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Symphonies 1 and 4

Carl Nielsen

Ruthless but innocent – like a child playing with dynamite.” Thus wrote the Danish press at the first performance of Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1 in 1894. This acclaimed recording cycle by the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert shows Denmark’s national composer as one of the wildest and most dynamic composers of early modernism.

"The most thrilling of modern accounts" Gramophone

 

 

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String Quartets Vol. 3

Rued Langgaard

Here is third and concluding release in Dacapo's acclaimed CD series comprising Rued Langgaard's complete strings quartets. The series has just earned the Nightingale String Quartet the award 'Young Artist of the Year' at this year's Gramophone Awards. Recorded for this CD is the fifth quartet and a premiere recording of Langgaard's very first string quartet, which the composer began at the age of 21 in 1914. Like the subsequent quartets it is shot through with moving musical references to the fateful summer the year before, when the composer met the (hopeless) love of his life.

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Requiem

John Frandsen

This world premiere recording presents the Danish composer John Frandsen's grandiose Requiem (2010) for soloists, choir and orchestra. The work unfolds a full-scale ‘operatic’ setting of the entire medieval Latin text in a fascinating alternation with intimate solo hymns sung by the Icelandic singer Teitur to Danish poems by Simon Grotrian (b. 1961). The composer has dedicated his requiem to the victims of the tragedy on the Norwegian island of Utøya in 2011.

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Violin Sonatas Vol. 1

Friedrich Kuhlau

The German composer Friedrich Kuhlau (1786-1832) fled to Denmark as a young man and with his strong cosmopolitan personality became a loner – and at the same time a key figure – in the Danish Golden Age. Kuhlau championed new tones in Danish music, and his melodically appealing violin sonatas were the first Danish sonatas in the Romantic style. With this recording Duo Åstrand/Salo lends new lustre to music that has only rarely been performed in our time.

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Symphonies 1 & 8

Per Nørgård

With this world premiere recording, the Vienna Philharmonic offers new perspectives on the most visionary voice of Nordic music and one of the greatest symphonists of our time, Danish composer Per Nørgård (b. 1932). Conducted on this occasion by Finnish Sakari Oramo, these performances of Nørgård’s Symphonies 1 and 8 – two milestones composed with almost six decades between them – are the legendary orchestra’s first recording of new Nordic music.


"If the music of today is to have any tomorrow, Nørgård will surely be part of it" Gramophone

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Wood Works (CD)

The Danish String Quartet's passion for the traditional Scandinavian folk music is just as striking as the quartet's prize-winning interpretations of the classical repertoire. On this release, the four Danish strings present their favourite tunes from the Nordic folk music - including the 400 years old bridal piece from Fanoe Island, that has reached more than 50.000 on Vimeo and YouTube.

 

 

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Dust encapsulated

Rune Glerup

This CD presents five world premiere recordings of acoustic and electronic works by the Danish composer Rune Glerup (b. 1981). Instead of offering a narrative flow of music, Glerup uniquely allows the listener to move around among independent three-dimensional blocks of sound with powerful energy fields between them.

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Nightingale String Quartet wins prestigious Gramophone Award

Nightingale String Quartet receives Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and prepares for new CD release

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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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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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Video trailer - Den Danske Strygekvartet spiller folkemusik

Watch the video trailer for The Danish String Quartet's folk music CD "Wood Works", which will be released in Copenhagen on 5th May!

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CD Top 5

1. Wood Works (CD)

2. Symphonies 1 & 8
Per Nørgård

3. Requiem
John Frandsen

4. 45 Symphonies
W.A. Mozart

5. Butterfly Valley
Svend Nielsen

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1. Wood Works (CD)

2. Symphonies 1 & 8
Per Nørgård

3. Violin Sonatas Vol. 1
Friedrich Kuhlau

4. Requiem
John Frandsen

5. Concertos and solo works for harpsichord
J.G.W. Palschau and J.A.P. Schulz


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