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Symphony No. 9

Paul von Klenau

Paul von Klenau’s (1883-1946) grandiose Ninth Symphony in eight movements was composed in Copenhagen 1945 as his last major work; an extraordinary fusion of a Requiem with Latin text and a traditional symphony for orchestra, choir and four soloists. The manuscript then lay unknown for more than fifty years until it appeared in the 2001 discovery of a large collection of Klenau manuscripts in Vienna, and not until March 2014 – after a thorough editing by The Royal Library in Copenhagen – did it receive its first performance by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Schønwandt. This world premiere recording presents the full symphony; a magnificent opus of both tonal, atonal and even twelve-tone passages, very far removed from the style that predominated in the post-Nielsen Danish music of the 1940s.

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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Schubert & Bruckner

The special chemistry between the Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra stems from one of the most outstanding  artistic partnerships in the music life of Scandinavia. Blomstedt was the very first chief conductor of the Danish orchestra and is today its honorary conductor – and the partnership is now in its seventh decade!

This DVD celebrates Herbert Blomstedt’s profound insight into the symphonic worlds of Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner, unfolding in Denmark’s historic Roskilde Cathedral. Blomstedt’s dream of conducting in this dazzling acoustic came true at a memorable concert in 2007, now made available for fans of the Swedish conductor and his Danish orchestra to enjoy worldwide.

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Songs

John Frandsen

The Danish composer John Frandsen (b. 1956) is a sublime musical interpreter of texts. This album presents a collection of his most evocative solo song cycles with a highly varied range of poems in delicate musical settings. Common to all five cycles is the composer’s sincere and open approach to the textual expression; from the truly intimate and even erotic to the philosophical and the absurdly silly.

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Snowbells

Bent Sørensen

In this world premiere recording of Bent Sørensen's atmospheric vocal work Snowbells with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and conductor Paul Hillier, the listener is guided through an almost unearthly landscape of human voices interwoven with the recorded sound of church bells. The CD also offers a selection of sacred and secular choral works by Sørensen with texts by leading Danish poets, from both Romanticism and the present day.

 

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Buxtehude and his Circle

Dietrich Buxtehude was not only the greatest organ virtuoso of his time and a celebrated composer of both sacred and secular music; he was also a highly enterprising and innovative artist with a unique ability to form networks around himself. This CD, conceived by Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier, gives a rare insight into the circle around Buxtehude – a musical circle of time, place, friendships, teacher-pupil relationships and even family ties; a network of excellent composers from northern German musician families, all of whom worked in or migrated to Scandinavia in the course of the 1600s.

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Saul og David

Carl Nielsen

 

This DVD presents a spectacular new production of Carl Nielsen's dramatic debut opera, Saul & David from 1901 - a production marking the Royal Danish Opera’s celebration of the composer's 150th anniversary in 2015.

King Saul, bitterly jealous of young David, who won the favour of the people by defeating the giant Goliath, is staged in a highly original fashion by acclaimed English director and Nielsen enthusiast David Pountney, who updates the Biblical story to our own time, lending it psychological and political undertones.

The performance is conducted by Nielsen expert Michael Schønwandt and presents an array of Denmark's leading singers with Johan Reuter in the demanding role of King Saul, Niels-Jørgen Riis as David and Ann Petersen as his beloved Mikal.

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Surreal song suite release at SPOR Festival

Niels Rønsholdts song cycle "Me Quitte" will be released on Saturday 14 May during the SPOR Festival in Århus.

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New video: The find of Klenau's 9th symphony

View the incredible story about the find of Paul von Klenau's grandiose 9th symphony from 1945

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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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New video: Snowbells by Bent Sørensen

View our video trailer from the recording session of Bent Sørensen's "Sneklokker" with Paul Hillier and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.

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