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The Royal Danish Orchestra

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The Royal Danish Orchestra is considered the world’s oldest orchestra, dating back to 1448 to when it served King Christian I as the Royal Court Trumpet Corps. Many great conductors and composers have over the years worked with the Royal Danish Orchestra, among others Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache and Daniel Barenboim. The orchestra was for many years a home to Carl Nielsen as a violinist and as a conductor. Activities have been many-sided – from CD recordings to New Year’s concerts and much more. A vast number of tours abroad have taken the orchestra to, among other places, the Musikverein in Vienna in 2002 with former music director Michael Schønwandt and violinist Nikolaj Znaider and to the Berliner Philharmonie and the Symphony Hall, Birmingham with Michael Boder and the soprano Magdalena Anna Hofmann in 2015. With the inauguration of the Opera House in Copenhagen in 2005, the Royal Danish Orchestra was given a new and acoustically superb platform for both opera, ballet and concerts.

  • Peter Heise

    Drot og Marsk (King and Marshal)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Hakon Børresen, Niels W. Gade, Edvard Grieg, Friedrich Kuhlau, H.C. Lumbye, Franz Schubert, Richard Wagner, Carl Maria von Weber

    King Frederik IX Conducts

  • Carl Nielsen

    Saul & David

  • Poul Ruders

    Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)

  • C.E.F. Weyse

    The Key Masterpieces

  • Carl Nielsen

    Maskarade (DVD)

  • Poul Ruders

    Kafka's Trial

  • Poul Ruders

    The Handmaid's Tale

  • Friedrich Kuhlau, H.C. Lumbye, Franz Schubert

    King Frederik IX conducts The Royal Danish Orchestra

  • C.E.F. Weyse

    Symphonies Nos. 6-7

  • C.E.F. Weyse

    Symphonies Nos. 4-5

  • C.E.F. Weyse

    Symphonies Nos. 1-3