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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

Last year, one of the world’s absolutely leading symphony orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic, for the first time ever had two new Nordic symphonies on their music stands. The orchestra, not otherwise known for interpretations of contemporary music, performed the now 81-year-old Danish composer Per Nørgård’s new Eighth Symphony as part of the renowned culture festival Wiener Festwochen under Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo. At the same occasion, the orchestra recorded both Nørgård’s 8th and his First Symphonies for CD release on the Danish national recording label Dacapo Records.

This is the first time that the Vienna Philharmonic perform and record Danish music, but also the first time that it works with an independent Scandinavian recording label.  


Wiener Filharmonikerne og Sakari Oramo under prøverne på Nørgårds 8. symfoni i Konzerthaus sidste år

Enthusiastic orchestra
Dieter Flury, who is both the managing director of the Vienna Philharmonic and the solo flautist in the orchestra, says: “When we in the Vienna Philharmonic discussed the idea of recording Per Nørgård’s Eighth Symphony, we experienced great interest and curiosity among the musicians as regards the Scandinavian repertoire, which is otherwise often rather under­appreciated.  At the same time we could see immediately from a number of submitted scores that this is music of the very highest standard, so we are embarking on this recording project with great enthusiasm – and the full backing of the orchestra.

"A life-changing opportunity"
Says conductor Sakari Oramo: "Two symphonic works spanning over almost six decades. The First, searching, brooding, full of uncontained energy, The Eighth, charming, witty, multi-faceted. Both works very Nordic, yet universal. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, giving their unmistakable sound and flair to the service of Norgård´s music, did it every justice. As a conductor, I felt very fulfilled during the two May weeks 2013, and wish to thank the composer, the orchestra and the record company for this life-changing opportunity ."



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