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Niels Otto Raasted   (1888 - 1966)

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N.O. Raasted (1888-1966) was one of the leading – if controversial – church musicians of his time. After studies in Leipzig with Karl Straube and Max Reger he was appointed organist at the Church of Our Lady in Odense in 1915-24 and Cathedral Organist in Copenhagen in 1924-58, where he started the tradition of broadcast morning services. In 1925 he founded the Bach Society, and he was chairman of the composers’ rights organization KODA in 1937-64. He was moreover an active concert organist and organ teacher. As a composer he kept up a high output of works throughout his life, totaling 116 opus numbers, especially organ works (six sonatas in 1917-48), choral music (Mass 1924), hymn tunes, chamber music and orchestral works (three symphonies). In his own lifetime his music was performed frequently, especially in Denmark and Germany. The early works were romantic in style, influenced by his studies with Max Reger. From the mid-1920s one hears the influence of Carl Nielsen and a certain adaptation to the current sacred music climate in Denmark, which was dominated by Thomas Laub. With his pragmatic, non-ideological attitude to sacred music, however, he was never truly accepted by the pace-setting sacred music circles, and after his death his music was to a great extent forgotten.

Live Dates

28/04/2011   Tre koncerter med Johannes Søe Hansen
Ved tre koncerter i april og maj kan du opleve Johannes Søe Hansen spille uddrag fra sin anmelderroste solo-CD med Raasteds violinsonater
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17/11/2010   Koncertmester spiller solo
Hør Johannes Søe Hansen spille uddrag fra sin nye Raasted-CD lørdag 20. november i Bog og Idé Lyngby.
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20/08/2011   Audiophile Audition

Niels Otto Raasted: Solo Violin Sonatas
5/5 Stars

"Johannes Soe Hansen plays with a brilliant authority and intense understanding of this music. The recorded sound is superb in every respect"
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26/11/2010   SA-CD.net

Niels Otto Raasted: Solo Violin Sonatas
"If you enjoy solo violin and the neo-Baroque genre, then I can highly recommend this disc."
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10/11/2010   Klassisk

Niels Otto Raasted: Solo Violin Sonatas
4 Stars

"Johannes Søe Hansens spil er suverænt i alle aspekter."
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13/10/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Niels Otto Raasted: Solo Violin Sonatas
4/5 Stars

"Søe Hansens syngende tone rummer en ekspressiv klang, der afslører en dyb kærlighed til disse værker."
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11/10/2010   Fyens Stiftstidende

Niels Otto Raasted: Solo Violin Sonatas
"Lytteværdig og ofte overraskende musik. Johannes Søe Hansen skal have tak for at have genopdaget Niels Otto Raasted."
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Discography

Solo Violin Sonatas
Solo Violin Sonatas
Niels Otto Raasted

SACD 6.220563 (2010)

World premiere recording of Raasted’s Neo-Baroque solo violin sonatas in outstanding DXD sonics

Works for a cappella Choir
Works for a cappella Choir
Niels Otto Raasted

CD 8.224701 (2004)

Neo-Baroque choral music by “the Danish Reger”


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