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Niels Rosing-Schow   (Born 1954)

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A lyrical, questing composer, distinctive among the younger composers for his Francophile orientation. His music lies between the two poles: an intellectual, rather ascetic discipline on the one hand and an urge towards the exuberant and improvisational on the other. With a direct quotation from the composer, it is "a music which is composed so that the felt and the known cannot be separated". Rosing-Schow's works are often exquisitely treated with delicately prepared instrumentation, clarity and a sensuous use of colour. He is therefore an obvious composer for the sinfonietta ensemble, and several of his sophisticated pieces for this configuration are today standard works in Danish music. With the same French-oriented elegance he writes for choir and larger orchestral ensembles. Two of his major works are the operas Brand (Fire) and Dommen (The Judgement).

Niels Rosing-Schow began his composing career in the early 1970s within the framework of the ‘Group for Alternative Music’. This loose association of Danish composers wanted to create an alternative, aesthetically and organizationally, to the more established contemporary music environment. The work Kinderlieder to texts by Bertold Brecht (1977) for female choir and an unconventional ensemble of seven instruments, with its tonal and polyrhythmic layering, its simple treatment of the texts and its bright atmosphere, is a typical expression of these tendencies.

At the beginning of the 1980s Rosing-Schow tended towards a more lyrically concentrated idiom in works like Trio per flauto, viola ed arpa (1983) and a number of vocal works. The works from the end of the eighties, including Double (1987) and the chamber opera Brand (1989) exhibit a growing interest in the outward-looking, gestural and dramatic aspects of music.

In the subsequent period, which began with the works Ritus I and Ritus II (1990), this was combined with formal processual thinking that also left its mark on Voix interieures (1991). In the course of the nineties the composer also assimilated elements of French-inspired ‘spectral’ harmony. This inspiration is most clearly expressed in the sinfonietta work ...sous les râles du vent d’Est (1992), in the work Archipel des solitudes for mezzo-soprano, choir and orchestra (1995) and in the violin concerto Trees (2000/01).

Live Dates

14/11/2014   New video: Alliages - Niels Rosing-Schow
See composer Niels Rosing-Schow work with flutist Hélène Navasse on a solo work for his new CD "Alliages"
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25/01/2013   New video: Recording session with TM+ and Niels Rosing-Schow
Video from the recording session of Niels Rosing-Schow's "Peinture du temps" featuring the French ensemble TM+ and conductor Laurent Cuniot.
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10/07/2015   American Record Guide

Rosing-Schow: Alliages
"Because Rosing-Schow tends toward dissonance and complexity in his style, a scheme of expansion often helps to give a sense of form and organization that allows the listener to navigate intuitively."
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05/05/2015   Gramophone

Niels Rosing-Schow: Alliages
"Committed performances, as one might expect from this crop of the leading Danish musicians, and unexceptionally fine sound enhance the attractions of a release that certainly makes a representative introduction to another composer of note within the Danish (as indeed Scandinavian) musical firmament."
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16/01/2015   Fyns Amts Avis

Musikalske Alliancer
4/6 Stars

"Der musiceres med respekt og indlevelse [...] Lytteren forføres og suges ind i Rosing-Schows klangunivers, ikke noget tosset sted at befinde sig."
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12/01/2015   David's Review Corner

Niels Rosing-Schow: Alliages
"To the innocent ear we hear a very individual composer, who prefers to live in a modern world where traditional harmonies still exist."
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01/04/2013   BBC Music Magazine

Niels Rosing-Schow: Peinture du temps - works for Sinfonietta
4/5 Stars

"Full of unexpected textures."
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26/02/2013   David's Review Corner

Niels Rosing-Schow: Peinture du temps - works for Sinfonietta
"Niels Rosing-Schow is continually sharpening the blade at the cutting edge of music’s modernity to bring new sonic experiences to his works."
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22/02/2010   Musicweb International

Conversations for violin and piano
"The performances, excellently recorded, are outstandingly good, and evince powerful commitment for the repertoire."
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24/11/2009   Politiken

Conversations for violin og klaver
4/6 Hjerter

"Dynamisk og inderligt fortolket af violinisten Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider og pianisten Ulrich Stærk."
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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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15/01/1993   Fanfare

Niels Rosing-Schow: Orchestral & Chamber Works
"Superb performance."
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Photo: Suste Bonnén

Discography

Alliages
Alliages
Niels Rosing-Schow

CD 8.226580 (2014)

New chamber works by the French-inspired Niels Rosing-Schow, who creates new alloys of the sounds of instruments

Peinture du temps - Works for sinfonietta
Peinture du temps - Works for sinfonietta
Niels Rosing-Schow

CD 8.226557 (2013)

Sound magic from the world of spectral music in five exquisite chamber works by the Francophile composer Niels Rosing-Schow

Conversations for violin and piano
Conversations for violin and piano
Koppel, Nørgård, Ruders, Rosing-Schow, Nordentoft

CD 8.226519 (2009)

One hour of short youthful and charming pieces by five important post-war composers

A fall from the perfect ground
A fall from the perfect ground
C.W. Christensen, M. Olsen, N. Rosing-Schow, K.I. Jørgensen, I. Frounberg

CD 8.226537 (2008)

The French ensemble Alternance plays Danish music from the 21st century

Granito y arco iris
Granito y arco iris
Niels Rosing-Schow

CD 8.226535 (2007)

New works for chamber and symphony orchestra by the colour magician of Danish 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!

Six Works for Saxophone and Percussion
Six Works for Saxophone and Percussion
DuoDenum

CD 8.226504 (2004)

Brand new repertoire for the imaginative combination percussion and saxophone

Winds and Percussion
Winds and Percussion
Niels Rosing-Schow

CD 8.226506 (2004)

Percussion, saxophone and accordions meet in organic music from the 1990s

Archipel des solitudes
Archipel des solitudes
Niels Rosing-Schow

CD 8.224163 (2001)

Overdådig skønhed i denne fransk-inspirerede sangcyklus til tekster af Gilles Gourdon

Works for Sinfonietta
Works for Sinfonietta
Niels Rosing-Schow

CD 8.224055 (1997)

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

CD 8.224008 (1994)

The London ensemble Capricorn plays works commissioned from Danish composers

Orchestral & Chamber Works
Orchestral & Chamber Works
Niels Rosing-Schow

DCCD 9110 (1992)


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