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Dacapo - The National Music Anthology of Denmark

Format:  SACD

Catalogue Number:  6.220568

Barcode:  747313156863

Release month:  Jan 2014

Period:  Late Romantic, Late Romantic, Late 20th Century, Late Romantic, Late Romantic, Late 20th Century, Romantic


The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs

06 May 2014  Gramophone
David Fanning

Paul Hillier’s idea is that the ‘Golden Age’ - a term used in Denmark to refer to the cultural richness of the first half of the 19th century - could equally well apply to the succeeding generations of song-composers, such as Carl Nielsen and Thomas Laub (long-standing friends who fiercely debated the appropriate style for such songs) and on into the late 20th-century in the work of Svend Schultz and Ib Nørholm. Under Hillier’s direction, Ars Nova Copenhagen perform a cappella, with meticulously shaded dynamics, articulation and colour. Apart from offering rather short measure at 53 minutes (they take a pragmatic view of how many verses to include for each song), their beautifully recorded and helpfully documented programme makes a valuable document for newcomers to and aficionados of this repertoire alike.

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