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Hans Abrahamsen

Works for Sinfonietta

Elgar Howarth, conductor
Christopher van Kampen
London Sinfonietta

Hans Abrahamsen, composer

Hans Abrahamsen is a pupil of Per Nørgård and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, but his particular stylistic point of departure also reflects a specific trend in Danish music - the "New Simplicity" that emerged in the mid-sixties. Simplification and methodology are key concepts in Abrahamsen's works. He is one of his generation's most outstanding composers, and his orchestral work Nacht und Trompeten was first performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1982.

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Märchenbilder (1984)

I Allegro con movimento

3:05 Play $1.40

II Andante alle marcia

4:00 Play $1.40

III Scherzo prestissimo

5:24 Play $2.10
Lied in Fall (1987)
For Cello and 13 Instruments

I Andante, sehr fliessend

8:44 Play $2.10

II Allegretto

5:33 Play $2.10
Winternacht (1976-78)
For Sinfonietta

I Moderato con precisione

4:44 Play $1.40

II Tranquillo e con transparanza

3:44 Play $1.40

III Vivo, energico ma ben ritmico

2:23 Play $1.40

IV Lontanamente ma serèno

2:24 Play $1.40
Carl Nielsen: Three Piano Pieces op. 59 posth. (1928)
Recomposed by Hans Abrahamsen for 10 instruments (1990)

I Impromptu

2:49 Play $1.40

II Adagio

2:39 Play $1.40

III Allegro non troppo

4:49 Play $1.40
Total playing time  50 minutes

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Recorded at Rosslyn Hill Chapel on 26-27 February 1997

Producer and balancing engineer: Tryggvi Tryggvason
Assistant engineer: Jamie Dunn
Editing and post-production: Emma Stocker and Marian Freeman
Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen A/S

Cover picture: Per Morten Abrahamsen

Recording kindly sponsored by Sonning-Fonden, Danish Composers' Society/KODA's Funds for Social and Cultural Purposes, KODA's Collective Blank Tape Remuneration and an anonymous foundation

Label: Dacapo

Format: CD

Catalogue Number: 8.224080

Barcode: 730099978026

Release month: October 1997

Period: Late 20th Century


"This is a superb disc" (American Record Guide)

***** (BBC Music Magazine)

"On the evidence of these pieces - and it is persuasive evidence - Hans Abrahamsen is one of this century's masters of instrumentation" (The Daily Telegraph)

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