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Asger Hamerik

Symphonies 1-2

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

Asger Hamerik, composer

During his lifetime Asger Hamerik was the best known Danish composer after Niels W. Gade outside Denmark. He studied in Copenhagen with Gade and J.P.E. Hartmann, in Berlin with Hans von Bülow and finally in 1864-69 in Paris with Hector Berlioz. In the years 1871-98 he worked in the USA as director of the consercatory of the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. His oeuvre includes four operas, seven symphonies and a series of Nordic Suites.

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Symphony no. 1 in F major, op. 29 "Symphonie poétique" (1879-80)


I Allegro moderato ed espresivo

8:20 Play $2.10

II Allegro marcato

4:21 Play $1.40

III Andante con moto

6:51 Play $2.10

IV Allegro giusto

9:56 Play $2.10

Symphony no. 2 in C minor, op. 32 "Symphonie tragique" (1882-83)


I Grave - Allegro non troppo e patetico

15:49 Play $3.50

II Andante penitente

10:02 Play $2.80

III Allegro marcato

5:40 Play $2.10

IV Adagio - Allegro passionato - Allegro molto vivace

11:03 Play $2.80
Total playing time  72 minutes

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Recorded at Helsingborg Concert Hall, Sweden, on 11-14 June and 1-3 September 1997

Recording producer: Michael Petersen
Sound engineer: Michael Petersen
Publisher: Edition Samfundet

Cover painting: "The Homecoming from the Hunt" by Joachim Skovgaard (1886-88)

dacapo acknowledges, with gratitude, the financial support of Familien Hede Nielsens Fond, Beckett Fonden and Dansk Frimurer Orden

Label: Dacapo

Format: CD

Catalogue Number: 8.224076

Barcode: 730099977623

Release month: November 1997

Period: Late Romantic


"Une musique vive et enlevée, galbée et sympathique qui mérite bien cette redécouverte." (Répertoire)

"The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard delivers admirable performances ... recommended" (The Times)

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