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Peter Arnold Heise   (1830 - 1879)

composer

Heise holds a place of honour in the pantheon of Danish music for his "romances" (i.e. Danish Lieder) and for the national opera Drot og Marsk (King and Marshal). It is often overlooked that Heise was an internationally oriented composer, and that he also composed a symphony and a score of outstanding chamber works. In Heise's several hundred romances melody, harmony, accompaniment and the choice of texts together reach the zenith of this genre in Denmark. This was already acknowledged in his own time, and his romances have never been out of the Danish repertoire. Drot og Marsk is undoubtedly the best Danish opera of the nineteenth century, and apart from a few folk ballad elements the opera, about the murder of a medieval Danish king, is in the international style and format. Heise's piano quintet of 1869 is probably also the best Danish example of this genre. Heise was a modest man, lived a financially independent life in the provinces, and died far too early at the age of 49. These are crucial factors explaining why his output did not make as much of an impact as it might, either in terms of quantity or of familiarity with his music abroad. If Heise's romances had been written to German texts, he would have been sure of international fame.

Live Dates

06/05/2014   Gramophone

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
"Under Hillier’s direction, Ars Nova Copenhagen perform a cappella, with meticulously shaded dynamics, articulation and colour."
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04/05/2014   Diapason

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
5/5 Stars

"Les membres de Ars Nova Copenhagen respirent et phrasent d'une seule voix."
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01/03/2014   Choir & Organ

Peter Heise: Songs for Male Voices
5/5 Stars

"Great SACD sound, full of texture and individuation."
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16/02/2014   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
5/6 Stars

"Nænsomme, fine og forførende udgaver.", "Weyse, Gade og Nielsen smiler med i graven".
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13/02/2014   Politiken

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
4/6 Hjerter

"En nærmest ufattelig perfektion præger hele CD'en."
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01/02/2014   International Record Review

Peter Heise: Songs for Male Voices
"Easy on the ear, and expertly written for men's voices.", "With such names you'd expect a fine standard, and you certainly get it, and in splendid sound too."
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30/09/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Peter Heise: Songs for Male Voices
4/6 Stars

"Med Schønwandt i spidsen er det musikalske håndværk mere end i orden, og de muskuløse mandsstemmer udstanser Heises pointer i en klart artikuleret stil."
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18/10/2010   MusicWeb

Heise, Weise & Lange-Müller: Love Songs
“Mathias Hedegaard makes the most of these songs and the recording is out of Dacapo’s top drawer.”
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07/05/2010   Århus Stiftstidende

Heise, Weyse and Lange-Müller: Love Songs
"Den unge tenor Mathias Hedegaard har stemmen og klangen til at bære sangene frem på en måde, der både respekterer og forfrisker."
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18/04/2010   Dansk Musik Tidsskrift

Love Songs
"Mathias Hedegaard har en naturlig sans for disse sange. Hans stemme er fast og præcis med en ung, overtonerig klang. Tove Lønskov akkompagnerer med stort pianistisk overskud, og hun lever med i alle de mindste musikalske og tekstnære nuancer."
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03/03/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Love Songs - Mathias Hedegaard and Tove Lønskov
5/5 Stars

"Hvor er det dog en pragtfuld udgivelse, som tenoren Mathias Hedegaard og pianisten Tove Lønskov sammen har begået (...) En noget nær perfekt CD."
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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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15/05/1992   HiFi Vision

Peter Arnold Heise: Chamber Music
"Eine Perle."
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Discography

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
Various

SACD 6.220568 (2014)

Paul Hillier’s interpretations of choral classics by among others Gade, Carl Nielsen and Weyse sung to perfection by Ars Nova Copenhagen

Songs for Male Voices
Songs for Male Voices
Peter Heise

SACD 6.220598 (2013)

Charming choral songs and quartets from the Danish Golden age. Long live woman, art and the fatherland!

Love Songs
Love Songs
Heise, Weyse & Lange-Müller

CD 8.226141 (2010)

Love songs by three masters of Danish Romanticism performed by Mathias Hedegaard

Tornerose
Tornerose
Peter Heise

CD 8.554967 (2000)

The Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeping Beauty
Peter Heise

CD 8.224132 (2000)

Romantiske koncertstykker for soli, kor og orkester

Det bedste fra Den danske Guldalder
Det bedste fra Den danske Guldalder

CD 8.224145-47 (1999)

3-cd boks med 40 stykker musik fra midten af 1800-tallet, en gylden æra i dansk kultur

Cello Miniatures
Cello Miniatures
Børresen, Emborg, Heise, Fabricius, L.Glass, L. Nielsen

CD 8.224092 (1998)

Stylish, elegant music by Danish composers from around 1900

Organ Works
Organ Works
Camillo Carlsen

CD 8.224089 (1998)

Late Romantic organ music by Langgaard, Heise and the neglected Camillo Carlsen

Songs
Songs
Lange-Müller and Heise

CD 8.224065 (1997)

Songs
Songs
Lange-Müller & Heise

CD 8.224033 (1997)

Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Peter Arnold Heise

DCCD 9113 (1992)


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