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Dacapo - The National Music Anthology of Denmark

Format:  SACD

Catalogue Number:  6.220563

Barcode:  747313156368

Release Date:  Sep 2010

Period:  Early 20th Century


Niels Otto Raasted: Solo Violin Sonatas

26 November 2010  SA-CD.net
John Oster

His is a new name to me, and what a pleasant discovery it is! He's a Danish composer who lived from 1888 to 1966. One of his main teachers was Max Reger, whose influence, along with JS Bach and Carl Nielsen, can be keenly heard here. He uses chromatic harmony/melodies, but it's a little less forbidding than Reger's, and he uses Baroque forms, such as preludes, fugues, chaconnes, and passacaglias. This music must be quite challenging to play with its frequent use of counterpoint and multi-stops, but Hansen deals with them effortlessly. His robust yet warm tone is captured in astonishingly vivid sound with plenty of ambiance, although it tends to decay quickly at the end of movements. If you enjoy solo violin and the neo-Baroque genre, then I can highly recommend this disc.

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