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Ekkozone performs Karsten Fundal

Karsten Fundal

The composer Karsten Fundal (b. 1966) has a strong philosophical and systematic side to his mind, in parallel with a sensuous and intuitive musicality that investigates acoustic space, pulse and motion. In this recording the ensemble EKKOZONE explores Fundal’s tonal and rhythmic universe in new compositions for saxophone, percussion and piano.

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Piano Quartets 1 & 2

Friedrich Kuhlau

The German-born composer Friedrich Kuhlau was the most cosmopolitan personality in Danish music at the beginning of the 19th century. A creative, forward-looking and extremely productive artist, he rarely let his pen lie idle. The two piano quartets recorded on this CD by the young Copenhagen Piano Quartet are major works from the composer’s most artistically fertile decade, besides testifying to Kuhlau’s own brilliance as a pianist.

 

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Symphonies 5 and 6

Carl Nielsen

Denmark’s great symphonist and national composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) sought out new musical paths until the end of his life. His last two symphonies, Nos. 5 and 6, complete the picture of the composer’s artistic development, which was always ahead of his surroundings. This recording by the New York Philharmonic and its music director Alan Gilbert sheds new light on the originally conceived, momentous struggle of the Fifth Symphony as well as the Sixth Symphony’s inscrutable irony, which was difficult to understand in its time but supplied succeeding generations of composers with symphonic fuel.


"If you like your Nielsen big, bold, and gutsy, then this is the cycle you need to own." 10/10 Classics Today

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Songs for choir

Carl Nielsen

“It is strange that when I write these simple melodies, it is as if I am not the composer – it is people from my childhood or the Danish people who want something through me.” Thus said Carl Nielsen (1865-1931), who was devoted to renewing the Danish song tradition and whose melodies are still at the heart of Danish community song today. On this recording, Ars Nova Copenhagen presents a selection of Nielsen’s most popular songs under conductor Michael Bojesen.

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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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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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New video: Copenhagen Piano Quartet plays Kuhlau

See the presentation video for Copenhagen String Quartet's debut album with piano quartets by Friedrich Kuhlau.

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Prize-winning quartet ready for debut and CD release

When the Copenhagen Piano Quartet burst on the scene as a professional chamber ensemble, Dacapo Records present the ensemble's ambitious debut CD

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2. Symphonies 5 and 6
Carl Nielsen

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W.A. Mozart

4. Songs for choir
Carl Nielsen

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Carl Nielsen

2. Wood Works (CD)

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