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Karl Aage Rasmussen   (Born 1947)

composer

One of the most important figures in present-day Danish music, because he industriously spreads his talents so wide: as composer, writer, music historian, conductor, professor, administrator and nor least organizer of festivals and concerts. Karl Aage Rasmussen's teachers included Per Nørgård and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.

Karl Aage Rasmussen's works are virtuosic in execution, as are his analytical and historical writings about music. Rasmussen first made an impact with works he called music about music, where music by composers as different as Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Berio were recomposed with provocative, conflictful results. In his later works Rasmussen turns the focus on the listener's experience of time. Worth slinging out among Karl Aage Rasmussen's works are A symphony in Time, Movements on a Moving Line for chamber orchestra, and the music drama Titanic.

Karl Aage Rasmussen's music has been perfomed in more than 30 countries. In 1991 he received the Carl Nielsen-Prize and in 1997 the Wilhelm Hansen Composer Prize.

Live Dates

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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15/04/1990   Gramophone

Karl Aage Rasmussen and Bent Sørensen: String Quartets
"A worthwhile addition to the Arditti's ongoing survey of twentieth century quartets"
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Photo: Marianne Grøndahl

Discography

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

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!

Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope
The Jalina Trio

CD 8.226503 (2005)

Brilliant, intense piano trios from the second half of the 20th century

The Ballad of Game and Dream
The Ballad of Game and Dream
Karl Aage Rasmussen

CD 8.224203-04 (2001)

Karl Aage Rasmussen conducts his own ensemble The Elsinore Players in works from the 1970s and the 1980s

Three Friends
Three Friends
Karl Aage Rasmussen

CD 8.224094 (1998)

The Violin Concerto and other major works by a central figure from the Nordic music of our time

Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Rosing-Schow, Rasmussen, Nordentoft, Højsgaard

CD 8.224008 (1994)

The London ensemble Capricorn plays works commissioned from Danish composers

Symphony - Antiphony; A Symphony in Time
Symphony - Antiphony; A Symphony in Time
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Karl Aage Rasmusssen

DCCD 9010 (1992)

String Quartets
String Quartets
Karl Aage Rasmussen and Bent Sørensen

DCCD 9003A-3B (1990)


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