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The critics' favourites from 2021

Nightingale String Quartet © Julia Severinsen

The critics' favourites from 2021

Several of Dacapo Records' 2021 released have attracted attention in both the Danish and international press. Here you can read more about some of the albums which have received top reviews in the past year.

05 January 2022

In 2021 Dacapo Records continued to release both older and contemporary Danish music. Several releases have attracted attention in both the Danish and international press and a number of albums even received top grades from different reviewers. Below here you can see some of the critics' favourite releases and read more about what the reviewers wrote aboute them. 

Vagn Holmboe: String Quartets Vol. 1
NIghtingale String Quartet

The young, Danish string quartet startet off their Holmboe series with this critically acclaimed release, presenting String Quartet Nos. 1, 3 and 15.

EDITOR'S CHOICE – Gramophone
"The Nightingale String Quartet will apparently be Holmboe's new ambassadors" – Information
9/10 "Nightingale’s crisp approach enlivens Holmboe’s knotty contrapuntal writing" – Classics Today

Peter Heise: The Song Edition
Christian Westergaard, Elsa Dreisig, Bo Skovhus, Sofie Elkjær Jensen and more

Pianist Christian Westergaard has organized this major edition, collecting Peter Heise's complete songs for the first time – almost 300 songs on 11 discs.

Album of the Week – DR P2 
"The singers that Westergaard and Dacapo have gathered represent the cream of Denmark's vocal talent. [...] most definitely a song composer of the first order. Recommended" – Gramophone
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Excellent Danish singers unfold - eighteen soloists! Singers who handle the tasks with professional care and empathy" – Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld

Peter Heise: Drot og Marsk (King and Marshal)
Peter Lodahl, Johan Reuter, Sine Bundgaard, Det Kongelige Kapel, Michael Schønwandt and more

Live recording of Heise's gripping and magnificent opera about the dramatic events which led to the murder of King Erik Clipping in 1286.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The opera is truly a treat for music lovers" – Flensborg Avis
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Mehr dänisches Musikdrama geht nicht!" – Rondo Magazin

Friedrich Kuhlau: Works for Solo Piano Vol. 1
Marie-Luise Bodendorff

In the first of a new series, Marie-Luise Bodendorff reassesses Kuhlau’s contribution to the piano literature with fresh, muscular performances.

The 20 best classical albums of the year – Politiken
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The German pianist Marie-Luise Bodendorff interprets with both resilient and bubbly playing a variety of Kuhlau's sonatas" – Kristeligt Dagblad

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Abyss
Esbjerg Ensemble, Signe Asmussen

The chamber music from Rued Langgaard's youth is undercut by a dark musical understream, illustrating the inner division of the composer.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This is simply the most beautiful piece I have listened to in a very long time" – Sydsvenskan
"Brilliantly played and recorded" – BBC Radio 3

Bo Holten og Eva Sommestad Holten: Schlagt sie tot!
Malmö Opera Orchestra, Malmö Opera Chorus and solists

The first recording of the opera which paints a multifaceted portrait of a complex figure who transformed the world, namely the controversial catalyst of the Reformation, Martin Luther.

"It is beautiful and perfectly executed. A exemplary release" – Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A release that belongs in any well-assorted opera collection" – Kristeligt Dagblad

Niels Rønsholdt: Country
Jakob Kullberg, Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej, Annekei, Szymon Bywalec

Niels Rønsholdt widens the scope of his music, reimaging the country genre as a concerto for singing solo cellist and chamber orchestra.

The 20 best classical albums of the year – Politiken
"Let's just fire the confetti straight away. The recording of the cello concerto Country – comissioned by the solist Jakob Kullberg – is so succesful that it can easily carry a triumphal arch of statuettes and words of praise" – Seismograf

  • Niels Rønsholdt


  • Bo Holten, Eva Sommestad Holten

    Schlagt sie tot!

  • Rued Langgaard

    Music of the Abyss

  • Friedrich Kuhlau

    Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 1

  • Peter Heise

    Drot og Marsk

  • Peter Heise

    Peter Heise: The Song Edition

  • Vagn Holmboe

    String Quartets Vol. 1