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Dacapo - The National Music Anthology of Denmark

Format:  CD

Catalogue Number:  8.226038

Barcode:  636943603826

Release Date:  Aug 2012

Period:  Late 20th Century

Review


Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works

01 January 2014  Listen Magazine
J.F.L

It's gratufying to come across an excellent piano concerto never heard before. In this case that of Poul Rovsing Olsen (1922-1982), who is so unknown he doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry. Audibly a student of Nadia Boulanger and Oliver Messiaen, Olsen's music is melodic, rhythmically taut, and catchy in a conservative, twentieth-century way. Coupled with the Danish composer's concerto are his Symphonic Variations and Au font de la nuit for chamber orchestra. The "astral" music of the latter consists of fifteen minutes of "deep-space Messiaen." Soloist Christina Bjørkøe and conducter Bo Holten are Dacapo veterans, aided by the Odense Symphony Orchestra.



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