The Royal Danish Academy of Music 150 years

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The Royal Danish Academy of Music 150 years

For 150 years the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen has manifested itself as one of the central institutions in Danish musical life. A succession of great names in Danish music, creators as well as performers, have worked at RDAM, and this 12-disc box set paints a unique portrait in sound of RDAM and important aspects of Danish music from the end of the 1800s until our own time.

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Duration
1 Niels W. Gade: Piano Trio, Op. 42 (1864) 21:53
2 — Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 28 (1840-54) 21:25
3 J.P.E. Hartmann: Fantasia for organ in F minor, Op. 20 (1837) 8:12
4 — Overture to Hakon Jarl, Op. 40 (1844) 9:16
5 Carl Nielsen: Three Piano Pieces, Op. 59, CNW 90 (1928) 9:51
6 — String Quintet in G major, CNW 59 (1888-89) 25:21
7 — Preludio e Presto, Op. 52, CNW 47 (1927-28) 10:54
8 Knudåge Riisager: Qarrtsiluni, Op. 36 (1938) 8:07
9 Finn Høfding: Det er ganske vist (It is perfectly true), Op. 37 (1940) 9:58
10 Vagn Holmboe: Sonata for solo flute, Op. 71 (1957) 13:11
11 — Chamber Concerto No. 13, Op. 67 (1955-56) 20:59
12 Herman D. Koppel: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 45 (1948) 28:10
13 Niels Viggo Bentzon: Chamber Concerto for 11 instruments, Op. 52 (1948) 16:37
14 — Toccata, Op. 10 (1941) 7:20
15 Herman D. Koppel: Ternio, Op. 53b (1951) 11:48
16 Leif Kayser: Divertimento II (1969-73) 18:30
17 Jørgen Jersild: At spille i skoven (Music-making in the forest) (1947) 15:06
18 Svend Westergaard: Quartetto per archi, Op. 28 (1966) 15:49
19 Ib Nørholm: MacMoon songs III, Op. 154 (1999) 13:41
20 Per Nørgård: Sonata determinata for piano (1949-50) 19:25
21 Hans Abrahamsen: Concerto for piano and orchestra (2000) 15:15
22 Erik Højsgaard: C’est la mer mêlée au soleil (1981; rev. 1982) 12:45
23 Niels Rosing-Schow: I giardini dietro la città (2011) 12:22
24 Bent Sørensen: Phantasmagoria for piano trio (2007) 17:15
25 Mahler: Songs from ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ (1893-98) 12:44
26 Haydn: from Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Pt. II (1797-98) 7:19
27 Carl Nielsen: from Saul & David, CNW 1 (1901) 4:48
28 Donizetti: from Lucia di Lammermoor (1835) 4:32
29 Per Nørgård: Entwicklungen (1986) 8:40
30 J.P.E. Hartmann: Flyv Fugl, flyv (Fly bird, fly) (1838) 1:33
31 Edouard Dupuy: from Ungdom og Galskab (Youth and folly) (1806) 1:39
32 Carl Nielsen: Commotio, Op. 58, CNW 99 (1930-31) 23:27
33 Fuzzy: Cadences et tremblements à Notre-Dame (2002) 10:14
34 Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (1878) 6:28
35 Schubert: Piano Trio in B lat major, D.898 (1828) 33:04
36 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 “Spring Sonata” (1800-01) 23:00
37 Tjajkovskij: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 (1878) 29:55
38 Boccherini: Cello Sonata in A major, G.4 (1771) 7:49
39 Britten: Violin Concerto, Op. 15 (1938-39) 31:38
40 Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 99 (1886) 22:14
41 J.S. Bach: from Das wohltemperierte Klavier I (1722) 6:56
42 Debussy: Suite bergamasque (1890) 15:36
43 Schumann: from 3 Romances, Op. 28 (1839) 3:18
44 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: from Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62 (1842-44) 2:22
45 Harald Sæverud: Rondo amoroso, Op. 14 No. 7 (1939) 3:45
46 — Kjempeviseslåtten (Ballad of revolt), Op. 22 No. 5 (1942) 3:37
47 Schönberg: Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19 (1911) 5:17
48 Niels Viggo Bentzon: Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 44 (1946) 15:03
49 Lutosławski: Variations on a theme by Paganini for two pianos (1941) 5:25
50 Brahms: from 21 Hungarian Dances for piano four hands, WoO 1 (1869) 7:54
51 Ravel: Sonatine (1903-05) 10:41
52 Chopin: Berceuse, Op. 57 (1843) 4:02
53 — Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2 (1830-32) 4:21
54 — Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, op. 66 (1834-35) 4:52
55 Páll Ísólfsson: Glettur (Humoresques) (1926) 2:33
56 Schumann: from Myrthen, Op. 25 (1840) 1:56
57 Carl Nielsen: from Moderen (The mother), Op. 41, CNW 65 (1920) 3:06
58 Knudåge Riisager: Serenade, Op. 26b (1936) 9:12
59 Carl Nielsen: Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2 (1889-90) 5:48
60 Asger Lund Christiansen: Concertino for trombone and orchestra (1954) 13:47
61 Launy Grøndahl: Concerto for trombone and orchestra (1924) 15:52
62 Mozart: Divertimento in B flat major, K 270 (1777) 9:37
63 Krommer: from Oboe Concerto in F major, Op. 52 (1805) 5:51
64 Poul Ruders: Tattoo for One (A drill for solo clarinet) (1984) 6:07
65 — Psalmodies Suite for solo guitar (1990) 9:52
66 Per Nørgård: Arcana (1970) 13:29
67 Piazzolla: Tanti Anni Prima (1984) 4:32
68 — Michelangelo 70 (1969) 2:35
69 — Milonga del Angel (1965) 5:29
70 Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, CNW 28 “The Inextinguishable” (1914-16) 34:09
71 Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Triptykon for percussion and orchestra (1985) 32:38
Total runtime: 
870 min.
President’s foreword

by Bertel Krarup, President of the Royal Danish Academy of Music

Since 2 January 1867, and thus for 150 years now, the Royal Danish Academy of Music has offered diploma courses in music. We are celebrating this in 2017 with special concerts, conferences, master classes, festivals and other good things.

The anniversary is also being marked by the publication of a portrait mosaic about the Academy in book form and by the release of the present CD box. This veritable archive of sound features recordings of a number of central performer profiles among the Academy’s teachers over more than three quarters of a century, as well as works by significant composers with close links to the Academy ever since its foundation.

It is in the nature of things that, apart from a single recording which dates all the way back to 1898, only the performers and the sounds documented on 78s, LPs and CDs are included here. That said, it has been our ambition that the selected recordings should be suitably complete and reaso­nably well distributed over the period up until today.

On the face of it, 12 CDs may sound like a lot. But when so many years of music from one of the central institutions in Danish musical life are to be docu­mented, it is not so much. There will inevitably be some people who will miss performers and composers who have not been included. In this light, the CD box should therefore primarily be viewed as a sketch for a portrait in music of the Aca­demy. Words are also part of it, however – in the form of this ample booklet with two major articles by the lecturer Toke Lund Christiansen and the former associate pro­fes­sor at Copenhagen Univer­sity, Jens Brincker.

Toke Lund Christiansen has written an essay in which, as in a kind of memory palace, he takes us by the hand and lets us meet many of the performers (and a few of the composers) repre­sen­ted at the Academy in the period 1905-2008 in the building at H. C. Andersens Boulevard 36 and the neighbouring building added in 1972 at Niels Brocks Gade 1. It is now nine years since the Academy moved to a new, unique setting in Vilhelm Lauritzen’s former Broadcasting House on Rosen­­ørns Allé. This is of course also reflected, since ­several of the recordings were made in the Academy’s legendary Concert Hall – for example the recordings of the Aca­demy’s own symphony orchestra from 2015 and 2016, but also recordings from the time when it was the Danish Broad­casting Corporation DR’s Concert Hall.

Jens Brincker furnished the extensive article on the composers. They are described individually and placed in the wider context of musical history, which also incorporates elements from the Academy’s history.

The selection of recordings, as far as the performers are concerned, has primarily been made by Toke Lund Christiansen and Professor Tim Frederiksen, while the composers and their works were chosen primarily by Professor Niels Rosing-Schow and the undersigned. Besides responsibility for the cleaning and remastering of the material, Claus Byrith has also had an impor­tant stake in the selection, since on the basis of his legendary knowledge of existing Danish recor­dings he has regularly suggested items, several of which have been included.

I owe a great debt of thanks to all the contributors, as well as my warmest thanks to Dacapo for outstanding cooperation on the release.

Finally, cordial thanks to the Augustinus Foundation for substantial economic support. I hope that the box will serve as an attractive and varied reflection of the beautiful and captivating music that has sounded and still sounds at the anniver­sary-celebrating institution.

Release date: 
September 2017
code: 
8.201202
cdno: 
8.201202
FormatID: 
CD
CoverFormat: 
Box
Barcode: 
636943120217
Track count: 
71

Credits

© 2017 Dacapo Records, Copenhagen
p 2017 Dacapo Records, Copenhagen, except for the following recording material courtesy of:

p 1979 Deutsche Grammophon (Universal Music Denmark), DG 2531 34 CD 2 (8-9)
p 2001 Danacord Records, DACOCD 561 CD 3 (4-6)
p 2014 Danacord Records, DACOCD 648 CD 6 (1-3)
p 2016 CDKlassisk (Olufsen Records), CDK1158-60 CD 6 (7-8)
p 1998 Classico (Olufsen Records), CLASSCD 233 CD 8 (6-8)
p 2015 HvB Records, HVB1501 CD 9 (5-6)
p 1985 Point Records (OH Musik), PLP 5058 CD 11 (14)

Liner notes: Jens Brincker, Toke Lund Christiansen, Bertel Krarup and Claus Byrith
English translation: James Manley
Proofreader: Svend Ravnkilde

Booklet editorial: Rikke Hjortkjær and Kristian Lønsted
Graphic design: Denise Burt, elevator-design.dk

Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium (the Royal Danish Academy of Music) acknowledges, with gratitude, the financial support of Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden and Solistforeningen af 1921

This release is produced in a cooperation between the Royal Danish Academy of Music and Dacapo Records