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Thomas Dausgaard   (Born 1963)

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Thomas Dausgaard became Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in August 2004. The orchestra has developed impressively under his leadership, embracing his energy and creativity. With Dausgaard they tour world-wide, performing in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam and London and they have also recorded extensively together. Of particular note is their disc of Nielsen works which was nominated for a 2007 Gramophone award. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra has also flourished under Dausgaard’s direction since he took up his position there in 1997. Having brought this group from a regional orchestra to international attention over the past decade, he and the orchestra have recorded all of Beethoven’s orchestral music for Simax, and they continue to record prolifically, breaking with tradition as a chamber orchestra to record all of Schumann’s symphonies and a selection of symphonies from Dvorák, Schubert, Schumann and Bruckner for BIS.

Thomas Dausgaard guest conducts several of the world’s leading orchestras. Recent and future guest conducting highlights include engagements with Vienna Symphony Orchestra (both at the Musikverein and the Vienna Konzerthaus), Berlin Konzerthausorchester, SWR Stuttgart, Czech Philharmonic, Verdi Orchestra Milano and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic amongst others. He works with the leading Scandinavian Orchestras, including the Swedish Radio, Oslo and Stockholm Philharmonics. In the UK, Dausgaard works with the Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and he returns to the Proms in 2010 with both the Danish National Symphony and Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Thomas Dausgaard also conducts regularly in North America. He has worked with many of the major orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra. The current season has included a return to the Toronto Symphony, where he conducted a hugely successful Sibelius cycle which received the highest critical acclaim, and concerts with the Seattle Symphony, where Dausgaard was praised by the Seattle Times for his ‘distinguished interpretations’. Dausgaard also makes regular appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and in the 10/11 season, he will make his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Thomas Dausgaard already has a discography of more than 30 recordings with companies such as Dacapo Records, Chandos, Simax and EMI Medley. His recent releases have included Nielsen and Langgaard works for Dacapo and Berlioz for Chandos. His much praised DVD recording of Langgaard’s opera Antikrist on the Dacapo label won ‘DVD of the Year’ at the 2005 International Internet Awards.

Live Dates

03/05/2012   Langgaard's 11th Symphony at the BBC Proms 2012
Til sommer vil Rued Langgaards musik igen lyde i Royal Albert Hall som del af BBCs berømte række af promenadekoncerter, The BBC Proms.
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10/10/2011   Gramophone feature: "Everyones talking about Nielsen"
Complex and contradictory, Nielsen's wide output has been sidelined for more than half a century. But, argues Andrew Mellor from Gramophone, we might at last be on the brink of a major, reputation-shifting Nielsen revival. Read the article here
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02/02/2011   Two Danish nominees for BBC Awards
Two Dacapo recordings with music by Rued Langgaard and Poul Ruders respectively have been nominated for the perstiguous BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011. You can vote too!
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30/08/2010   Historic Langgaard debut at BBC Proms
English critics agree: last week's BBC Proms concert was the definitive international breakthrough of the Danish outsider composer Rued Langgaard
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06/08/2010   Langgaard and Dausgaard conquer London
Rued Langgaard's grandiose "Music of the Spheres" is given its UK premiere almost a century late at this year's BBC Prom 35 - and now appears on a new CD
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02/08/2010   New videos: Music of the Spheres
Promotion video from the recording sessions for Rued Langgaard's "Music of the Spheres" - and a bonus story told by Per Nørgård
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28/06/2009   Dausgaard on Langgaard

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26/07/2016   Gramophone

BENT SØRENSEN | PETER ASMUSSEN Sounds Like You
"It’s remarkable that Sørensen’s spatial ‘concerto for orchestra, choir, actors and audience’, which calls for actors and singers planted throughout the audience of a vineyard concert hall (where everyone can see everyone else) has transferred so well to CD. Sørensen pulls off a characteristic trick here: doing new, unusual and surprising things that manage entirely to avoid gimmickry."
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29/06/2016   Berlingske

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN Incontri
5/6 Stars

[..] "Vel allermest bevægende på CDen med BBC Symphony Orchestra under ledelse af danske Thomas Dausgaard: »Incontri« fra 2010 forbliver et af de flotteste orkesterværker på dansk jord. Selv den store »Symphoni, Antifoni« fra 1977 holder fra ende til anden. Han økonomiserer meget med lyden i begge værker. Bruger nogle helt bestemte toner og springer altså andre toner over. Resultatet er en poesi med fokus på lyden i sig selv. Lyden som en art objekt i egen ret. Nogle gange gribende smukt. Altid tankevækkende og insisterende på noget så umoderne som den kritiske eftertanke."
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14/03/2016   MusicWeb International

BENT SØRENSEN | PETER ASMUSSEN: Sounds Like You
"Everything is subtly integrated and nothing is wasted, with form, flow and expressive shape all carrying us through a strange and not always comfortable world, but one in which we linger with singular delight. I sincerely commend it to your attention."
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03/09/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

Bent Sørensen: Sounds Like You
5/6 Stars

”På samme tid skaber Bent Sørensen dybt fascinerende fortællinger, hvor strejf af noget genkendeligt bryder flygtigt gennem overfladen som flyvefisk eller lysglimt i et konstant omskiftende miljø.”
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01/01/2013   MusicWeb International

Rued Langgaard: The Symphonies
"Music of near genius, quirk and quiddity; this bumper set has it all.", "Dacapo’s Super Audio recording is very impressive indeed."
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30/05/2012   American Record Guide

Riisager: Orchestral Works
"It has a rich, full-bodied sound."
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05/02/2012   Classics Today (10/10)

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
"If you haven't yet heard these performances, then this set will be a mandatory acquisition, particularly if you want to get a big chunk of Nielsen in a single shot"
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28/11/2011   Pizzicato

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
5/5 Stars

"Schønwandt zeigt mit seinem Nielsen, dass die bei anderen Dirrigenten festgestellte Klangopulenz die sechs Symphonien des Dänen zwar spektakulär werden lässt, dabei jedoch unendlich viele Details untergehen, die die Musik unerhört reich werden lassen."
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12/09/2011   Classics Today France (10/10)

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Pour ceux qui connaissent déjà l'univers de ce Scriabine nordique, par exemple à travers l'opéra Antikrist, ce SACD sera du pur bonbon."
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12/09/2011   Søndag

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
"Noget af det mest kraftfulde og livsbekræftende inden for nyere skandinavisk komposition"
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31/08/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
5/6 Stars

"Pragtfulde værker, spillet med saft og kraft, lige fra forspillet til Maskarade til Helios-ouverturen"
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25/03/2011   MusicWeb International

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
CD of the Month - March 2011 "Absolutely not to be missed!"
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13/03/2011   Klassik.com

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Es gelingt hervorragend, die Qualitäten von Langgaards Musik aufs Beste zu akzentuieren."
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25/02/2011   Fanfare

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Works of genius, or manifestations of madness-or both-these at the least are compelling listening."
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25/02/2011   Fanfare

Knudåge Riisager: Orchestral Works
"Riisager's orchestrations are uniformly brilliant, his lovely melodies charming or nostalgic."
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11/01/2011   Classique Info

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Thomas Dausgaard propose ici une version moins spectaculaire, plus mystique et peut-être en définitive plus satisfaisante"
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10/11/2010   Dagens Nyheter

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
4/5 Stars

"Verket i sig väckte en fascination som inneburit en oväntad försäljningsframgång för den inspelning som utkommit."
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01/11/2010   OPUS

Knudåge Riisager: Orchestral Works
5/5 Stars

"Underbara bekantskaper!"
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01/11/2010   OPUS

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
5/5 Stars

OPUS Rekommanderar - "Framförandet är i superklass och inspelningen helt fenomenal ... Ändå, Årets CD!"
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01/11/2010   Gramophone

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Superbly played and recorded disc ... Highly recommended."
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27/10/2010   Gapplegate Music Review

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"The performances are excellent and the sound is good."
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11/10/2010   BBC Music Magazine

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
5/5 Stars

"Stunningly ambitious and well-executed...Amazing."
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29/09/2010   Fyens Stiftstidende

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
5/5 Stars

"Takket være Thomas Dausgaards enorme overblik og dybe indsigt står hver en passage lysende klart."
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29/09/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
4/5 Stars

"Et flot requiem af en af Danmarks mest spændende komponister"
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29/09/2010   Los Angeles Times

Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies
"These are works of generous spirit, melodies spilling out, harmonies going in slightly unusual places, pleasing to the ear and spirit. They are of their time, gorgeously played and warmly recorded by the Danish label DaCapo."
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29/09/2010   NPR

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"If there was ever any music suitable for a planetarium, this is it!"
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14/09/2010   Classics Today (10/10)

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"The music is terrific and wholly gripping ... stunningly recorded and beautifully performed ... A truly awesome event" 10/10 - CD OF THE MONTH OCTOBER 2010
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08/09/2010   Jyllands-Posten

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"En gave til et nyt stort publikum."
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06/09/2010   Klassisk

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
5/5 Stars

"Som lytter løftes man med og op på denne intense bølge af vellyd."
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16/08/2010   Musikansich.de

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
6/6 Stars

"Sphärenmusik darf beanspruchen, eines der merkwürdigsten und fantastischen Werke des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts zu sein."
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13/08/2010   Berlingske Tidende

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
"Hør den endelig!"
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13/08/2010   Politiken

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
4/6 Hjerter

“Musikken klang så himmelsk og diffus i Royal Albert Halls særprægede akustik, som den vel overhovedet kan komme til.”
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12/08/2010   Information

Rued Langgaard: Music og the Spheres
“De gjorde det alle fremragende oppe på podiet under Thomas Dausgaard, og publikum tog mærkbart den ejendommelige musik til sig.”
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17/06/2010   Audiophile Audition

Knudåge Riisager: Orchestral Music
5/5 Stars

"One of the loveliest ballet selections I've had the pleasure to hear. And the orchestra plays with great savoir faire."
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01/06/2010   Audiophil

Asger Hamerik: Symfonierne
"Faszinierender Intensität und ergreifender Schönheit."
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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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09/03/2010   Classics Today

Knudåge Riisager: Orchestral Works
“This reissue gives new life to a delightful disc that anyone who loves, say, Ravel and early 20th century French ballet will find absolutely irresistible."
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01/02/2010   Gramophone

Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies
"Top-notch sound from Dacapo makes this a highly enjoyable set."
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01/01/2010   International Record Review

Kronos plays Holmgreen
"Fearless performances are in evidence throughout"
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25/11/2009   Musicweb International

Asger Hamerik: The Symphonies
"Dacapo do their usual truly outstanding job in documenting these discs..."
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01/07/2009   Gramophone

Rued Langgaard: The Symphonies
"Dausgaard, Danish Radio and Dacapo do the cycle proud."
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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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02/03/2009   American Record Guide

Kronos plays Holmgreen
"I don't think I've heard the Kronos Quartet sounding better than this"
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03/02/2009   Politiken

Rued Langgaard: The Symphonies
5/6 Hjerter

"Samtlige 16 svulmende, velorkestrerede orkesterudsagn er hermed indspillet. Langgaard-fans, kom ud af skabene og tag for jer!"
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16/01/2009   Classics Today

Rued Langgaard: The Symphonies
"It's great to see a national label working so hard and so successfully to preserve its cultural heritage."
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01/10/2007   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: Orchestral Music
EDITOR'S CHOICE - "This is outstanding..."
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30/01/2007   Politiken

Carl Nielsen: Orchestral Music
5/6 Hjerter

"Ligesom i forspillet og den kække 'Hanedans' fra 'Maskerade' behandler Thomas Dausgaard musikken klart og muskuløst. Det er energiske fortolkninger med minimale mængder af lommeuld"
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13/01/2005   Politiken

Hans Abrahamsen: Orchestral Works
6/6 Stars

”Få danske komponister fortjener mere end Hans Abrahamsen en orkester-cd, men hans lige så sparsomme som udsøgte produktion gør det svært at fylde den ud. Det er her smukt løst ved at supplere med de raffineret personlige bearbejdelser af andres musik”
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15/02/2002  

Asger Hamerik: Symphonies 5-6
DANISH MUSIC AWARD 2002
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15/02/2002   Berlingske Tidende

Asger Hamerik: Symphonies 5-6
"Musikken er i glimrende hænder hos Thomas Dausgaard og Helsingborg Symfoniorkester, ligesom optagelserne er af eksemplarisk kvalitet."
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17/01/2002   Classics Today (10/10)

Asger Hamerik: Symphonies 5-6
"Most certainly deserves a place in your CD collection."
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15/03/1996  

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
DANISH GRAMMY AWARD
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15/03/1996   The Oakland Tribune

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"The quality of Kunzen’s music is so high, this is like discovering a mature Mozart work."
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15/03/1996   Classical Pulse

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"Another marvelous discovery from Dacapo."
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15/03/1996  

F.L.Ae. Kunzen Holger Danske
AMERICAN GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE
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15/03/1996   Fanfare

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"If I don't include this recording in my year-end list of preferences, may my right hand forget its cunning."
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15/03/1996   American Record Guide

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"This recording is first-rate."
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15/03/1996   Opera News

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"With masterful conducting by Thomas Dausgaard, an orchestra of international caliber and recording of wide dynamic range and good balance, Holger Danske has the makings of a real sleeper."
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15/03/1996   BBC Music Magazine

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
5 Stars

"This is a fascinating and hugely enjoyable set."
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15/03/1996   Orpheus

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"Dank an dacapo dieses Schmuckstück ausgegraben zu haben."
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15/03/1996   Répertoire

F.L.Ae. Kunzen: Holger Danske
"A major discovery. This is a truly fascinating and worthy work in an exemplary production and presentation. Check it out."
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Photo: Per Morten Abrahamsen

Discography

Incontri
Incontri
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

CD 8.226120 (2016)

Sounds Like You
Sounds Like You
Bent Sørensen | Peter Asmussen

SACD 6.220632 (2015)

The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.206002 (2011)

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra's hailed recordings of Nielsen's orchestral music, including the six symphonies on both CD and DVD, now beautifully boxed

Music of the Spheres
Music of the Spheres
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220535 (2010)

Rued Langgaard’s most visionary works form the impressive conclusion to Dacapo’s acclaimed Dausgaard-Langgaard cycle

Antikrist
Antikrist
Rued Langgaard

BD 2.110409BD (2010)

Blu-ray version of the acclaimed DVD production of Rued Langgaard's doomsday opera

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Knudåge Riisager

SACD 6.220584 (2010)

A sparkling SACD re-issue of Riisager's most colourful Neo-Classicist works

The Symphonies [4-SACD Box set]
The Symphonies [4-SACD Box set]
Asger Hamerik

SACD 6.200002 (2009)

Denmark’s most international 19th-century composer steps out in all his romantic orchestral glory

The Key Masterpieces
The Key Masterpieces
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.226103-04 (2009)

A portrait of the key figure of Danish National Romanticism, who embraced all genres

The Symphonies [7-SACD box set]
The Symphonies [7-SACD box set]
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.200001 (2009)

All Langgaard’s 16 symphonies collected in one beautiful box; a watershed release!

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

Symphonies 15-16
Symphonies 15-16
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220519 (2008)

The last two symphonies and a handful of short pieces by the Romantic firebrand Langgaard

Kronos plays Holmgreen
Kronos plays Holmgreen
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

SACD 6.220548 (2008)

The world-famous American Kronos Quartet plays three of Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s lush works

Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 1
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220525 (2008)

The amazing breakthrough work by the child prodigy Langgaard is still Denmark’s biggest symphony

Symphonies No. 2 and 3
Symphonies No. 2 and 3
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220516 (2007)

Two of Langgaard’s most colourful, optimistic symphonies

Vølvens spådom
Vølvens spådom
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.226061 (2007)

Old Norse visions and National-Romantic overtures about the heroes of the Viking Age

Orchestral Music
Orchestral Music
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220518 (2007)

Prizewinning collection of Carl Nielsen’s shorter orchestral pieces – a revelation

Romantic Trombone Concertos
Romantic Trombone Concertos

SACD 6.220526 (2006)

One of the world’s best trombonists shines in works by among others Holmboe and Launy Grøndahl

Symphonies 12-14
Symphonies 12-14
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220517 (2006)

Three symphonies that cover the whole field of Langgaard’s corrosive, schizophrenic view of music

Antikrist
Antikrist
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220523-24 (2006)

The SACD production of Rued Langgaard's magnificent doomsday vision. allegorical opera

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

The Little Match Girl; Die Seejungfrau
The Little Match Girl; Die Seejungfrau
August Enna; Alexander Zemlinsky

CD 8.226048 (2006)

Zemlinsky meets Danish opera in a double tribute to Hans Christian Andersen

Choral-Symphony; Requiem
Choral-Symphony; Requiem
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.226033 (2006)

A full-blown romantic masterpiece by Berlioz’ favourite Danish pupil

Antikrist (DVD)
Antikrist (DVD)
Rued Langgaard

DVD 2.110402 (2005)

Langgaard’s ecstatic vision of doom in prizewinning recording. Indescribable!

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Hans Abrahamsen

CD 8.226010 (2004)

Major works by the enigmatic master of contemporary Danish music

Symphonies 4-5
Symphonies 4-5
Rued Langgaard

CD 8.224215 (2002)

¨The first recording ever of the two very different versions of the Fifth Symphony, as well as the masterpiece Leaf Fall

Symphonies 5-6
Symphonies 5-6
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.224161 (2001)

Winner of Danish Release of the Year (2002)! Two magnificent symphonies from the 1890s

Symphonies 9-11
Symphonies 9-11
Rued Langgaard

CD 8.224182 (2001)

The six-minute Symphony no. 11, Ixion, is intensely minimal music from 1944

Symphonies 6-8
Symphonies 6-8
Rued Langgaard

CD 8.224180 (2001)

First CD in the definitive series of recordings of Langgaard’s strange and wonderful symphonies

Ouvertures
Ouvertures
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.224097 (1998)

Danish High Romanticism when it is best and most itself – not least in the national treasure The Golden Horns

Symphonies 3-4
Symphonies 3-4
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.224088 (1998)

Romantic music in the grand style. Symphonie Majestueuse (no. 4) is dedicated to King Christian IX

Symphonies 1-2
Symphonies 1-2
Asger Hamerik

CD 8.224076 (1997)

First recording of Symphonies 1 & 2 by the roving Asger Hamerik, a pupil of Berlioz pursuing a great career in the USA

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Knudåge Riisager

CD 8.224082 (1997)

Riisager’s music has the same esprit as his French models, not least in his infectious ballet music from the 1930s

Symphonies 1-2
Symphonies 1-2
J.P.E. Hartmann

CD 8.224042 (1996)

Holger Danske
Holger Danske
F.L.Ae. Kunzen

CD 8.224036-37 (1995)


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