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Per Nørgård   (Born 1932)

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It is hard to put words to the composer Per Nørgård, because his music and his life’s work are so overwhelming. Nørgård is so free, creative and innovative that he can only be compared to the greatest. Often it is Sibelius who is mentioned. At other times Carl Nielsen. His music does not resemble theirs; this is a matter of artistic stature. Per Nørgård is one of the greatest Nordic composers – for all times. 

Per Nørgård was born in 1932 in Copenhagen. His father had a shop selling wedding dresses, and there were no artists in the family. Out of the blue, Per Nørgård’s extraordinary ability became appa­rent, and at the age of 17 he approached the most important Danish composer of the time, Vagn Holmboe, for an assessment of his music. Holmboe took him under his wing like a son of the family, and in the 1950s Nørgård expressed himself within what he called “the universe of the Nordic mind”, with Holmboe and Sibelius as models. He even managed to correspond with the old Sibelius, who recognized his rare musical insight.

But Per Nørgård has always sought out new paths followed the sounds he has heard in his inner ear. So for that reason, in the 1960s, he had to stray from the Nordic path to explore the possibilities of central European modernism. He was never to follow the dogmas slavishly, but found his own wholly individual serial technique, which he called the Infinity Series; an endless serial tone row that combines the rule-bound with the natural and which among its many qualities has the feature that it forms fractals from itself. This produces a holistic, almost ‘celestial’ sense of wholeness that culminates in Nørgård’s Symphony no. 2 and not least no. 3, which like a 1970s counterpart to Beethoven’s Ninth ends chorally.

In more than 400 works in all genres Per Nørgård has developed his music, which is based on his inexhaustible ability to invent something new. He has composed operas, string quartets, piano works, solo concertos and eight symphonies which, at intervals of about ten years, stand as pillars in his life with music; from the sombre, Nordic Symphony no. 1 to the intense and chaotic Sympho­nies 4 and 5 and the ethereally beautiful and bright Symphony no. 8.

He is also, quite beyond comparison, the most important teacher and inspirer in Danish musical life; a generous personality who has ensured that several generations of composers and musicians have been given the power to grow for themselves.

Per Nørgård’s compositions are full of technical innovations and profoundly original ideas that make the music very difficult to play, But when it sounds, a magic and a vitality appear that extend far beyond the forms and frameworks of the classical world.

For his more than 60 years of creative activity he has been awarded the foremost prizes a composer can receive, including the Léonie Sonning Music Prize (1996); the Sibelius Prize (2006); the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize (2014); and most recently the Ernst von Siemen Music Prize (2016).

Live Dates

03/07/2016   Nørgård symphonies in Classical Specialist Chart
Vores to nye CD'er med symfonier af Per Nørgård ligger for anden uge i træk på Englands liste over bedst sælgende klassiske albums
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12/05/2016   Praise for Nørgård
Gramophone Editor's Choice and four stars in the Guardian for our new Nørgård albums with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds!
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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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05/02/2016   Per Nørgård awarded Germany's leading music prize
Danish composer Per Nørgård has been awarded the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of his lifelong contribution to music. Dacapo Records will release the composer's symphonies 2, 4, 5 and 6 with the Oslo Philharmonic and John Storgårds.
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18/09/2015   Vienna Philharmonic and Per Nørgård honoured in London
"Nørgård har beriget vores liv med sin kunst", sagde Wiener Filharmonikernes leder ved dette års Gramophone Awards ceremoni i London
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27/08/2015   Nørgård symphonies win Gramophone Award
The Vienna Philharmonic's recording of Per Nørgård symphonies win this year's Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording
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19/08/2015   Two Gramophone nominations for Dacapo
To Dacapo-udgivelser er med i opløbet om Gramophone Awards 2015!
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11/06/2014   Per Nørgård awarded prestiguous New Yorker Prize
Danish composer Per Nørgård has been awarded the prestiguous Kravis Prize of USD 200.000 by the New York Philharmonic, which is at the same time commissioning a new orchestral work by the composer
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27/05/2014   Vienna Philharmonic ready for Norgard release
The legendary Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Sakari Oramo present two symphonies by Per Nørgård for Dacapo Records, including the world premiere recording of the composer’s 8th Symphony from 2011
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09/02/2014   "Songs from Evening Land" wins P2 Prize
Helene Gjerris' indspilning af Per Nørgårds sange fra seks årtier "Sange fra Aftenland" modtog 7. februar P2s Lyt til Nyt pris.
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16/05/2013   Vienna Philharmonic to record two symphonies by Per Nørgård
At the end of May, the legendary Vienna Philharmonic will be performing and recording two symphonies by Per Nørgård for Dacapo Records
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16/11/2012   Songs from Evening Land
Mød Helene Gjerris og Per Nørgård til minikoncert og kunstnersamtale i Møstings Hus lørdag 24. november
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09/07/2012   Nørgård på CD - Bestil eller download til særpris
Vi tilbyder 15% rabat på alle CD'er med musik af Per Nørgård i anledning af komponistens 80 års fødselsdag.
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05/07/2012   Her fejres Per Nørgårds 80 års dag
Se en oversigt over de koncerter og festivaler, som markerer Per Nørgårds 80 års fødselsdag
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05/07/2012   New video: Per Nørgård - LIBRA
View our video trailer from the recording sessions of Per Nørgård's vocal cycle Libra with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and tenor soloist Adam Riis
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10/01/2011   Two Dacapo favourites on international reviews site
The critics of MusicWeb International recently presented their lists of personal favourites among last year's releases.
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29/06/2016   Music Web

Symphony No. 4 (1981) [19:38] Symphony No. 5 (1987-1990, rev. 1991) [36:14]
"John Storgårds makes a strong case for these symphonies; the recording is among Dacapo’s best."
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04/06/2016   BBC 3

Per Nørgård: Symfonier 2 & 6, 4 & 5
”Hugely irregular waves, intense irregular pulses as if they come from an unpredictable geyser or a bubbling sea of lava […] Nørgård dares go to the edge of the volcano with the awareness that he can face it. [...] The performance from Oslo Philharmonic and John Storgårds is absolutely gripping [...] the recording is a stunner, too, with tremendous impact and immediacy.”
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24/05/2016   Der Neue Merker

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
"Jede meiner Sinfonien ist ein Kontinent für sich" meinte der dänische Komponist Per Nørgård (geb. 1932). Seine Musik entspringt einem unstillbaren Drang, die Phänomene dieser Welt und die musikalischen Möglichkeiten zu erkunden. Seine acht Sinfonien markieren wie Meilensteine seinen Werdegang durch sechs Jahrzehnte. Diese Aufnahme mit der Osloer Philharmonie unter John Storgårds präsentiert Per Nørgårds Zweite Symphonie, in der der Komponist seine berühmtes “ Unendlichkeitsprinzip“ euphorisch, ja fast psychedelisch zur Geltung bringt und seine Sechste Symphonie, in der sich der gereifte.
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09/05/2016   Politiken

Han har erobret kontinenter
6/6 Hjerter

"På vej mod de 84 står Per Nørgård badet i hæder og international anerkendelse. Komponistens symfonier er på niveau med forbilledet Sibelius' og vil med garanti blive spillet om 100 år."
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05/05/2016   David's Review Corner

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
[..]"All four works require an orchestra of outstanding quality which it finds in Oslo,"[..]"The sound quality is of exceptional clarity and spaciousness."
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05/05/2016   David's Review Corner

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
[..]"All four works require an orchestra of outstanding quality which it finds in Oslo,"[..], [..]"The sound quality is of exceptional clarity and spaciousness."
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02/05/2016   jcKlassisk

Til Per Nørgårds store fest
"Der er - ”når alt kommer til alt” - tale om et par fremragende cd’er både i den musikalske udfoldelse, som er imponerende og medrivende, og i den prægtige tekniske gengivelse. Der er så meget at gå på opdagelse i."
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02/05/2016   Klassisk

Nørgårds Symfoniske Verden Åbnet Op Igen
6/6 Stars

"På trods af, at symfonien er en tilstand, der er sig selv fra start til slut, lykkedes det rigtig smukt for Storgårds og de norske musikere at løfte nogle individuelle linjer op over tilstanden som insisterende udbrud og ren poesi."
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13/04/2016   Dagbladet

Samme hvor en snur seg i det nordiske landskapet, så ruver komponisten Per Nørgård
"Han meisler ut den musikalske formen og får den til å bære. En tendens er at kontrastene i hver av satsene og mellom dem har blitt mer markante. Men ellers er det ikke så mye felles ved dem, annet enn dette ene: de låter, alle som en, usvikelig som symfonier av Per Nørgård."
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11/04/2016   Vårt Land

Den kronisk nysgjerrige Per Nørgård
"Vi snakker om «magiske» krefter, det vil si Nørgård gjør det – musikk, ikke som en forvirrende­ mengde tilfeldigheter, kaos og uryddighet, men som bevisst sanseåpner. Oslo­­-filharmonikerne står for Nørgårds blå intensitet, dyrking av klanger lag på lag, tydelig i kantene, det vi sitter fremst på stolen for å hente inn i oss."
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16/12/2014   JC Klassisk

Per Nørgård: Symfonier 1 & 8
"Det er en fremragende cd, for Nørgårds orkesterpalet ligger godt for wienernes finpudsede klangstil."
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14/12/2014   Berlingske - ÅRETS BEDSTE 2014

Per Nørgård: Symfonier 1 & 8
"Nordisk naturlyrik og mild modernisme i skøn forening. Verdensorkestret er verdensmester i dansk musik."
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23/10/2014   NPR Music

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"It all sounds especially expressive in these performances."
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22/09/2014   Seismograf

Spejlingens genspejling
"I denne musik er den modernistiske tradition omkalfatret til uhåndgribelige musikalske fortællinger, om det der er lige for hånden og som altid straks glider ud mellem hænderne. Lyd gestaltet som liv."
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18/09/2014   Nutida Konstmusik

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"En ytterst relevant raritet."
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01/09/2014   Klassisk

To temperamenter
6/6 Stars

"Det er ofte ikke til at sige, om musikken går op eller ned, står stille eller bevæger sig - eller om det er det hele på én gang."
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29/08/2014   Gramophone - EDITOR'S CHOICE

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Great to see this superabundantly imaginative music being taken up by an institution as traditionally minded as the Vienna Philharmonic".
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27/08/2014   Hufvufstadsbladet

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Per Nørgårds musik är svårdefinierad men fascinerande i sin mångtydighet."
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01/08/2014   MusicWeb International - Recording of the Month

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Two very different works, supremely well played, conducted and recorded; surely one of the year's finest symphonic releases thus far."
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11/07/2014   theartsdesk.com

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Nørgård subtitled the three-movement work his Sinfonia austera, and its gruff, raw power still packs a punch – the dour honesty reflecting youthful idealism."
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24/06/2014   SA-CD.net

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"DaCapo's regular recording producer Preben Iwan and sound engineer Jens Jamin have delivered an excellent concert image of the VPO set in its famous long-box hall, full of Nørgårdian minute detail, yet fully allowing the orchestra to excite the hall's rich resonance. I can think of very few VPO recordings from bigger labels which sound so natural."
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18/06/2014   Kristeligt Dagblad

Per Nørgård hyldet i New York
4/6 Stars

"Sammen udgør de to symfonier en fin introduktion til Per Nørgårds univers, så at sige i hver sin ende af karrieren."
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16/06/2014   WQXR

World Premiere Recording of Per Nørgård's Robust, Brilliant Eighth Symphony
"Each note, each phrase, each movement seems guided by an overdetermining intelligence."
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16/06/2014   SINFINI MUSIC

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"If you discover only one living composer in 2014, make it Per Nørgård."
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12/06/2014   Berlingske

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
5/6 Stars

"Som en skabelse, en smuk fødsel, en omvendt naturkatastrofe."
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06/06/2014   Jyllands-Posten

En Vibrerende Understregning
"Nørgård løftes til det sublime af Oramos intelligente kunst, der lader musikken ånde gennem sin uforudsigelighed og saftige alvor."
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02/06/2014   POLITIKEN

Usædvanlig udgivelse cementerer danskers verdensry
5/6 Hjerter

"Cd’en er en rejse fra mørke til lys. Fra sort strenghed til glitrende leg."
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26/05/2014   Opus

Tilltalande Nerv
5/5 Stars

"Nørgårds klangvärld utforskas och dissekeras här så att verenda klar urskiljbar ton står för sig själv."
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21/05/2014   Gramophone

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
“Everything here is engaging and exciting”
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06/05/2014   Gramophone

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
“Alpha’s playing is as secure in soloistic as in ensemble terms”
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12/01/2014   The Classical reviewer

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
"Lovingly crafted arrangements and performances ... brilliantly played ... intoxicating and enchanting"
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22/12/2013   Jyllands-Posten

ALPHA: Through the Looking Glass
5/6 Stars

"Med håndbremsen sluppet lykkes det til fulde Alpha at forføre ørerne med en eminent opvisning i vedkommende samtidsmusik."
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01/08/2013   Gramophone

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
"A warm recommendation."
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03/06/2013   Ensemble Magazin (Tysk tidsskrift for kammermusik)

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
5/5 Stars

"Wer sich auch nur halbwegs für Gegenwartsmusik aus Dänemark interessiert, muss hier einfach zugreifen."
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29/05/2013   Gramophone

Per Nørgård: Songs from Evening Land - Helene Gjerris sings Per Nørgård
"A reference disc for collectors of Nørgård and serious contemporary song, and performances, recording and presentation all do the music proud."
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16/05/2013   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: Songs from Evening Land - Helene Gjerris sings Per Nørgård
"Gjerris’s performance of this demanding music is a tour de force.", "If you don’t know Nørgård’s music, this is a great place to begin."
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02/05/2013   Klassisk

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
5/6 Stars

"Denne cd's 50 bevægende minutter understreger, hvorfor Danmark i stigende grad misundes i ny musik-verdenen."
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27/04/2013   Headphone Commute

DIEM 25 Anniversary
"Fans of early electronica will enjoy."
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08/04/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten

Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen: Phantasmagoria
5/6 Stars

"Med smuk, forførende naturlighed misser Trio con Brio ingen pointer i de tre drømmende klavertrioer."
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08/03/2013   Gramophone

Per Nørgård: Libra
"Between the Danish National Vocal Ensemble's immaculate enunciation and Fredrik Malmberg's sensitive decrypting of Nørgård's multiple meanings, Nørgård's composition is revealed as being bold, beautiful and wise."
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01/03/2013   Diapason

Per Nørgård: Songs from Evening Land - Helene Gjerris sings Per Nørgård
4/5 Stars

"Intensité magnétique."
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01/03/2013   Classica

Per Nørgård: Libra & Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
3/4 Stars

Sceneries for percussion and ensemble: "Un saisissant moment de poésie contemporaine." Libra: "Non formatée et tres inspirée, envoûte par son aura particulière."
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01/02/2013   OPUS

Per Nørgård: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
6/6 Stars

"Det speciella polyrytmiska pendlandet ger karaktär, liksom de märkligt ylande berg-och-dalbane-effekter som uppkommer i samband med spel på såg. (Vad allt ska inte en percussionist kunna!)"
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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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28/01/2013   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: The Will-o'-the-Wisps-in-Town
"The performances are first rate and the sound is magnificent."
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28/01/2013   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
"Norgard has craft. The musicians are skilled as well, and the sound is a little on the cool side—it suits the music."
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28/01/2013   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: Libra
"If you’re fond of the music Kubrick used for 2001, you will love this."
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25/01/2013   SEISMOGRAF

Per Nørgård: Songs from Evening Land
"En fantastisk indspilning med sublime musikere og en sublim fortolkning af udvalgte værker for kammerensemble og vokalstemme fra Per Nørgårds mere end et halvt århundrede lange musikalske produktion."
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18/01/2013   Fanfare

Per Nørgård: The Will-o'-the-Wisps-in-Town
"Gjerris is so good that it is a pleasure simply to listen to her perform... As always with Dacapo, production values and presentation are first-rate."
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12/12/2012   Kristeligt Dagblad

Per Nørgård: Songs from Evening Land - Helene Gjerris sings Per Nørgård
4/6 Stars

"Nørgård er suggestiv, inciterende og i fornem symbiose med digterens ord.", "Vitaminer til hele vinteren."
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02/12/2012   Fyens Stiftstidende

Per Nørgård: Songs from Evening Land - Helene Gjerris sings Per Nørgård
5/6 Stars

"En ualmindelig dejlig indspilning.", "Fortryllende æterisk."
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01/12/2012   Gramophone

Per Nørgård: Will-o’-the-Wisps in Town
"Superb performance and recording, as usual from Dacapo."
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21/11/2012   GregersDH.dk (Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld blog)

Per Nørgård: Songs from Evening Land - Helene Gjerris sings Per Nørgård
5/5 Stars

"Fremragende vokale fortolkninger... Helene Gjerris behersker det svære stof med enestående indlevelse"
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16/11/2012   Weekendavisen

Per Nørgård: Songs from Evening Land - Helene Gjerris sings Per Nørgård
"Raffineret over al måde og djævleblændt robust...Helene Gjerris når alle de mål, denne musik sætter sig."
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11/10/2012   MusicWeb International

DIEM 25 Anniversary
"This is something which stimulates and educates.", "If you want to know what happened in Denmark after the Yamaha DX7 was relegated to a dusty cupboard, this is a hot place to find out."
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03/10/2012   Gramophone

DIEM 25 Anniversary
"An intelligently conceived musical idea is served by technology."
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07/09/2012   Jyllands-Posten

Per Nørgård: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
5/6 Stars

"...et vildnis af uventede idéer og genialt skæve linjer".
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23/08/2012   Classicalmodernmusic.blogspot

Per Nørgård: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
"His originality takes time to get with. This compilation is a fine place to start."
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16/08/2012   The Guardian (UK)

Per Nørgård: Will-o’-the-Wisps in Town
"Fascinatingly approachable."
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30/07/2012   Fyens Stiftstidende

Per Nørgård: Libra
4/6 Stars

"....med den Nørgårdske uendelighedsrække som bærende strukturprincip, oplever lytteren en svævende og kosmisk fornemmelse og løftes umærkeligt."
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20/07/2012   Jyllands-Posten

Per Nørgård: Libra
5/6 Stars

"Svimlende menneskelighed ... Nørgårds (...) vokalmusik (...) er karismatisk om noget og aldrig storladen eller medrivende pompøs".
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20/07/2012   Fyens Stiftstidende

Per Nørgård: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
4/6 Stars

"tilhøreren nærmest svæver på noderne."
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18/07/2012   Kristeligt Dagblad

Per Nørgård: Libra
4/6 Stars

"Lyder det fortænkt? Det er snarere gennemtænkt, som så mange af Per Nørgårds værker er det, gennemtænkte og gennemstrukturerede."
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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   La Scena Musicale

Accordion Concertos
4/5 Stars

"Like an aural set of Northern Lights... Weird and scintillating stuff."
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30/04/2012   WRUV Reviews

Accordion Concertos
"No oompah here, mostly gentle and lyrical. Nice!"
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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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05/05/2011   Diapason

Holmboe, Bruun, Norgard, Holten, Koppel, Jersild, Ruders Hymn to the Sun - Works for a cappella choir
"Les chemins parcourus tracent la carte d'une modenité subtilement tempérée à l'image des faisceaux de lumière qui traversent une belle matière chantée et parfois parlée dans la pièce de Vagn Holmboe."
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01/05/2011   Ritmo

Holmboe, Bruun, Norgard, Holten, Koppel, Jersild, Ruders: Solhymne - Værker for a cappella kor
4/4 Stars

"Mirado con distancia, este disco es fruto de la tradición coral danesa, una de las más potentes de toda Europa."
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17/12/2010   Classics Today

Per Nørgård: Piano Works
"This is a very enjoyable disc."
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16/12/2010   Fyens Stiftstidende

Hymn to the Sun - Works for a cappella choir
4/6 Stars

"Et homogent og velsammensunget ensemble, med en forbilledlig tekstudtale."
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10/11/2010   Musicweb International

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
"Exemplary playing and sonics (...) I daresay you’ll be coming back for more"
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01/11/2010   OPUS

Per Nørgård: Der Göttliche Tivoli
5/5 Stars

"Der Gottliche Tivoli är ett sanslöst vackert verk som det är svårt att sluta lyssna på."
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10/09/2010   Musicweb International

Per Nørgård: Der göttliche Tivoli
"a refreshing modern opera full of warmth, whimsy and weirdness. I implore you, try it"
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01/09/2010   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
"If you enjoy long, slow-to-unfold minimalist pieces like Riley's In C or Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, you will enjoy this"
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01/07/2010   Fanfare

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
"...enjoying the remarkable virtuosity - and endurance - of the ensemble (...) that is a remarkable experience"
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17/06/2010   Fanfare

Per Nørgård: Piano Works
"Nørgård's is a distinctive, personal voice... Pianist Erik Kaltoft's playing is clean and accurate"
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17/06/2010   The Whole Note

Per Nørgård: Der göttliche Tivoli
"The operatic rendition of Wölfli's life is mind-boggling in its musicality...a difficult yet intriguing adventure in the life of a troubled artist and the curious composer who was moved by his artistry."
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25/05/2010   klassik.com

Per Nørgård: Der Göttliche Tivoli
"Alles in allem: Eine rundum überzeugende Einspielung eines selten gespielten Musiktheaterwerks des 20. Jahrhunderts, das durchaus Überraschendes, Bewegendes, Skurriles, Lustiges und Groteskes zu bieten hat."
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07/05/2010   Klassisk

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
5/6 Hjerter

"Overalt indfinder Nørgårds adelsmærke sig - de omskiftelige tilstande, der i ét væk bølger én i møde og nogle gange ender med at vælte én omkuld. Oven i hatten er der som altid en kompleksitet at betages af og vende tilbage til. Mange gange."
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01/05/2010   Klassik.com

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
5/5 Stars

"Nørgård und das Percurama-Ensemble demonstrieren mit A Light Hour zweierlei: Den überragenden Rang des Komponisten als (Er-)Finder neuer Klänge und die keineswegs schon voll ausgeschöpften Möglichkeiten der Perkussions-Musik. Man höre und staune."
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01/05/2010   La Scena Musicale

Per Nørgård: Der göttliche Tivoli
5/5 Stars

"La distribution vocale est époustouflante et incroyablement bien rodée, nous permettant de plonger avec plaisir dans cet univers déroutant mais indéniablement fascinant."
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01/05/2010   Klassisk

Per Nørgård: Der göttliche Tivoli
4/5 Stars

"Der er tale om en teknisk fremragende udgave. Opførelsen er dynamisk og mister ikke intensiteten et øjeblik undervejs."
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04/04/2010   Diapason

Per Nørgård: Der göttliche Tivoli
4/5 Stars

"Une experience toujours très incarnée et vécue par ses protagonists à défaut d'avoir été d'une constant lisibilité."
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01/04/2010   www.allmusic.com

Per Nørgård: A Light Hour
5/5 Stars

It's friendly, inviting, and fun. The sound is nicely spacious and ambient.
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29/03/2010   Sequenza 21

Per Nørgård:Symphonies 3 and 7
"You hear everything that happens and everyone is performing on their highest level."
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29/03/2010   Sequenza 21

Per Nørgård: String Quartets 7, 8, 9 and 10
"The Kroger Quartet has chameleon-like powers of color shifting and timbral transformation."
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05/03/2010   Jyllands-Posten

Per Nørgård: Der göttliche Tivoli
"Det er et fascinerende værk."
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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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08/02/2010   Politiken

Per Nørgaard: Der göttliche Tivoli
4/6 Hjerter

"Det er utrolig varieret og meget veltimet. Den musikalske kvalitet er fornem."
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01/02/2010   Allmusic.com

Per Nørgård: Der göttliche Tivoli (The Divine Circus)
"The Divine Circus should be of interest to Nørgård's fans and opera lovers with a taste for extreme adventure."
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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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01/08/2009   Klassik.com

Per Nørgård: Piano Works
4/5 Stars

"Einem wunderbaren Fundus an Klanggesten, Melodien und rhythmischen Bewegungstypen."
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01/07/2009   Gramophone

Per Nørgård: Seadrift
"Substantial works ... Bente Vist is the radiant soprano ... Dacapo’s sound is first-rate."
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17/06/2009   Classics Today

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 3 & 7
"If you're looking for some really good contemporary music ... then this powerfully engineered production offers a perfect opportunity to satisfy your craving."
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23/10/2007   Politiken

Per Nørgård: Secret Melodies
6/6 Hjerter

”Alene for Albermans forbløffende violinspil i ’The Secret Melody’ bør alle høre denne cd- Koblet med flere fine kig ind i det nørgårdsk nysgerrige univers er Rolf Hinds klaverkunst alle pengene værd”
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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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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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01/06/2005   Politiken

Per Nørgård: Mythic Morning - Choral Works II
6/6 Hjerter

"Opførelsernes renhed, duftmættede klang og plastiske udtryksfuldhed er overvældende"
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06/10/2004   Politiken

Per Nørgård: Nuit des Hommes
4/6 Stars

”Dette er Nørgårds mest helstøbte opera overhovedet … Det er musik der gør ondt og kun mere, fordi den også er smuk”
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15/04/1995   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: Siddharta
"Superb performances."
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15/04/1995   Classical Music on the Web

Per Nørgård: Siddharta
"The recording is perfectly satisfactory and I am happy to recommend this essential acquisition for those interested to explore this improtant composer."
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15/09/1994   International Record Review

Blæserkvintetter
"The most immediately striking about this release is how wonderful it sounds...The playing is delightful."
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15/09/1994   American Record Review

Wind Quintets
"The Scandinavian Woodwind Quintet is a wonderful group that has one of the smoothest, best-blend sounds I have heard."
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15/09/1994   BBC Music Magazine

Wind Quintets
5 Stars


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Photo: Lars Skaaning

Discography

Symphonies 2 & 6
Symphonies 2 & 6
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220645 (2016)

Symphonies 4 & 5
Symphonies 4 & 5
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220646 (2016)

Symphonies 1 & 8
Symphonies 1 & 8
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220574 (2014)

The Vienna Philharmonic’s overwhelming recording of Per Nørgård’s newest sym¬phony (2011) and the debut symphony from the 1950s

Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass
Alpha

CD 8.226579 (2013)

Superior deployment of artistic freedom from the trio Alpha, who reinterpret modern works by among others Per Nørgård and Bent Sørensen

Phantasmagoria - Danish Piano Trios
Phantasmagoria - Danish Piano Trios
Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen

CD 8.226108 (2013)

Three masterworks by Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen and Bent Sørensen. Profound, sensual music with Nordic cool

Songs from Evening Land - Helene Gjerris sings Per Nørgård
Songs from Evening Land - Helene Gjerris sings Per Nørgård
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226060 (2012)

Intense, innovative songs and vocal works from half a century, recorded in close collaboration with the composer

Libra
Libra
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220622 (2012)

Enchanting vocal music with a vision of a world in ecstatic balance. A vocal tour de force in spectacular sound quality.

Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226092 (2012)

Four magical, virtuosic percussion works inspired by the forms of nature and eastern mysticism.

Electronic Music Produced at DIEM 1987-2012
Electronic Music Produced at DIEM 1987-2012
DIEM

CD 8.226559-60 (2012)

A cavalcade of electronic works created over 25 years by a wide selection of Danish composers at the Danish Institute for Electronic Music.

Will-o’-the-Wisps in Town; Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Will-o’-the-Wisps in Town; Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226085 (2012)

Chamber version of Per Nørgård’s left-field cantata based on Hans Christian Andersen’s crazy tale. DVD with documentary film about the performance enclosed!Chamber version of Per Nørgård’s left-field cantata based on Hans Christian Andersen’s crazy tale. DVD with documentary film about the performance enclosed!

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.

Hymn to the Sun - Works for a cappella choir
Hymn to the Sun - Works for a cappella choir
Holmboe, Bruun, Nørgård, Holten, Koppel, Jersild, Ruders

CD 8.226051 (2010)

The Danish National Vocal Ensemble in newer works by some of Denmark’s internationally renowned composers

Der göttliche Tivoli
Der göttliche Tivoli
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220572-73 (2010)

A marvellous portrayal of Swizz artist Adolf Wölfli and a key-work in Nordic music drama

A Light Hour
A Light Hour
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226100 (2010)

A world wide percussion journey brilliantly realized by Gert Mortensen and his ensemble Percurama

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

Piano Works
Piano Works
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226089 (2009)

Animals, friends and The Beatles appear on this collection of Nørgård’s imaginative piano music

Seadrift
Seadrift
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226067 (2009)

Three celestial, dazzlingly beautiful works for soprano that explore the harmony of the universe

Symphonies 3 and 7
Symphonies 3 and 7
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220547 (2009)

Sensational recording of Nørgård’s 7th Symphony and his epoch-making Symphony no. 3

String Quartets 7, 8, 9 and 10
String Quartets 7, 8, 9 and 10
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226059 (2008)

Nørgård’s latest string quartets recorded in close collaboration with four young musicians

Secret Melodies
Secret Melodies
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226037 (2007)

The English pianist Rolf Hind takes centre stage in works by Nørgård – and himself

Recycled
Recycled

CD 8.226539 (2006)

Modern recompositions of classical hits like "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee" and Monti’s "Czardas"

The Little Mermaid; The Will-o'-the-Wisps Go to Town
The Little Mermaid; The Will-o'-the-Wisps Go to Town
Bent Sørensen; Per Nørgård

CD 8.226046 (2006)

Two new Danish masterworks inspired by Hans Christian Andersen

Works for Harp and ensemble
Works for Harp and ensemble
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226039 (2006)

Magisk musik, der løfter harpen til spirituelle højder

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!

Circles
Circles

CD 8.226517 (2005)

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

Mythic Morning - Choral Works II
Mythic Morning - Choral Works II
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220510 (2005)

Virtuoso choral works – a beautiful, seductive introduction to Nørgård’s universe

Passage - Danish Piano Trios
Passage - Danish Piano Trios
Trio Ondine

CD 8.226009 (2005)

Danish piano trios throughout a century, including an unknown work of Carl Nielsen’s youth

Nuit des Hommes
Nuit des Hommes
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226011 (2004)

Per Nørgård’s shattering anti-war opera for two singers with texts by Apollinaire

Breath and Wings
Breath and Wings
Jens Schou

CD 8.226507 (2004)

Improvisation music and new works for clarinet

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

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Per Nørgård

CD 8.226014 (2003)

Three unique orchestral pieces, including the watershed Voyage into the Golden Screen

Songs
Songs
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224170 (2002)

Per Nørgård himself accompanies on this unique recording of his songs

Singe die Gärten
Singe die Gärten
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224115 (1999)

Fascinating, seductive music with the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Ars Nova

Oboe and Piano
Oboe and Piano

CD 8.224043 (1996)

Luna; Symphony No. 3; Twilight
Luna; Symphony No. 3; Twilight
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224041 (1996)

Works for Cello
Works for Cello
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224007 (1995)

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

A Drummer's Tale, episode one
A Drummer's Tale, episode one
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224024-25 (1995)

A vigorous collaboration between the percussionist Gert Sørensen and Nørgård, who himself plays keyboards and sings

Siddharta
Siddharta
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224031-32 (1995)

Wind Quintets
Wind Quintets

CD 8.224001 (1994)

Carl Nielsen’s masterpiece and more recent quintets by Abrahamsen, Holmboe and Nørgård

Music for Guitar
Music for Guitar
Rovsing Olsen, Nørholm, Nørgård, Gerfors, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

DCCD 9316 (1993)

Gilgamesh; Voyage Into the Golden Screen
Gilgamesh; Voyage Into the Golden Screen
Per Nørgård

DCCD 9001 (1992)

Concertos
Concertos
Per Nørgård

DCCD 9002 (1992)


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