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Morten Zeuthen   (Born 1951)

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For over twenty years Morten Zeuthen has played a central role in Danish musical life, and has toured most of the world. He studied with among others Asger Lund Christiansen and Paul Tortelier. As a soloist he has appeared with all the Danish orchestras, playing both contemporary works and the older repertoire.

He has recorded cello concertos on CD by Per Nørgård, Poul Ruders, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Bo Holten, and his double CD of the Bach cello suites has among other honours won the “Danish Grammy” as the best classical release of the year. As a soloist Morten Zeuthen has appeared with conductors like Kurt Sanderling, Norman Del Mar, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jorma Panula.

Sometimes Morten Zeuthen also crosses musical boundaries, for example with jazzmen like Chick Corea, Kenneth Knudsen and Palle Mikkelborg. Besides all these activities he has been principal cellist in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR. He has been awarded several prizes including Gade-Legatet and Dansk Musikerforbunds Hæderspris. Morten Zeuthen has been a member of the Kontra Quartet and is a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

Live Dates

01/06/2012   OPUS.41

Herman D. Koppel, Benjamin Koppel: Works for cello and piano
5/6 Stars

"Inte sällan lyfter sig tonflödet till storslagen och hänrivande kammarmusik"
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21/10/2011   MusicWeb International

Herman D. Koppel, Benjamin Koppel: Works for cello and piano
"Serious, sturdy, blazingly grand and brilliant ... Two Koppels in music that is unflinchingly serious and gripping."
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01/10/2011   Klassisk

Works for cello and piano
5/5 Stars

"Denne cd giver et sjældent blik ind i en familierelation på musikkens egne præmisser. Og til et glædeligt genhør med nogle af Herman D. Koppels mesterlige værker."
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30/08/2011   Politiken

Herman D. Koppel, Benjamin Koppel: Works for cello and piano
5/6 Hjerter

"Der er smæk for skillingen i serier af handlingsmættede forløb i stramme nyklassiske former, og ingen af de to erfarne musikere holder igen med de energiske udredninger"
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19/06/2011   Fyens Stiftstidende

Herman D. Koppel, Benjamin Koppel: Works for cello and piano
5/6 Stars

"Koppels poetiske soloværk fra 1971 ... får takket være Zeuthens formidable spil, der favner instrumentets kolossale spændvidde, en uafrystelig intensitet."
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04/03/2011   Classics Today (9/9)

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
"This important set belongs in the collection of anyone who cares about good 20th-century chamber music."
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01/01/2011   International Record Review

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
"Among the significant cycles of string quartets from the post-war era, that by Danish composer Vagn Holmboe is one of the most substantial surveying."
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17/12/2010   Classique Info

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
"Retenez votre souffle et plongez, la remontée sans paliers de décompression risque de s’avérer difficile mais gratifiante"
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01/11/2010   OPUS

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
5/5 Stars

"För Holmboekännare rekommenderar denna box förstås sig själv."
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01/11/2010   Ensemble

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
"Dem Kontra Quartet ist eine faszinierende Box gelungen."
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13/10/2010   Crescendo

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
"Erschließt sich hier eine Quelle eindringlichster Entdeckungen von einem kaum bekannten Giganten."
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19/09/2010   Musicweb International

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
“Holmboe’s quartets are one of the great treasures of the last century (…) With this box set comes a chance to discover them in performances of great accomplishment and dedication.”
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09/03/2006   Classics Today

L'Homme Armé: Works for Solo Cello
"There's great music awaiting your discovery here, as well as a fabulous cellist."
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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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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   Gramophone

Vagn Holmboe: String Quartets Vol. 1
"Recommended with enthusiasm."
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15/01/1994  

Vagn Holmboe: String Quartets Vol. 1
CANNES CLASSICAL AWARD
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15/07/1992   BBC Radio

Hans Abrahamsen and Poul Ruders: String Quartets
"The Kontra Quartet capture both the brusque quirkiness and the delicate pathos of these works."
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20/05/1992   Fanfare

Peter Arnold Heise: Chamber Music
"Amalie Malling is a formidable player."
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15/05/1992   American Record Guide

Peter Arnold Heise: Chamber Music
"Fine, idiomatic performances."
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Discography

Works for cello and piano
Works for cello and piano
Herman D. Koppel, Benjamin Koppel

CD 8.226088 (2011)

Expressive cello works by the doyen of the great Danish Koppel family of musicians, rounded off with a fantastical tribute work written by his grandson.

The Complete String Quartets
The Complete String Quartets
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.207001 (2010)

7 CD box set of all Holmboe's string quartets in the highly acclaimed recordings by the Kontra Quartet

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

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!

Music for Cello and Piano
Music for Cello and Piano
Poul Rovsing Olsen

CD 8.224222 (2003)

The ethnomusicologist Rovsing Olsen was inspired by both Arab and French music

String Quartets Vol. 7
String Quartets Vol. 7
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224131 (2001)

This unsurpassed series concludes with Holmboe’s very last work, completed by his pupil Per Nørgård

String Quartets Vol. 6
String Quartets Vol. 6
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224128 (2001)

Penultimate CD in the definitive series with String Quartets 17, 19 and 20, written in the 1980s

String Quartets Vol. 5
String Quartets Vol. 5
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224127 (1999)

Strygekvartet nr. 13-15, skrevet i en intens periode midt i 1970’erne

String Quartets
String Quartets
Rued Langgaard

DCCD 9302A-B (1999)

Piano Concerto; Piano Trio
Piano Concerto; Piano Trio
Otto Malling

CD 8.224114 (1999)

One of the best Danish piano concertos – not a million miles from the famous one by Grieg

String Quartets Vol. 4
String Quartets Vol. 4
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224101 (1998)

Three strong quartets from the beginning of the 1970s – a very fruitful period for Holmboe

String Quartets Vol. 3
String Quartets Vol. 3
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224073 (1997)

Grand recordings of String Quartets 7, 8 and 9, composed in the mid-1960s

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

CD 8.224060 (1997)

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

Cello and Piano
Cello and Piano

CD 8.224052 (1996)

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Henning Wellejus

CD 8.224040 (1996)

String Quartets Vol. 2
String Quartets Vol. 2
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224026 (1996)

String Quartets 2, 5 and 6, the starting shots for Holmboe’s immersion in the genre

Works for Cello
Works for Cello
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224007 (1995)

Five highly varied fruits of Per Nørgård’s fascination with the cello

String Quartets Vol. 1
String Quartets Vol. 1
Vagn Holmboe

DCCD 9203 (1993)

String Quartets
String Quartets
Hans Abrahamsen and Poul Ruders

DCCD 9006 (1992)

Concertos
Concertos
Per Nørgård

DCCD 9002 (1992)

Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Peter Arnold Heise

DCCD 9113 (1992)


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