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Poul Ruders

Symphony No. 2

Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Rolf Hind
Michael Schønwandt, conductor
Markus Stenz, conductor

Poul Ruders, composer

Hardly any Fanish composer living today is more internationally minded that Poul Ruders. Since he made his first impact in the 1980s with his brilliant orchestral works, there have been increasing requests from abroad for more works from his pen. His starting-point was the Polish School, but his later works could be called Neo-Dramatic. Besides his sparkling use of sound Ruders is also a master of his craft who can create brilliant instrumentation. Worth singling out among his most striking orchestral works are the apocalyptic Saaledes saae Johannes (Thus Saw St. John), the instrumental concertos, Concerto in Pieces and the tension-filled Solar Trilogy.

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Symphony No. 2, "Symphony and Transformation" (1995-96)

Leggiero alla breve

27:55 Play $4.20
Piano Concerto (1994)

I Grazioso

10:24 Play $2.80

II Larghetto intimo

12:36 Play $2.80

III Rondo prestissimo

4:15 Play $1.40
Total playing time  55 minutes

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Recorded at the Danish Radio Concert Hall on May 28, 1997 (Piano Concerto) and on March 12, 1998 (Symphony No. 2 - live recording)

Recording producers: Michael Petersen (Piano Concerto) and Claus Due (Symphony)
Sound engineer: Jørn Jacobsen (Piano Concerto) and Lars Christensen
Editing engineer: Michael Petersen and Jørn Jacobsen

Cover painting: Poul Bjørklund: "Abstrakt komposition"

This CD is recorded in cooperation with Danmarks Radio

Label: Dacapo

Format: CD

Catalogue Number: 8.224125

Barcode: 730099982528

Release month: March 1999

Period: Late 20th Century


Here are two extraordinary works form Poul Ruders who, with his fellow Dane Per Nørgård, possesses perhaps the most awesome talents of our time (The Daily Telegraph)

"Rolf Hind is a compelling solisit, and the orchestral playing...is all that one could want"
***** (BBC Music Magazine)

"The performances strike me as first rate" (Fanfare)

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