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Michael Schønwandt  

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From 2000 until May 2011 Michael Schønwandt (conductor) was chief conductor at the Royal Danish Theatre, where he has conducted regularly since his debut in 1979. Alongside this he has been chief conductor of Collegium Musicum since the foundation of the orchestra in 1981. In 1987 and 1988 he was the first Scandinavian conductor ever of the Festival in Bayreuth, and in 1992-1998 he was chief conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Michael Schønwandt, who is a much appreciated and sought-after conductor in many international concert halls and opera houses, appears in several CD and DVD recordings. Among other things he has recorded all Carl Nielsen’s symphonies on CD and headed the Royal Danish Orchestra on the DVD release of Kasper Bech Holten’s staging of Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung. From 2010 to 2013 Michael Schønwandt was chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic in Amsterdam, and has been principal guest conductor of the Staatsoper in Stuttgart. In 2011 Michael Schønwandt was appointed ‘Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog’.

Live Dates

28/04/2016   Carl Prize and video
Se portrætvideoen om Per Nørgård, som netop har modtaget Musikforlæggernes Ærespris - medvirkende bl.a. Safri Duo og Michael Schønwandt
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15/04/2016   New video: The find of Klenau's 9th symphony
View the incredible story about the find of Paul von Klenau's grandiose 9th symphony from 1945
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21/08/2015   BBC Choice for Maskarade
BBC Music Magazine har udvalgt Maskarade som månedens operaindspilning med udmærkelsen "Choice"
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22/07/2015   Gramophone Editor's Choice for Maskarade
Vores nye Maskarade-indspilning med DR SymfoniOrkestret og Michael Schønwandt høster i disse dage fornemme roser hos de engelske kritikere - bl.a. en Editor's Choice i Gramophone.
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03/06/2015   Video trailer: MASKARADE
New video from the recording sessions for Carl Nielsen's opera "Maskarade" in DR Koncerthuset
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03/05/2013   Trailer and documentary: Fête Galante
View the documentary about the concert performance and CD recording of Poul Schierbeck's opera "Fête Galante" online
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01/12/2016   Opernwelt

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Brillieren kann vor allem Johan Reuter, als Heldenbariton gegenwärtig einer der Großen Europas"
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28/11/2016   Frankfurter Allgemeine

PAUL VON KLENAU: Symphony No. 9
"Der Deutschdäne Klenau hielt sich an die Regeln von Schönberg, es klingt aber nicht so. Erst vor ein paar Jahren fand man das Manuskript seiner Neunten. Endlich!"
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01/10/2016   Die deutsche Bühne

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Man hört einfach gerne wahnsinnig gerne zu. Selbst der dänischen Sprache!"
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28/09/2016   Opera Lounge

PAUL VON KLENAU: Symphony No. 9
"In seinen Ausmaßen von neunzig Minuten ist es gigantisch – und so klingt es auch"
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01/09/2016   American Record Guide

PAUL VON KLENAU: Symphony No. 9
"One could almost call it a neglected masterpiece if it weren’t for some of the background implications."
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01/09/2016   Klassisk

ENDNU EN GRIM ÆLLING FOLDER VINGERNE UD
5/6 Stars

"Klenau er helt sikkert en komponist, der fortjener en genopdagelse [..]"
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30/08/2016   jcKlassisk

PAUL VON KLENAU: Symphony No. 9
"An excellent orchestra, a great choir and a fine vocal quartet"
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30/08/2016   Concerti

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
4/5 Stars

”Michael Schønwandt am Pult des mit brillianten Streichern aufwartenden Royal Danish Orchestra gestaltet die Melange aus archaischer Wucht, tänzerischer Eleganz und neoklassisch klarer Figuranenanalyse mit einer hervorragendem Ensemble sinnlich und nuanciert.”
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30/08/2016   Die Deutche Bühne

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
“Die filmisch hervorragend reproduzierte Inszenierung von David Pountney erzält in Breitwandformat”
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30/08/2016   Kurier für Karlsruhe

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
“Eine qualitative herausragende Aufnahme unter Leitung von Michael Schønwandt, die bestens dazu angetan ist, für hierzulande eher unbelichtete Werk zu werben.”
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30/08/2016   OperaLounge

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
”Michael Schønwandt ist der einfühlsame Sachwalter für diese Musik.”
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30/08/2016   SWR 2

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
”Lohnenswert und anregend.”
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30/08/2016   Fono Forum

PAUL VON KLENAU: Symphony No. 9
4/5 Stars

”[Diese Einspielung] ist eine Tat und verhilft dem Werk zu einer nachhaltigen, überzeugenden Wirkung, die immer noch recht unbekannten Komponisten weite Beachtung schaffen sollte.”
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01/08/2016   Concerti

Schwer verdaulich
3/5 Stars

”Toll produziert, fantastisch musiziert [..] - und schwer verdaulich!”
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01/08/2016   Musica

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
4/5 Stars

"A work of great beauty"
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31/07/2016   Classical Lost and Found

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
BEST ORCHESTRAL FINDS OF 2016 "It leaves one anxious to hear more of Klenau’s symphonic music."
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29/07/2016   Ballet Review

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "The many pleasures of this very Danish score (with touches of Verdi’s Falstaff) seem to come naturally to Johan Reuter as Henrik, Niels Jørgen Riis and Dénise Beck as the lovers, and Anne Margrethe Dahl and Stephen Billing as Leander’s parents." [..]
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22/07/2016   Avant Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "Si la précision musicale et la prise de son ne peuvent rivaliser avec celles de l’enregistrement studio, voilà néanmoins le témoignage d’une soirée on ne peut plus festive."
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18/07/2016   GregersDH

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
5/6 Stars

"[..]Et requiem, et vældigt værk på halvanden time, prægtig musik, [..]"
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12/07/2016   Avant Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
[..] "Pour l'interprétation magistrale de Johan Reuter et la direction vibrante de Michael Schønwandt, ce premier DVD de l'œuvre s'impose avec évidence."
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07/07/2016   ConcertoNet.com

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
[..] "The performances are on the whole impressive. Johan Reuter is one of today’s top baritones and he gives a thoroughly committed performance in the title role. Niels Jørgen Riis has a tenor that glows ecstatically [..]. Bass Morten Staugaard is most impressive as Samuel. The young Norwegian baritone, Leif Jone Ølberg, displays a notably attractive voice as Abner." [..]
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28/06/2016   Pizzicato

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
[..] "Das eindrucksvolle Werk wird vom Dänischen Radio-Symphonieorchester, dem DR Konzertchor und den vier Solisten unter Michael Schønwandt engagiert und auf hohem Niveau aufgeführt."
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28/06/2016   American Record Guide

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
"All the groups are wonderful, even the children [..] What comes through again and again is the beauty of Nielsen’s writing, heavily triadic with sparing dissonance and no hint of dark emotion." [..]
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22/06/2016   artistxite

PAUL VON KLENAU: Symphony No. 9
”Klenaus Epitaph erweist sich als ein erschütterndes Werk, das ein kraftvoller, gewaltiger, bewegender Abgesang auf die Gräuel des Krieges und auf die Megalomanie des gestürzten Regimes ist. Ein in Form, Wirkung und Umsetzung beeindruckendes Werk.”
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22/06/2016   Gramophone

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
[..] "Bravo to these musicians for giving the piece every chance. Excellent playing, good [..] choral singing and excellent contributions from the inimitable Susanne Resmark [..] and open-voiced tenor Michael Weinius." [..]
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13/06/2016   The Classical Reviewer

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
[..] "This is a sprawling symphony full of terrific ideas throughout its long length. [..] a fascinating and hugely enjoyable listening experience. [..] Michael Schønwandt achieves fine results from his strong line up of soloists, fine choir and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra."
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09/06/2016   Fanfare

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
[..] "The performances by all concerned are superbly done - obviously labors of love - and uniformly well recorded. [..]This is simply a delight [..] Enthusiastically recommended."
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03/06/2016   Weekendavisen

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
"DVD-optagelsen formidler nærbilleder af intens styrke, og ude i verden vil Reuters minespil lede tankerne hen på giganter som Brando og Welles, [..]"
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31/05/2016   The Wholenote

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
"This exciting DVD presents Carl Nielsen’s remarkable opera Saul and David (1901) recorded live at the Royal Danish Opera, in a production celebrating Nielsen’s 150th birthday. It offers a stellar cast, Michael Schønwandt’s brilliant conducting, David Pountney’s provocative stage direction and optional English or Danish subtitles."[..]
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31/05/2016   Ritmo

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
[..]"Irregular, pero en conjunto muy interesante, vale la pena acercarse a ella. Michael Schønwandt, que la estrenó en 2014 (la partitura estuvo perdida hasta 2001), nos la trae en condiciones inmejorables."
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27/05/2016   Fyns Amts Avis

PAUL VON KLENAU Symfoni nr. 9
4/6 Stars

"[..]overvælder og betager, med sin på én gang inderlige storhed og strittende tonalitet"
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11/05/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

PAUL VON KLENAU: SYMPHONY NO. 9
4/6 Stars

"Rent musikalsk er det i lange stræk et imponerende stykke håndværk. DRSO spiller fremragende, dirigeret af Michael Schønwandt, ligesom DR KoncertKoret og de fire solosangere også yder deres bedste for at forløse den lange symfoni."
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01/05/2016   Fono Forum

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
"Musikchef Michael Schønwandt und der gerne nach Unbekanntem gründelnde David Pountney haben die 1902 uraufgeführte, durchaus religionsskeptische Bibeloper "Saul und David" sehr ordentlich herausgebracht"
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07/04/2016   MusicWeb International

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"...admiration for a magnificent cast putting their all into a remarkable piece of early Nielsen, […] The upside of this performance is the quality of singing by both soloists and chorus and the magnificently powerful orchestra under the inspired direction of Michael Schønwandt."
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05/04/2016   Parterre Box

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
'An excellent cast, orchestra and chorus are led by conductor Michael Schønwandt. Baritone Johan Rueter commands the stage, giving an intense performance as Saul, riveting in his singing and acting'
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04/04/2016   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
“The hero of Dacapo’s recent recording of Nielsen’s ensemble songs isn’t so much the composer himself as DR (…) whose comprehensive upward-feeding choral system is profiled in its entirety here. Denmark is singing very well, and with a system like this, will continue to do so.”
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01/04/2016   Classica

Carl Nielsen Saul & David
4/4 Stars

[..] "Une réussite."
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31/03/2016   The Classical Reviewer

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
"This is a very fine selection of Nielsen’s often neglected songs bringing together Denmark’s finest national choirs. They are beautifully recorded in the fine acoustic of the Garnisons Church, Copenhagen."
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30/03/2016   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Sunget af DRs Kor
"The affection and care shine through. Recording quality is excellent. This CD is an essential purchase, not only for lovers of Nielsen but for anyone who loves the sound of unaccompanied choirs."
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02/03/2016   Forum Opera

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
"Quant au Saül de Johan Reuter, ses qualités d'acteur impressionnent sans doute davantage que ses pures forces vocales, mais il n'en compose pas moins un mémorable personnage ravagé par le doute et la jalousie."
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02/03/2016   Gramophone

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
'Orchestra and conductor unroll their home composer’s score with richness and dexterity ... Hugely recommended'
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01/03/2016   Nouveauté

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
4/4 Stars

[..] "Cette interprétation séduit totalement tant elle répand bonne humeur et humour tout en magnifiant les trésors de la partition." [..]
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02/02/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"På plussiden må noteres, at en række af legebarnet Pountneys påhit er meget virkningsfulde. Og hvad det musikalske angår er alt i de bedste hænder hos Det Kongelige Kapel og Operakor, dirigeret af Nielsen-specialisten Michael Schønwandt."
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01/02/2016   Klassisk

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"Saul er en splittet person, Johan Reuter fremstiller ham formidabelt. Michael Schønwandt skaber musikalsk perfekt indlevelse."
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01/02/2016   Opera News

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
CRITIC'S CHOICE 'A pleasant discovery awaits many listeners'
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01/02/2016   David's Review Corner

CARL NIELSEN: Saul & David
'Michael Schonwandt’s conducting once again shows that he is today’s leading Nielsen exponent'
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01/02/2016   David's Review Corner

Carl Nielsen sung by the Danish National Choirs
'A welcome addition to Nielsen’s 150th birthday celebrations'
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01/02/2016   International Opera Awards

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
Nominated, Best Complete Opera (CD)
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22/01/2016   American Record Guide

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
CRITICS CHOICE 2016 "Chorus and orchestra are incontestably authoritative. The sound is superbly vivid. As I have said before, jaded opera lovers, who think there are no new discoveries to be had, should rush to secure this recording while it lasts. It, and the work itself, are irresistible!"
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15/01/2016   Fyens Stiftstidende

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
4/6 Stars

"Det er udgivelsens styrke, at den netop tør indvie lytteren i nyt stof, [..]"
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01/01/2016   The Irish Times

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Well sung and interpreted as here, Maskarade deserves to be much more widely known."
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01/12/2015   nmz – neue musikzeitung

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Überraschend ist die Fülle herausragender Opernaufnahmen, allen voran Carl Nielsens "Maskarade" exemplarisch unter Schønwandt"
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01/12/2015   L'Avant-Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "Malgré quelques faiblesses dans la distribution qui n'entachent pas gravement la réussite du projet, Schønwandt a donc eu pleinement raison de confir aux micros Dacapo sa novelle version de cette œuvre jubilatoire."
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11/11/2015   Audiophile Audition

CARL NIELSEN: MASKARADE
5/5 Stars

"With the excellence of the cast, completely delightful and engaging, plus the radiant playing of the DNSO under Michael Schonwandt in sound that is state of the art and wonderfully balanced, this is simply the recording to own."
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10/11/2015   Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
3/4 Stars

"[..] un excellent chef danois de réputation internationale (Michael Schønwandt) et une belle brochette de chanteurs, majoritairement danois."
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01/11/2015   Diapason

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "je suis convaincu que cet enregistrement aura conduit de nombreux amateurs d'opéra vers cette célébration musicale de l'amour et de la vie."[..]
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01/11/2015   Oper!

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"(...) Und für die jüngste Einspielung der Maskarade sind es erneut Chor und Nationalorchester, die unter der federnden, buffoleichten und temperamentvollen Leitung von Michael Schønwandt diese melodiös funkelnde, vor witzigen tonsetzerischen Einfällen nur so sprühende Opernrarität für das dänische Label Dacapo aufgenommen haben. Entstanden ist eine Einspielung, die rundum überzeugt..."
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27/10/2015   Fanfare

HOLMBOE: Requiem for Nietzsche
"Solo and choral singing is first rate, the orchestra plays with impassioned commitment and technical excellence, and Schønwandt’s conducting is that of a true believer. This is a very important piece of 20th-century choral literature, and thus a rational candidate for the Classical Hall of Fame"
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14/10/2015   Concerto Net

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Maskarade, a lasting cornerstone within Danish culture"
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13/10/2015   Opera Now

Nielsen: Maskarade
"…interesting, enjoyable and worth investigating"
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06/10/2015   Diapason d'Or - Octobre 2015

Maskarade - Diapason d'Or
5/5 Stars

"La baguette alerte et subtile de Michael Schønwandt est aussi à l’aise dans le ton XVIIIe que dans la veine populair."
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01/10/2015   Klassiekezaken

Bruisende muziek
"Nielsen wilde Le nozze di Figaro, Falstaff en Die Meistersinger naar de kroon steken en dat is hem voortreffelijk gelukt."
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01/10/2015   Ascolta

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"Det er blevet en helt rigtig Maskarade til tiden"
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01/10/2015   Das Opernglas

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"Vom Danish National Symphony Orchestra unter der Leitung von Michael Schønwandt liegt nun das Werk des dänischen Nationalkomponisten in einer im vergangenen Jahr entstandenen beachtenswerten Einspielung vor..."
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01/10/2015   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Nielsen beyond the symphonies

"Few works underscore Nielsen’s desire to overturn the old order better than this, a snapshot from 1906 of a changing Denmark that advocates art for all and freedom in youth. It’s full of marvellous tunes and orchestral joie de vivre, particularly in this new recording. Not many composers can tread the line between profundity and froth, but Nielsen does so deliciously even when the opera collapses into a cavalcade of partying."
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16/09/2015   The Guardian

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Cast, conductor and orchestra relish every bar"
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07/09/2015   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"The singing on this Dacapo set is just fabulous; it’s consistently accurate and imaginative… This gorgeous set confirms Michael Schønwandt as a Nielsen conductor of rare distinction; a Maskarade for the ages."
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03/09/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
6/6 Stars

"Denne udgaves virkelige trumfkort er Michael Schønwandt og det virtuost spillende DR Symfoniorkestret"
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01/09/2015   BBC Music

Nielsen: Maskarade
5/5 Stars

Nielsen for the modern age
"Micheal Schønwandt conducts with great detail and sweep"
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21/08/2015   Musicweb International

Nielsen: Maskarade
*RECORDING OF THE MONTH*
This is a wonderful set, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Offhand it’s hard to imagine a happier celebration of Nielsen’s 150th anniversary.
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21/08/2015   Pizzicato

NIELSEN: MASKARADE
5/5 Stars

"Die Sänger, die für diese Produktion engagiert wurden, bringen die Komödie auf hohem Niveau zu Leben und da auch Schoenwandt die leichte und spritzige Musik des Komponisten mit viel Sinn für den klugem Witz auf die höhere Qualitätsschiene hebt, ist alles vereint, um dem Hörer zwei vergängliche Stunden mit geistreicher, sprühender Musik zu garantieren."
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29/07/2015   BBC Music Magazine

Nielsen: Maskarade
"This latest CD boasts probably the strongest cast on record so far. The mighty bass Stephen Milling catches the ageing paterfamilias Jeronimus’s comically fallible humanity likeably."
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24/07/2015   Gramophone EDITOR's CHOICE

Nielsen: Maskarade
"As with Scriabin, Nielsen’s anniversary invites us to reassess the composer with new recordings, in this case a fourth—and successful—outing on disc for Maskarade."
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17/07/2015   The Times

Simple and sunny - is this really Carl Nielsen?
4/5 Stars

"This exemplary new studio recording is a must-have… Here is a cast whose singing brings the comedy to life under the expert baton of Michael Schønwandt. Enjoy two hours of top-notch light music and brush up your Danish in the process."
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13/07/2015   SA-CD.net

Nielsen: Maskarade
"Throughout, Michael Schønwandt keeps an iron grip, particularly on the pacing of the sometimes quite complex interactions of soloists and choir. He also ensures that the many dances have rhythmic spring and lilt, and that there are plenty of major contrasts in both speed and dynamics as Nielsen’s score demands. The soloists are in top voice (...) Their comical mocking voices and sneering descriptions of character friends are well done and amusing. It is immediately obvious that the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir are also fired up, keeping the listener in thrall throughout the three acts."
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12/07/2015   Classical CD Choice

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"This latest performance is one of the most exuberant and life-affirming that the piece has ever received"
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30/06/2015   David's Review Corner

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"The sound is excellent with ideal balance between soloists and orchestra which also reveals every small orchestral detail."
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09/06/2015   Politiken

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
5/6 Hjerter

"Alt føles rigtigt, og han kommer paletten rundt. Både det kradsbørstige og det poetiske sidder lige i øjet."
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01/03/2014   Choir & Organ

Peter Heise: Songs for Male Voices
5/5 Stars

"Great SACD sound, full of texture and individuation."
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01/02/2014   International Record Review

Peter Heise: Songs for Male Voices
"Easy on the ear, and expertly written for men's voices.", "With such names you'd expect a fine standard, and you certainly get it, and in splendid sound too."
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01/12/2013   Gramophone

Poul Schierbeck: Fête Galante
Holiday Critic’s Choice: "A superb cast and recording".
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01/11/2013   Classica

Poul Schierbeck: Fête Galante
3/4 Stars

"Schierbeck, véritable maître de l'orchestre, s'impose grâce à une instrumentation exquise. On pense, entre autres, à l'Ouverture brillante, mais également à diverses pages purement orchestrales de tout beauté, sans oublier un délicat et bienveillant accompagnement des voix."
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01/10/2013   International Record Review

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
"It’s one of those rare works that makes you happy to be alive, and I commend it to your attention with every enthusiasm."
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01/10/2013   Gramophone

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
"With beautiful recording quality and excellent documentation in addition to first-rate performance, the collectability of this issue for Scandophiles is not in doubt."
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01/10/2013   Opera

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
"This is an attractive performance.", "Schierbeck's orchestral writing is masterly."
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30/09/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Peter Heise: Songs for Male Voices
4/6 Stars

"Med Schønwandt i spidsen er det musikalske håndværk mere end i orden, og de muskuløse mandsstemmer udstanser Heises pointer i en klart artikuleret stil."
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11/09/2013   Kristeligt Dagblad

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
4/6 Stars

"Bobler af vid og charme."
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02/09/2013   OPUS

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
5/6 Stars

"Michael Schönwandt, Danska radions symfoniorkester och kör tar fram små detaljer, stora linjer och inte minst det goda smilet i musiken. God fornöjelse!"
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02/09/2013   Klassisk

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
5/6 Stars

"En fremragende opførelse ... det ville være oplagt at tage denne lille perle op på scenen igen"
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01/09/2013   Fono Forum

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
5/5 Stars

Empfehlungen des Monats: "Überzeugend", "Ein musikalisches Meisterwerk.", "Die Ouvertüre zählt zur besten Orchestermusik aus Dänemark."
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01/08/2013   Gramophone

Bent Sørensen: La Notte
"The performances are clearly admirably prepared, and recording quality and documentation are excellent."
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01/07/2013   David's Review Corner

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
“There is not one weak link in the long list of subordinate character singers, and the orchestra, with Michael Schønwandt conducting, is absolutely superb… My major problem is to stop playing it.”
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14/06/2013   Fyens Stiftstidende

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
4/6 Stars

"En velfortjent genfødsel"
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05/05/2013   The Classical Reviewer

Bent Sørensen: La Notte
"Excellent"
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03/05/2013   Klassisk

Bent Sørensen: La Notte
5/6 Stars

"Virtuost fletværk."
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15/04/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten

Bent Sørensen: La Notte
5/6 Stars

Et "stille brag af et smukt album."
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14/04/2013   The Sunday Times (UK)

Bent Sørensen: La Notte
"Beautifully played."
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05/02/2012   Classics Today (10/10)

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
"If you haven't yet heard these performances, then this set will be a mandatory acquisition, particularly if you want to get a big chunk of Nielsen in a single shot"
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03/01/2012   Opera

Poul Ruders: Selma Jekozà
"...an outstanding record of a quite extraordinary work. I can't recommend it too highly"
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28/11/2011   Pizzicato

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
5/5 Stars

"Schønwandt zeigt mit seinem Nielsen, dass die bei anderen Dirrigenten festgestellte Klangopulenz die sechs Symphonien des Dänen zwar spektakulär werden lässt, dabei jedoch unendlich viele Details untergehen, die die Musik unerhört reich werden lassen."
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01/10/2011   Klassisk

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
4/5 Stars

"Det cirkulære handlingsforløb og den enkle scenografi virker stærkt og klart på skærmen"
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12/09/2011   Søndag

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
"Noget af det mest kraftfulde og livsbekræftende inden for nyere skandinavisk komposition"
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31/08/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
5/6 Stars

"Pragtfulde værker, spillet med saft og kraft, lige fra forspillet til Maskarade til Helios-ouverturen"
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30/08/2011   Classica

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
3/5 Stars

"Équipe de la creation danoise parfaite"
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16/08/2011   TimeOut Chicago Review

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
4/5 Stars

"Lead Ylva Kihlberg’s unwavering soprano stands as the vocal highlight of the performance"
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30/06/2011   International Record Review

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
"The whole production is a triumph of dramatic focus and concentration ... If a UK staging of Selma Jezková is not already scheduled, it certainly ought to be."
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01/06/2011   David's Review Corner

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
"One act operas have been singularly unsuccessful in the history of opera, but this compelling story may prove the exception".
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29/09/2010   MusicWeb International

C.E.F. Weyse: The Key Masterpieces
"This set gives every appearance of being a well informed and inspiringly chosen Weyse introduction"
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30/04/2010   Sequenza 21

Vagn Holmboe: The Key Masterpieces
"The performances on this program are universally fine."
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14/06/2002   Classics Today (10/10)

Vagn Holmboe: Requiem for Nietzsche
"A powerful work on many levels, a serious statement from a composer of genuine vision ... A real find."
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22/05/2002   BBC Music Magazine

Vagn Holmboe: Requiem for Nietzsche
5/6 Stars

"Both the soloists are impressive and Michael Schønwandt and his chorus and orchestra seem totally possessed."
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03/11/1997   BBC Music Magazine

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Orchestral Works
5/5 Stars

"The performance of the soloist, Morten Zeuthen (for whom it was written) and the orchestra are utterly gripping ... One of the most exciting CD's I've come across this year"
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15/01/1994   BBC Music Magazine

Niels W. Gade: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
5 Stars

"Michael Schønwandt and his Collegium Musicum play these forgotten Romantic glories to the manner born."
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20/03/1993   Fanfare

Svend Erik Tarp: Orchestral Works
"Should be part of every collection of twentieth-century music."
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Photo: Miklos Szabo

Discography

Symphony No. 9
Symphony No. 9
Paul von Klenau

CD 8.226098-99 (2016)

Carl Nielsen sung by the Danish National Choirs
Carl Nielsen sung by the Danish National Choirs

CD 8.226112 (2015)

Saul & David
Saul & David
Carl Nielsen

DVD 2.110412 (2015)

Maskarade
Maskarade
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220641-42 (2015)

Songs for Male Voices
Songs for Male Voices
Peter Heise

SACD 6.220598 (2013)

Charming choral songs and quartets from the Danish Golden age. Long live woman, art and the fatherland!

Fête galante
Fête galante
Poul Schierbeck

SACD 6.220637-38 (2013)

A true operatic feast: Schierbeck’s Fete galante from 1931 is lyrical and warm, glitteringly orchestrated and has Denmark’s best singers in the main roles

La Notte
La Notte
Bent Sørensen

CD 8.226045 (2013)

Bent Sørensen’s captivating piano concerto La Notte from 1998 is a marvel of beauty: the night as dream and reality

The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.206002 (2011)

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra's hailed recordings of Nielsen's orchestral music, including the six symphonies on both CD and DVD, now beautifully boxed

Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
Poul Ruders

DVD 2.110410 (2011)

Poul Ruders' heart-rending opera from 2010 based on Lars von Trier's film "Dancer in the Dark"

The Key Masterpieces
The Key Masterpieces
Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse

CD 8.226105-06 (2010)

The 3rd issue in Dacapo’s Perspectives series fully portrays this ingenious composer of the Danish Golden Age

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

The Key Masterpieces
The Key Masterpieces
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.226101-02 (2009)

An outstanding introduction to the clear-sighted master of 20th-century Nordic music

Maskarade (DVD)
Maskarade (DVD)
Carl Nielsen

DVD 2.110407 (2007)

The Danish "national opera" in a rebellious, witty new interpretation

Famous Opera Choruses
Famous Opera Choruses
Wagner, Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, Borodin, Nielsen

SACD 6.220512 (2005)

Requiem for Nietzsche
Requiem for Nietzsche
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224207 (2002)

An impressive, uncompromising oratorio based on the life of Nietzsche – a major work in Danish music

The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
Poul Ruders

CD 8.224165-66 (2001)

Vor tids stærkeste opera – et genialt og rystende værk

Complete Symphonies (3CD Box Set)
Complete Symphonies (3CD Box Set)
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.203130 (2001)

Authoritative recording of all six symphonies based on the new edition of the music

Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.224169 (2001)

Nielsen’s vital debut and his enigmatic, surreal last work in the genre

Der er et yndigt land
Der er et yndigt land

CD 8.224141 (2000)

Danmark i lommeformat – de største klassiske hits og skønneste melodier

Renaissance
Renaissance
P.E. Lange-Müller

CD 8.224109 (2000)

Fuldmoden dansk nationalromantik af en elsket mester

Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.224156 (2000)

Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.224126 (1999)

Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 2
Poul Ruders

CD 8.224125 (1999)

Ruders’ Piano Concerto and his explosive Symphony no. 2 – a tremendous listening experience!

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!

Der var engang (Once upon a time)
Der var engang (Once upon a time)
P.E. Lange-Müller

CD 8.224084 (1997)

Songs and music from the Romantic fairytale comedy. A bestseller 100 years ago and today!

Cantatas
Cantatas
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224049 (1997)

Ædleste klassicisme i Weyses kantater til jul og påske

Ungdom og Galskab (Youth and Folly)
Ungdom og Galskab (Youth and Folly)
Edouard Dupuy

CD 8.224066-67 (1997)

A witty, melodious Singspiel, performed hundreds of times since the premiere in 1806!

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

CD 8.224060 (1997)

Three key works by the caustic, energetic absurdist of modern Danish music

Symphonies Nos. 1-8
Symphonies Nos. 1-8
Niels Wilhelm Gade

CD 8.504012 (1997)

Solar Trilogy
Solar Trilogy
Poul Ruders

CD 8.224054 (1997)

The great big orchestral trip – a unique trilogy in European music

Elverskud (The Elf King's Daughter)
Elverskud (The Elf King's Daughter)
Niels W. Gade

CD 8.224051 (1996)

Symphonies Nos. 6-7
Symphonies Nos. 6-7
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224014 (1995)

First recording of Weyse’s two greatest symphonies

Symphonies Nos. 4-5
Symphonies Nos. 4-5
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224013 (1995)

Vienna Classicism from the 1790s with a Nordic accent

Symphonies Nos. 1-3
Symphonies Nos. 1-3
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224012 (1994)

The first full-scale Danish symphonies, inspired by Haydn and Mozart

Concertos
Concertos
Poul Ruders

DCCD 9308 (1993)

Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6
Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6
Niels W. Gade

DCCD 9202 (1993)

Symphonies  Nos. 1 and 2
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Niels W. Gade

DCCD 9201 (1993)

Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8
Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8
Niels W. Gade

DCCD 9301 (1993)

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Svend Erik Tarp

DCCD 9005 (1992)

Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5
Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5
Niels W. Gade

DCCD 9004 (1992)


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