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Ole Schmidt   (1928 - 2010)

composer, conductor

Ole Schmidt was not only a composer, he was also a conducter, jazz pianist, educator and Carl Nielsen expert. Schmidt received a degree in piano, composition and conducting from The Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1952 and debuted as a composer and conductor in 1955.

Amongst others, Schmidt was at The Royal Danish Theatre from 1959-65, chief conductor of Hamburger Symphoniker 1969-70, Danish Radio Sinfonietta (1971-1974) and artistic director of Aarhus Symphony Orchestra 1978-84. In addition to that, he was a principal guest conductor at the Royal Northern College of Music i Manchester. In 1973 and 1974 he drew critical acclaim and international recognition when he became the first conductor to record as well as conduct a cycle of Carl Nielsen's symphonies performed by London Symphony Orchestra at Church of St. Giles. Ole Schmidt actually started his career as a jazz pianist and his production of music ranges from orchestra, chamber and choir music to theatre, ballet and film music. He famously composed the music for Carl Theodore Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc" in 1983, which he toured the world with. Ole Schmidt received the Carl Nielsen award.

Source: www.edition-s.dk

Live Dates

01/02/2013   Opus

Accordion Concertos
6/6 Stars

"Bjarke har ett otroligt fint anslag och är virtuos, humoristisk, djupsinnig och helt enkelt underbar!"
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01/07/2012   Gramophone

Accordion Concertos
”…superbly recorded, the Dacapo sound securing a well-nigh ideal balance of soloist and ensemble (…) pleasurable listening pure and simple.”
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01/07/2012   International Record Review

Accordion Concertos
"I enjoyed every note of it and strongly suggest that you do yourself the same favour" IRR - OUTSTANDING
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29/06/2012   Thewholenote.com

Accordion Concertos
"Mogensen makes his brutal technical part sound so easy in this quasi minimalistic exercise in shifting fluid breathtaking sounds."
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21/06/2012   Bornholms Tidende

Accordion Concertos
"Det væsentligste på denne udgivelse er hvordan akkordeonet i hænderne på en kompetent solist kan bryde grænser ned for hvad instrumentet kan udtrykke."
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24/05/2012   Amazon-review

Accordion Concertos
"Whether you're after fresh sounds, virtuoso performances, or just plain good music-making, this recording fills the bill"
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18/05/2012   Amazon-review

Accordion Concertos
"Repeated listening (...) should bring a new appreciation for the accordion"
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15/05/2012   Infodad.com

Accordion Concertos
4/5 Stars

"Bjarke Mogensen seems able to make the accordion into something it does not naturally appear to be: an instrument of considerable emotional range, tonal impact and sonic beauty"
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13/05/2012   San Francisco Chronicle

Accordion Concertos
"The most beautiful, dramatic and sheerly irresistible disc of new music to cross my desk in months"
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30/04/2012   The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Accordion Concertos
4/5 Stars

"A virtuoso performance by the brilliant young Danish accordionist, Bjarke Mogensen."
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30/04/2012   WRUV Reviews

Accordion Concertos
"No oompah here, mostly gentle and lyrical. Nice!"
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30/04/2012   La Scena Musicale

Accordion Concertos
4/5 Stars

"Like an aural set of Northern Lights... Weird and scintillating stuff."
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11/04/2012   Fyens Stiftstidende

Accordion Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Lohses let minimalistiske stil matcher accordeonens mange muligheder og især Bjarke Mogensens talentfulde spil glimrende."
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01/04/2012   Classicalcdreview.com

Accordion Concertos
"DaCapo's disk of accordion concertos is fascinating." "If you're looking for something different, try this."
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30/03/2012   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Accordion Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Den unge akkordeon-djævel Bjarke Mogensen har den brod, der forløser de store ambitioner, som man fornemmer i koncerterne."
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28/07/2005   Politiken

Circles
4/6 Hjerter

"Thaarup's round, well modulated tone creates a vital, playful dialogue ... A fascinating stroll through contemporary Danish music"
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15/02/1994   High Fidelity

Niels Viggo Bentzon: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
"Outstanding Danish symphonies."
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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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Discography

Accordion Concertos
Accordion Concertos
Per Nørgård, Ole Schmidt, Anders Koppel, Martin Lohse

SACD 6.220592 (2012)

The internationally famous virtuoso Bjarke Mogensen makes the accordion an irresistible solo instrument in four energetic concertos from the past 50 years.

Concertos
Concertos
Ole Schmidt

SACD 6.220515 (2006)

Grammy-nominated CD with concertos for flute, horn and tuba

Music inspired by Hans Christian Andersen
Music inspired by Hans Christian Andersen

CD 8.226047 (2005)

Inspired fairytale music for orchestra by among others August Enna, Louis Glass and Finn Høffding

Circles
Circles

CD 8.226517 (2005)

Music for trumpet and trombone by Per Nørgård, Peter Bruun and others

Lightings
Lightings
Nordentoft, Nielsen, Thybo, Schmidt, Møller

CD 8.226512 (2004)

New works for oboe and organ by among others Anders Nordentoft

String Quartets Vol. 2
String Quartets Vol. 2
Ole Schmidt

CD 8.224211 (2003)

Quartets 3, 5 and 6 and Schmidt’s early Piano Quartet

String Quartets Vol. 1
String Quartets Vol. 1
Ole Schmidt

CD 8.224210 (2003)

Chamber music from 50 years, recorded in the presence of the composer

Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7
Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7
Niels Viggo Bentzon

CD 8.224111 (1999)

Vital og vittig musik af efterkrigstidens enfant terrible i dansk musikliv

Piano Concerto no. 4
Piano Concerto no. 4
Niels Viggo Bentzon

CD 8.224110 (1999)

Et hovedværk af den ekstremt produktive komponist og pianist

Jeanne d'Arc
Jeanne d'Arc
Ole Schmidt

CD 8.224112 (1999)

Powerful new music for Carl Th. Dreyer’s silent film masterpiece

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

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Ole Schmidt

CD 8.224035 (1996)

Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
Niels Viggo Bentzon

DCCD 9102 (1993)

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Svend Erik Tarp

DCCD 9005 (1992)


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