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Niels Viggo Bentzon

Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Ole Schmidt

Niels Viggo Bentzon, composer

Niels Viggo Bentzon's enormous musical output has long since resulted in a catalogue of legendary dimensions. The main emphasis is in instrumental music, especially music for and with piano, and the forth Piano Concerto is one of the major of this kind. With a whole 24 symphonies spread over more than five decades, Bentzon moreover has a prominent position among Danish symphonists, and both his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies are contemporary Danish classics in the genre.

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Symphony No. 5, Op. 61 "Ellipser" (1950)

I Moderato ma non troppo

7:31 Play $2.10

II Allegro

4:46 Play $1.40

III Adagio

11:42 Play $2.80

IV Allegro

5:45 Play $2.10

V Sostenuto

6:34 Play $2.10
Symphony No. 7, Op. 83 "De tre Versioner" (1952)

Grave - Molto moderato - Allegro - Grave - Allegro - Grave - Molto moderato

28:53 Play $4.20
Total playing time  65 minutes

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Previously released on LP by DMA

Recorded at Kongreshuset Århus on 5 April 1980 (Symphony no. 7) and 4 March 1982

Recording producer: Claus Byrith
Sound engineer: Claus Byrith
Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen A/S

Cover painting: Egon Mathiesen: "Plantagen og havet" (1960)

Label: Dacapo

Format: CD

Catalogue Number: 8.224111

Barcode: 730099981125

Release Date: September 1999

Period: Early 20th Century


Exciting and authoritative performances captured in wide-spectrum sonics
(American Record Guide)

Bentzon’s music is vital, attractive and fun

The performances are affectionate and deeply involved in the music's turmoil ... The two symphonies presented here are highly energetic works, powerfully projected and orchestrated. The Seventh (1952), subtitled The Three Versions, combines monumental, dramatic gestures into a single, 30-minute movement, with great diversity of atmosphere and fast-driven rhythms. No less interesting, the Fifth, subtitled Ellipses (1950), displays through its five movements an anxious lyricism à la Hindemith, underlined by intense melodic lines and thick harmonies
(Classics Today) [Read full review]

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