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Bo Holten

Agnete Schlichtkrull

Bo Holten (conductor) is equally recognized as a conductor and composer. In 1979 he founded Ars Nova Copenhagen which he conducted until 1996, when he founded the vocal ensemble Musica Ficta for whom he is conducter, composer and artistic director. Holten regularly conducts the best choirs in Europe; from 1990 to 2006 he was one of the principal conductors of the BBC Singers, and from 2008 to the end of 2010 he was the chief conductor of the Flemmish Radio Choir in Brussels.

Bo Holten's work with Danish orchestras is constantly on the increase and has earned him praise for recorded interpretations of music by Carl Nielsen, Frederick Delius, Thomas Koppel, Emil Hartmann, Knudåge Riisager and Emil Reesen. As a composer Holten has produced no fewer than six operas, five solo concertos, two symphonies, various orchestral and chamber works, film music and some 35 choral pieces. In 2002 Dacapo issued a CD with a selection of his music for voices a cappella sung by the BBC Singers. In the spring of 2009 Holten had a major success at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen with his opera The Visit of the Royal Physician, which he conducted himself, and which is available on DVD from Dacapo.

  • Bo Holten

    The Emperor's New Clothes

  • J.P.E. Hartmann, Carl Nielsen, Thomas Laub, Thorvald Aagaard, Poul Schierbeck, Peter Heise, Bo Holten, Oluf Ring, Harald Balslev, Bo Gunge, Marianne Søgaard, Ernst A. Kiørboe, N.K. Madsen-Stensgaard, Haakon Elmer, Henrik Rung, Emil Hornemann

    Songs from the Borderland

  • Clemens non Papa, Conrad Rein, Thomas Stoltzer, Lucas Lossius, Johannes Alectorius

    Thomissøn's Easter

  • Knudåge Riisager

    The Symphonic Edition Vol. 3

  • Knudåge Riisager

    The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2

  • Bo Holten

    Venus' Wheel - Works for Choir

  • Erik Norby

    The Rainbow Snake - Orchestral Songs and Symphonic Works

  • Poul Rovsing Olsen

    Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works

  • Knudåge Riisager

    The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1

  • Carl Nielsen


  • Erik Bach


  • Emil Reesen

    Orchestral Works

  • Emil Hartmann

    Orchestral Works

  • Thomas Koppel

    Los Angeles Street Concerto - Michala Petri plays Koppel

  • Knudåge Riisager

    Ballet Music

  • Bo Holten

    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

  • Mogens Pedersøn


  • Medieval Music in Denmark

  • Thomas Stoltzer, Melchoir Kugelmann, Jørgen Presten, Josquin de Prez, Nicolas Gombert, Heinrich Finck, Ludwig Senfl, Severin Tham

    Winds and Voices II

  • David Abell, Jørgen Presten, Paul Kugelmann, Melchoir Kugelmann, Heinrich Finck

    Winds and Voices. Music at the Court of King Christian III