
"Rasmussen is a master of the many timbral possibilities of the orchestra; he is also well-schooled in the symphonic tradition of the 20th century, and in many places he manages to continue this tradition very well"
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13/09/2016   Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
"I am glad to have this recording and do not hesitate to recommend it highly."
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06/09/2016   Fidelity

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
"Jeder Klang hier ist ungewöhnlich, die Generalpausen vibrieren vor Spannung."
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04/09/2016   Nordische Musik

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 4 & 5
6/6 Stars

"All seine Sinfonien sind einzigartige, konzentrierte Meisterwerke (...) – Große Worte, doch Storgårds aktuelle Einspielungen mit dem Oslo Philharmonic bieten die Möglichkeit, dies ohne Probleme auf Wahrheitsgehalt zu überprüfen."
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01/09/2016   Fono Forum

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 2, 4, 5 & 6
5/5 Stars

"Nicht umsonst ist Nørgård in diesem Jahr für sein Schaffen mit dem Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis ausgezeichnet worden."
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29/08/2016   BBC Music Magazine

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 2 & 6
5/5 Stars

" it isn't just the clarity, it's the expressiveness of it all that impresses again and again."
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29/08/2016   Fidelity

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
"Der Däne ist ein Orchester-Avantgardist von irrwitziger Expressivität."
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24/08/2016   ConcertoNet

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
3/4 Stars

"[..] these are handsome additions to the Nørgård discography [..]"
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24/08/2016   ConcertoNet

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
3/4 Stars

"[..], these are handsome additions to the Nørgård discography [..], fascinating creations."
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23/08/2016   MusicWeb International

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
"[..], Nørgård proving himself an alchemist and master of colour."
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23/08/2016   MusicWeb International

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
"In vivid, well recorded sound, orchestral detail is sharp and defined."
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01/08/2016   Classical Source

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
4/5 Stars

[..] "Dacapo’s disc is enhanced by SACD sound which opens out this music’s luminous intricacy as rarely before." [..]
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01/08/2016   Classical Source

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
4/5 Stars

"Those who have been acquiring this Dacapo cycle can invest with confidence"
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19/07/2016   AllMusic.com

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
[..] "the orchestra conveys the excitement of playing well at the limit of its abilities, and Storgårds catches many small details." [..]
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15/07/2016   Augsburger Allgemeine

Stimme aus dem Norden
4/5 Stars

"Musik voller Kraft und Individualität - ohne jeder groben Attacke zu bedürfen."
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04/07/2016   MusicWeb Inernational

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
[..] "The superb recording makes the most of Nørgård’s iridescent colours and transparent textures - both the CD and Super Audio layers sound magnificent - and Storgårds proves himself a steady guide. But it’s Nørgård’s knack of blending accessibility with substance that’s impressed me most. John Storgårds makes a strong case for these symphonies; the recording is among Dacapo’s best."
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01/07/2016   Tanz & Theater

Zyklus vollendet
"Das Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra spielt schlicht göttlich gut und die Raum akustik der SACDs ist dazu passend: einfach himmlisch."
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01/07/2016   Music Web International

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
[..] "Another triumph for John Storgårds and the Oslo Phil; spectacular sound, too."
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29/06/2016   Music Web

Symphony No. 4 (1981) [19:38] Symphony No. 5 (1987-1990, rev. 1991) [36:14]
"John Storgårds makes a strong case for these symphonies; the recording is among Dacapo’s best."
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22/06/2016   Gramophone

PER NØRGÅRD: Symfonier 2 & 6
EDITOR'S CHOICE 'These are magnificent performances'
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22/06/2016   Gramophone

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 4 & 5
EDITOR'S CHOICE 'These are magnificent performances'
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21/06/2016   Nordische Musik

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
6/6 Stars

"Es ist alles andere als einfach, komplexes Nørgårds Schaffen in wenigen Worten zu umreißen. Treffend sagt der Komponist selbst (über seine Achte): »Es ist eine Musik, bei der man sich an nichts festhalten kann. Man findet es auf dem Weg.«"
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16/06/2016   The Guardian

PER NØRGÅRD: Symfonier 4 & 5
4/5 Stars

[..] "these four symphonies are utterly different from each other. [..] But of these four works, the Sixth Symphony (1999) is for me the most extraordinary. …this music constantly opens up new territory, spawning luminous fresh ideas right up to the closing bars. It creates an exhilarating, sometimes revelatory musical journey, but then what all these symphonies offer is unlike anything any other composer is writing today."
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16/06/2016   The Guardian

PER NØRGÅRD: Symfonier 2 & 6
4/5 Stars

[..] "these four symphonies are utterly different from each other. [..] But of these four works, the Sixth Symphony (1999) is for me the most extraordinary. [..] this music constantly opens up new territory, spawning luminous fresh ideas right up to the closing bars. It creates an exhilarating, sometimes revelatory musical journey, but then what all these symphonies offer is unlike anything any other composer is writing today."
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08/06/2016   SWR2

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
"Die Einspielung nimmt ein für diesen Unbekannten, der, mit mehreren Grammys ausgezeichnet, in Skandinavien einer der Bekannten und ganz Großen ist."
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04/06/2016   BBC 3

Per Nørgård: Symfonier 2 & 6, 4 & 5
”Hugely irregular waves, intense irregular pulses as if they come from an unpredictable geyser or a bubbling sea of lava […] Nørgård dares go to the edge of the volcano with the awareness that he can face it. [...] The performance from Oslo Philharmonic and John Storgårds is absolutely gripping [...] the recording is a stunner, too, with tremendous impact and immediacy.”
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24/05/2016   Der Neue Merker

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
"Jede meiner Sinfonien ist ein Kontinent für sich" meinte der dänische Komponist Per Nørgård (geb. 1932). Seine Musik entspringt einem unstillbaren Drang, die Phänomene dieser Welt und die musikalischen Möglichkeiten zu erkunden. Seine acht Sinfonien markieren wie Meilensteine seinen Werdegang durch sechs Jahrzehnte. Diese Aufnahme mit der Osloer Philharmonie unter John Storgårds präsentiert Per Nørgårds Zweite Symphonie, in der der Komponist seine berühmtes “ Unendlichkeitsprinzip“ euphorisch, ja fast psychedelisch zur Geltung bringt und seine Sechste Symphonie, in der sich der gereifte.
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20/05/2016   Fyens Stiftstidende

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
5/6 Stars

"[..] en stor lytte-oplevelse."
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20/05/2016   Fyens Stiftstidende

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
6/6 Stars

"Sikke et spil dette fremragende orkester her yder på denne indspilning."
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18/05/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
4/6 Stars

"[..] noget at gå på opdagelse i,[..]"
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09/05/2016   Politiken

Han har erobret kontinenter
6/6 Hjerter

"På vej mod de 84 står Per Nørgård badet i hæder og international anerkendelse. Komponistens symfonier er på niveau med forbilledet Sibelius' og vil med garanti blive spillet om 100 år."
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05/05/2016   David's Review Corner

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
[..]"All four works require an orchestra of outstanding quality which it finds in Oslo,"[..]"The sound quality is of exceptional clarity and spaciousness."
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05/05/2016   David's Review Corner

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
[..]"All four works require an orchestra of outstanding quality which it finds in Oslo,"[..], [..]"The sound quality is of exceptional clarity and spaciousness."
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02/05/2016   jcKlassisk

Til Per Nørgårds store fest
"Der er - ”når alt kommer til alt” - tale om et par fremragende cd’er både i den musikalske udfoldelse, som er imponerende og medrivende, og i den prægtige tekniske gengivelse. Der er så meget at gå på opdagelse i."
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02/05/2016   Klassisk

Nørgårds Symfoniske Verden Åbnet Op Igen
5/6 Stars

"På trods af, at symfonien er en tilstand, der er sig selv fra start til slut, lykkedes det rigtig smukt for Storgårds og de norske musikere at løfte nogle individuelle linjer op over tilstanden som insisterende udbrud og ren poesi."
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13/04/2016   Dagbladet

Samme hvor en snur seg i det nordiske landskapet, så ruver komponisten Per Nørgård
"Han meisler ut den musikalske formen og får den til å bære. En tendens er at kontrastene i hver av satsene og mellom dem har blitt mer markante. Men ellers er det ikke så mye felles ved dem, annet enn dette ene: de låter, alle som en, usvikelig som symfonier av Per Nørgård."
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11/04/2016   Vårt Land

Den kronisk nysgjerrige Per Nørgård
"Vi snakker om «magiske» krefter, det vil si Nørgård gjør det – musikk, ikke som en forvirrende­ mengde tilfeldigheter, kaos og uryddighet, men som bevisst sanseåpner. Oslo­­-filharmonikerne står for Nørgårds blå intensitet, dyrking av klanger lag på lag, tydelig i kantene, det vi sitter fremst på stolen for å hente inn i oss."
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12/03/2014   International Record Review

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Motion/Emotion - Chamber Music
"Magnificently unpredictable work, full of colour, energy and atmosphere."
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27/02/2014   Audiophile Audition

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Motion/Emotion - Chamber Music
3/5 Stars

"intriguing to listen."
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25/02/2014   Classica

Sunleif Rasmussen: Motion/Emotion - Kammermusik
3/4 Stars

"Les membres de l'Orchestre de chambre de Laponie, excellement motivés par John Storgårds (...) méneront sans heurt Tauditeur à dépasser frontières et habitudes."
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17/01/2014   Gramophone

Sunleif Rasmussen: Motion/Emotion
"Superb performances throughout from Lapland Chamber Orchestra players, with Dacapo’s standard excellent sound."
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18/10/2013   Jyllands-Posten

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Motion/Emotion - Chamber Music
4/6 Stars

"Sunleif Rasmussen er allerede så betagende en turbine af naturskildringer, at det virker ekstra stærkt, når folkemelodierne dukker op i hans fintmaskede tonenet."
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21/06/2013   MusicWeb International

Vagn Holmboe
"Danish label Dacapo's ongoing Holmboe-fest, a truly fantastic series that stretches back many years and which has yielded more than a dozen albums. This review considers the latest half a dozen."
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30/01/2013   Fanfare

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
"John Storgårds and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra deserve special thanks for bringing these three remarkable chamber symphonies to the catalog in performances of such insight and technical perfection."
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01/12/2012   Finnish Music Quarterly

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
"The Lapland Chamber Orchestra led by John Storgards once again shows that it is an unbeatably sensitive interpreter of new music."
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01/11/2012   Pizzicato

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
4/4 Stars

"Stimmungsvoll und mitunter ganz poetisch."
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02/10/2012   The Whole Note

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
"A very enjoyable world premiere recording!"
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02/10/2012   NPR (National Public Radio, USA)

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
"Without a wasted note, this is rigorously compact, sinewy music that grows on you with each listening."
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01/10/2012   Classica

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
3/4 Stars

"musiques jouées présentement avec perspicacité et ardeur, précision et admiration."
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01/10/2012   Gramophone

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
”Excellent performances, superb sound: you will not hear a finer disc this year.”
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01/09/2012   Klassisk

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
4/6 Stars

"Holmboes Kammersymfonier er små mesterværker, der rummer hele følelsesspektret: fra rasende kaos over øm tristesse til sublim skønhed."
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29/08/2012   The Dallas Morning News

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
"The stalwart performances show this unfamiliar music in an excellent light."
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26/08/2012   San Francisco Chronicle

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
"Enough to make a convert out of any listener."
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01/08/2012   Classical Music Sentinel

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
"This recording further enhances Dacapo's stance as one of Denmark's preeminent classical music labels."
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20/07/2012   WQXR.org (New York)

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
Q2 Music 'Album of the Week', July 23, 2012. "The music of Danish composer Vagn Holmboe hums with the sounds and metamorphoses of the natural world."
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01/07/2012   ClassicsToday.com

Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
"John Storgards and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra play with an attention to detail, precision of ensemble, and clarity of texture that can only be called perfect."
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15/08/2009   Audiophile Audition

Romantic Violin Concertos
5 Stars

"All three concertos are beautifully executed by Christina Åstrand who shows off the upper register of her instrument with a lovely purity of both tone and intonation."
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Photo: Marco Borggreve

Discography

Mignon
Mignon
Bent Sørensen

CD 8.226134 (2016)

Symphony No. 2 The Earth Anew
Symphony No. 2 The Earth Anew
Sunleif Rasmussen

CD 8.226175 (2016)

Symphonies 2 & 6
Symphonies 2 & 6
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220645 (2016)

Symphonies 4 & 5
Symphonies 4 & 5
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220646 (2016)

Motion/Emotion - Chamber Music
Motion/Emotion - Chamber Music
Sunleif Rasmussen

SACD 6.220643 (2013)

Chamber Symphonies
Chamber Symphonies
Vagn Holmboe

SACD 6.220621 (2012)

A master composer in concentrated format. Holmboe’s razor-sharp chamber symphonies encapsulate the essence of his art.

Romantic Violin Concertos
Romantic Violin Concertos
N.W. Gade, Lange-Müller, Langgaard

SACD 6.220562 (2009)

Languishingly beautiful music played with soul and brilliance by Christina Åstrand

Double Concertos
Double Concertos
Anders Koppel

CD 8.226055 (2008)

Dancing, imaginative music with major roles for saxophone, piano, violin and accordion

String against string
String against string
Sunleif Rasmussen

CD 8.226044 (2007)

The prizewinning Violin Concerto no. 1 and two string quartets by the leading composer of the Faroe


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