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The Royal Danish Orchestra has played a dominant role in Danish cultural life for more than 500 years. In 1448, immediately after the Coronation of King Christian I, a Royal corps of trumpeters and drummers was established in Denmark. The present Orchestra has its roots back in that event. The Royal Theatre was opened in 1748, and in 1770 the Orchestra was given a permanent position there and in reality was the only symphony orchestra in Denmark up until 1850.

In recent years Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Sir George Solti, Jerzy Semkov and Michael Tilson Thomas have conducted the Orchestra. The Royal Danish Orchestra has toured with great success in Japan, Australia, England and the Baltic countries. In 1992 the Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund took up the position as artistic director of the Orchestra, and together they recorded Carl Nielsen’s symphonies. With the artistic director Michael Schønwandt, the Orchestra has recorded C.E.F. Weyse’s seven symphonies. Both recordings have won awards in Denmark and abroad.

Live Dates

30/08/2016   Die Deutche Bühne

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
“Die filmisch hervorragend reproduzierte Inszenierung von David Pountney erzält in Breitwandformat”
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30/08/2016   SWR 2

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
”Lohnenswert und anregend.”
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30/08/2016   Kurier für Karlsruhe

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
“Eine qualitative herausragende Aufnahme unter Leitung von Michael Schønwandt, die bestens dazu angetan ist, für hierzulande eher unbelichtete Werk zu werben.”
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30/08/2016   OperaLounge

Hexe auf dem Fahrrad
”Michael Sch?nwandt ist der einfühlsame Sachwalter für diese Musik.”
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30/08/2016   Concerti

Nielsens Archaik
4/5 Stars

”Michael Schønwandt am Pult des mit brillianten Streichern aufwartenden Royal Danish Orchestra gestaltet die Melange aus archaischer Wucht, tänzerischer Eleganz und neoklassisch klarer Figuranenanalyse mit einer hervorragendem Ensemble sinnlich und nuanciert.”
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22/07/2016   Avant Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "Si la précision musicale et la prise de son ne peuvent rivaliser avec celles de l’enregistrement studio, voilà néanmoins le témoignage d’une soirée on ne peut plus festive."
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12/07/2016   Avant Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
[..] "Pour l'interprétation magistrale de Johan Reuter et la direction vibrante de Michael Schønwandt, ce premier DVD de l'œuvre s'impose avec évidence."
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07/07/2016   ConcertoNet.com

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
[..] "The performances are on the whole impressive. Johan Reuter is one of today’s top baritones and he gives a thoroughly committed performance in the title role. Niels Jørgen Riis has a tenor that glows ecstatically [..]. Bass Morten Staugaard is most impressive as Samuel. The young Norwegian baritone, Leif Jone Ølberg, displays a notably attractive voice as Abner." [..]
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31/05/2016   The Wholenote

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
"This exciting DVD presents Carl Nielsen’s remarkable opera Saul and David (1901) recorded live at the Royal Danish Opera, in a production celebrating Nielsen’s 150th birthday. It offers a stellar cast, Michael Schønwandt’s brilliant conducting, David Pountney’s provocative stage direction and optional English or Danish subtitles."[..]
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07/04/2016   MusicWeb International

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"...admiration for a magnificent cast putting their all into a remarkable piece of early Nielsen, […] The upside of this performance is the quality of singing by both soloists and chorus and the magnificently powerful orchestra under the inspired direction of Michael Schønwandt."
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01/04/2016   Classica

Carl Nielsen Saul & David
4/4 Stars

[..] "Une réussite."
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02/03/2016   Forum Opera

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
"Quant au Saül de Johan Reuter, ses qualités d'acteur impressionnent sans doute davantage que ses pures forces vocales, mais il n'en compose pas moins un mémorable personnage ravagé par le doute et la jalousie."
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02/02/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"På plussiden må noteres, at en række af legebarnet Pountneys påhit er meget virkningsfulde. Og hvad det musikalske angår er alt i de bedste hænder hos Det Kongelige Kapel og Operakor, dirigeret af Nielsen-specialisten Michael Schønwandt."
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01/02/2016   Klassisk

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"Saul er en splittet person, Johan Reuter fremstiller ham formidabelt. Michael Schønwandt skaber musikalsk perfekt indlevelse."
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03/01/2012   Opera

Poul Ruders: Selma Jekozà
"...an outstanding record of a quite extraordinary work. I can't recommend it too highly"
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05/12/2011   American Record Guide

Bo Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician
"The performance and production are beyond reproach. Camera work keeps the singers in almost constant close-ups, and their acting is compelling. So is their singing."
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21/11/2011   Gramophone

Bo Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician
"Holten has produced a serious, thought-provoking drama and as such it is not to be underestimated."
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30/08/2011   Classica

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
3/5 Stars

"Équipe de la creation danoise parfaite"
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16/08/2011   TimeOut Chicago Review

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
4/5 Stars

"Lead Ylva Kihlberg’s unwavering soprano stands as the vocal highlight of the performance"
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30/06/2011   International Record Review

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
"The whole production is a triumph of dramatic focus and concentration ... If a UK staging of Selma Jezková is not already scheduled, it certainly ought to be."
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01/06/2011   David's Review Corner

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
"One act operas have been singularly unsuccessful in the history of opera, but this compelling story may prove the exception".
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19/07/2010   Records International

Bo Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician
"A compelling and emotionally gripping opera in the finest tradition of the genre."
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11/06/2010   Nordjyske Stiftstidende

Bo Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician
5 Stars

"Man kan kun glæde sig over DVD'ens udsøgte kvalitet."
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07/05/2010   Klassisk

Bo Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician
4 Stars

"Smukkere kærlighedshistorie skal man lede længe efter"
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01/04/2010   Ballet Review

Poul Ruders: Kafka's Trial and Four Dances
"Knussen and his Birminghamforces give their all throughout."
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Discography

Saul og David
Saul og David
Carl Nielsen

DVD 2.110412 (2015)

Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
Poul Ruders

DVD 2.110410 (2011)

Poul Ruders' heart-rending opera from 2010 based on Lars von Trier's film "Dancer in the Dark"

The Visit of the Royal Physician (DVD)
The Visit of the Royal Physician (DVD)
Bo Holten

DVD 2.110408 (2010)

Bo Holten's new and greatly received opera on DVD recorded live from the Royal Opera in Copenhagen

Maskarade (DVD)
Maskarade (DVD)
Carl Nielsen

DVD 2.110407 (2007)

The Danish "national opera" in a rebellious, witty new interpretation

Kafka's Trial
Kafka's Trial
Poul Ruders

CD 8.226042-43 (2006)

The vibrant successor to Ruders’ world success The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
Poul Ruders

CD 8.224165-66 (2001)

Vor tids stærkeste opera – et genialt og rystende værk

Symphonies Nos. 6-7
Symphonies Nos. 6-7
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224014 (1995)

First recording of Weyse’s two greatest symphonies

Symphonies Nos. 4-5
Symphonies Nos. 4-5
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224013 (1995)

Vienna Classicism from the 1790s with a Nordic accent

Symphonies Nos. 1-3
Symphonies Nos. 1-3
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224012 (1994)

The first full-scale Danish symphonies, inspired by Haydn and Mozart

Vocal and Instrumental Works
Vocal and Instrumental Works
Bernhard Lewkovitch

DCCD 9207-08 (1993)


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