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The Danish composer Finn Høffding (1899-1997) was a friend of Carl Nielsen and a teacher of Vagn Holmboe, thus forming a connecting link between the two great symphonists. This CD presents the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Frank Cramer's world premiere recording of Høffding's rarely performed Third Symphony from 1930 and the slightly later fantasias for orchestra Evolution and Det er ganske vist. The repertoire has been specially selected for the CD by Høffding's pupil and lifelong friend, the composer Per Nørgård.
"Now, 80 years later, I am still impressed by how powerfully and personally Finn Høffding perpetuates the symphonic tradition ... I can only wish this release will arouse new interest in this neoclassical classic!"
(Per Nørgård 2012)Finn HøffdingEvolution (Symphonic Fantasy for Orchestra no. 1), op. 31 (1939)
1 Allegro, ma non troppo 14:28Finn Høffding“Det er ganske vist” (“It is perfectly true”), op. 37 (1943) 2 Allegro, ma non troppo 10:11Finn HøffdingSymphony No. 3, op. 12 (1928) 3 I Allegro moderato 9:37 4 II Lento e molto espressivo 12:31 5 III Allegro 5:39 6 IV Allegro energico 7:40