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Langgaard: Music of the Spheres

Langgaard: Music of the Spheres

Langgaard, R:

Music of the Spheres, for soprano, chorus, orchestra and distant orchestra, BVN 128

Endens Tid (The End of Time), BVN 243

Fra Dybet (From the Deep), BVN 414

Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano), Hetna Regitze Bruun (mezzo-soprano), Johan Reuter (baritone) & Peter Lodahl (tenor)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Danish National Concert Choir, Thomas Dausgaard

Music of the Spheres is a symphonic work of great complexity, calling for a large orchestra, organ and choir, a supporting (distant) orchestra including a soprano voice, and a further piano on which the strings are played directly rather than via the keys.

For this new and important recording, Dausgaard couples Music of the Spheres with two later works by Langgaard - The Time of the End and From the Deep - bringing an overview to the composer’s music over a period of 35 years.

Thomas Dausgaard and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra will be performing the UK premiere of Music of the Spheres at this year’s Proms on 11th August.

“It's not great music, but it is startling for many of the effects it employs, using a huge orchestra with enormous restraint in a frieze-like construction juxtaposing mundane Romantic rhetoric with the textural and spatial ideas that attracted Ligeti's attention.” The Guardian, 5th August 2010 ***

“Langgaard worked with texture and colour, and the forms he used are static or repetitive rather than organic. Yet, for me, there’s a disquieting naivety about this piece. Thomas Dausgaard and his fine forces are undeniably ardent champions.” Sunday Times, 5th September 2010 ***

“Dausgaard draw[s] every subtlety from a score whose often hushed dynamic level does not preclude a wealth of textual and motivic detail” International Record Review, September 2010

“Amazing, sometimes banal but never dull.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 *****

“Dausgaard's interpretation, brought vividly to this year's Proms to much acclaim, accentuates the textural subtleties of the score in a vibrant recording that achieves amazing quietude...[From the Abyss] rounds out this superbly played and recorded disc splendidly. Highly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

Presto Disc of the Week

16th August 2010

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

Choral Finalist

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Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician

Holten: The Visit of the Royal Physician

Sung in Danish

Johan Reuter (Johann Friedrich Struensee), Gert Henning-Jensen (King Christian VII), Elisabeth Jansson (Queen Caroline Mathilde), Sten Byriel (Ove Høegh-Guldberg), Djina Mai-Mai (Bootee-Caterine) & Gitta-Maria Sjøberg (Queen Dowager Juliane Marie)

Royal Danish Opera Choir & Royal Danish Orchestra, Bo Holten

Based on the bestselling novel by P.O. Enquist

Bo Holten's new opera The Visit of the Royal Physician, based on the best-selling novel by Per Olov Enquist, was a great success with both audience and critics after its premiere in 2009.

The opera is set in the 1770s, one of the most dramatic periods in Danish history, and is a story of tragic love, intrigue and a lust for power.

It tells the story of the young, idealistic doctor Struensee who dreams of creating a new and better world. He is given the chance to put his ideas into practice when, almost by coincidence, he becomes royal physician to the insane King Christian VII. Soon he is also the lover of the young Queen Caroline Mathilde. The result is a disaster for all those involved.

The performance was recorded at the Copenhagen Opera and is conducted by the composer.

Region Code: 0

Subtitles: English, German and French

Running Time: c. 154 min + 37 min bonus material

Bonus material: Interviews with Bo Holten, Eva Sommestad Holten, Johan Reuter, Elisabeth Jansson, Gert Henning-Jensen

“Holten has gone to great length to achieve diversity of style without shallow opportunism and, more practically, to ensure that the voices are not swamped...Most striking of all, to me, is Struensee's monologue near the end of Act 1, where he senses his mission, and the music superbly articulates the mixture of noble intent and unease...Holten has produced a serious, thought-provoking drama and as such it is not to be missed.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2011

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Birtwistle: The Minotaur

Birtwistle: The Minotaur

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on the 25th & 30th April and 3rd May 2008.

John Tomlinson (The Minotaur), Johan Reuter (Theseus), Christine Rice (Ariadne), Andrew Watts (Snake Priestess), Philip Langridge (Hiereus), Amanda Echalaz (Ker), Rebecca Bottone, Pumeza Matshikiza, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Christopher Ainslie, Tim Mead (Innocents)

The Royal Opera Chorus & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Stephen Langridge (stage director)

This world premiere of a gripping new work by composer Harrison Birtwistle and librettist David Harsent, commissioned by The Royal Opera, brings the monstrous, Greek mythological character to the stage. John Tomlinson stars as the Minotaur, part man, part beast, trapped in his labyrinth and constrained by his bloodthirsty role there, longs to discover his true identity and his own voice. Athens must pay a blood sacrifice to Crete and among the innocents is Theseus, who has come to challenge the violent Minotaur, but who also attracts the attention of Ariadne, half-sister and keeper of the monster; it is with her help he succeeds. Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House.

‘Thanks to a superb cast and impeccable playing under Antonio Pappano, the evening is a glittering success. …what Birtwistle has done is give us one opera inside another. The outer one is strident and earthbound; the inner one – ending with the Minotaur's Caliban-like dying aria – burns with visionary fire.’ The Independent

Extra features:

Documentary: ‘Myth is universal'.

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Running time 175 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 & 5.0 PCM (TBC)

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“This opera, premiered at the Royal Opera last April, seems to me to be a masterpiece, of the kind that one feels the greatness of before one has a complete understanding of it. …the Minotaur is a terrifying and pained figure. This performance is the climax of John Tomlinson's career, in a part written with his huge, gravelly voice in mind. The other compelling figure is Ariadne... Christine Rice, bearing the weight of exposition and of suffering, uses her wonderfully rich mezzo to stunning effect.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 *****

“The filming reinforces the strengths of Stephen Langridge's tightly controlled, potently expressive production in an economical yet atmospheric setting, with the whole ensemble totally engaged in the drama's dark enterprise. Repeated hearings underline that, in the end, this tragedy is the more convincing for the way its turn towards pathos does not involve any false consolation.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

“Birtwistle's latest large-scale music drama, written for Covent Garden, is a quite different experience on DVD: what might have been planned by composer and stage director to be witnessed from a distance is shown in unsparing close-up. But this seething, monumental reinvention of one of the most disquieting Greek myths – with a pithy libretto by David Harsent – is neither betrayed nor diminished by this excellent film. Only in its final stages does the opera's focus shift decisively to the doomed Minotaur from the scheming Ariadne, and the drama's most essential point is that this Ariadne – as different from Strauss's as Birtwistle's Orpheus is different from Gluck's – is in her own way as much of a monster as the half-man/half-bull. These demanding roles are projected with maximum musical eloquence by Christine Rice and Sir John Tomlinson, no doubt because – as Rice makes clear in the absorbing 30-minute documentary that accompanies the performance – what is demanding is also intensely rewarding to singers prepared to commit themselves to a steep learning curve. Equal commitment is evident in Johan Reuter's Theseus, the conventions of heroic posturing given new depth and relevance in text, music and vocal acting alike. We see little of Antonio Pappano and his orchestra, but the excellent sound never lets us escape the inexorable magnetism of the instrumental continuum.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Awards 2009

Finalist - DVD

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911

arranged for voice and string quartet

Johan Reuter (baritone)

Copenhagen String Quartet

Danish world famous baritone Johan Reuter is here singing Schubert "Winterreise" in a sensational version accompanied by string quartet. Cellist of The Copenhagen String Quartet, Richard Krug, arranged the piano part and text and music never sounded better together. With his intelligent approach and deep sense of musicality Johan Reuter is probably releasing the best Winterreise ever caught in the studio.

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu

Marlis Petersen (Lulu), Susan Graham (Countess Geschwitz), Daniel Brenna (Alwa), Paul Groves (Painter/African Prince), Johan Reuter (Dr Schon/Jack the Ripper), Franz Grundheber (Schigolch), Julian Close (Theatre Manager/Banker), Elizabeth DeShong (Wardrobe-Mistress/Page/Schoolboy), Alan Oke (Prince/Manservant/Marquis)

Metropolitan Opera, Lothar Koenigs

Alban Berg's monumental opera Lulu, which he left unfinished when he died in 1935, had its posthumous premiere in its incomplete version in 1937, with the three-act version that has become standard premiering in 1979. The opera tells the tragic story of a young woman who, as a victim of a harsh society, torments a series of men by whom she is objectified, desired, abused, and eventually killed.

Berg adapted the libretto from Frank Wedekind's two Lulu plays, Erdgeist (Earth Spirit, 1895) and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box, 1904). He wrote the music using the 12-tone style conceived of his teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, but with a nod to Romanticism that makes it unusually accessible for something written by a Schoenberg disciple.

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Alban Berg's Lulu, directed by accliamed South African visual artist William Kentridge, premiered in 2015 and starred Marlis Petersen in her final performances as Lulu, a role she has made "hers and almost hers alone" (Opera News) in 10 different productions over 18 years.

Kentridge received acclaim for his previous work at the Met directing the company premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's The Nose in 2010. This new Lulu, conducted by Lothar Koenigs, featured Susan Graham as the Countess Geschwitz, Daniel Brenna as Alwa, Paul Groves as The Painter/African Prince, Johan Reuter as Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper, and Franz Grundheber as Schigolch. Lulu's production team included co-director Luc De Wit, set designer Sabine Theunissen, costume designer Greta Goiris, lighting designer Urs Schönebaum, and projection designer Catherine Meyburgh, all of whom also worked on The Nose.

Picture Format: 1080i 29.97 HD 16:9

Colour mode: colour

Region Code: All Region

Disc Format: BD25

Duration: 182 mins

Sound: (1) Dolby TrueHD 24-bit Surround (2) Dolby TrueHD 24-bit Stereo

Subtitles: English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Subtitles: German, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

“Koenigs ensures maximum clarity from the strings and woodwind, especially in the orchestral interludes. It’s cool, clever playing that throws unusual focus on the seamy saxophone line that coils itself round each character’s description of Lulu. Peterson is tirelessly intelligent and musical…there is luxury support from Susan Graham, Paul Groves and Martin Winkler…it’s not a perfect performance. It’s not a perfect opera. But altogether it’s as fascinating as its heroine” BBC Music Magazine, February 2017 ****

“All the principals are strongly cast. There is as much frisson to Susan Graham’s voluptuously sung Countess Geschwitz as there is to Johan Reuter’s Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper, oozing power and entitlement from every phrase…conducting, singing, direction: they’re all of a piece, working to domesticate Berg’s feral beast, and making it the funniest, least absurd and most approachable Lulu on film” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

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Nielsen: Saul & David

Nielsen: Saul & David

Johan Reuter (Saul), Ann Petersen (Mikal), Morten Staugaard (Samuel), Susanne Resmark (Witch of Endor), Leif Jone Ølberg (Abner), Signe Sneh Schreiber (Abishai), Niels-Jorgen Riis (David), Michael Kristensen (Jonathan)

The Royal Danish Orchestra & The Royal Danish Opera Chorus, Michael Schønwandt

This DVD presents a spectacular new production of Carl Nielsen's dramatic debut opera, Saul & David from 1901 - a production marking the Royal Danish Opera’s celebration of the composer's 150th anniversary in 2015.

King Saul, bitterly jealous of young David, who won the favour of the people by defeating the giant Goliath, is staged in a highly original fashion by acclaimed English director and Nielsen enthusiast David Pountney, who updates the Biblical story to our own time, lending it psychological and political undertones.

The performance is conducted by Nielsen expert Michael Schønwandt and presents an array of Denmark's leading singers with Johan Reuter in the demanding role of King Saul, Niels-Jørgen Riis as David and Ann Petersen as his beloved Mikal.

“Johan Reuter is overwhelmingly good in what may be the best role of his life.” Opernwelt

“The renowned Nielsen interpreter Michael Schønwandt conducted with great love for the music that never smothered it: drawing warm and polished playing from the orchestra, he gave the impression of really channeling and shaping the music as it pulsed through him” Opera Magazine

Total duration: 2h 12min (132 minutes)

Booklet essays by director David Pountney and Nielsen scholar Knud Ketting

“Michael Schønwandt's expansive conducting conveys its epic scale and lyrical sweep…[Johann Reuter is] excellent here…his stage presence, arrogant yet vulnerable, is compelling. Niels-Jorgen Riis sings and portrays David more ardently than most…[and] Michael Kristensen makes a stronger than usual impression as the put-upon Jonathan…this is a strong performance which works well on screen.” BBC Music Magazine ****

“a riveting performance by Johan Reuter in both voice and acted intensity...Pountney's direction and the conducting of Michael Schonwandt help make much of characters who might easily remain sinecures...Orchestra and conductor unroll their home composer's score with richness and dexterity...Hugely recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

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The Unknown Carl Nielsen: Danish Songs in English

The Unknown Carl Nielsen: Danish Songs in English

Johan Reuter (baritone), Jan Philip Schulze (piano), Denise Beck (soprano), Clemens Hund-Göschel (piano)

Ars Nova Copenhagen, Michael Bojesen

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Nielsen: Maskarade

Nielsen: Maskarade

Johan Reuter, Stephen Milling, Niels-Jørgen Riis, Dénise Beck, Anne Margrethe Dahl, Ditte Højgaard Andersen, Guido Paevatalu

Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Michael Schønwandt

Carl Nielsen's vivid comedy opera Maskarade has enjoyed a natural status as Denmark's national opera ever since its first performance at the Royal Danish Opera in 1906.

On this recording, Nielsen expert Michael Schønwandt leads a sparkling cast of today’s finest Nielsen singers and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra through the delightful yet stirring comedy plot.

Recorded in the ideal acoustic of DR Koncerthuset, this is the 21st century’s first studio recording of Nielsen’s much-loved opera, appropriately released to celebrate the Danish composer’s 150th anniversary.

“here’s a cast (led by Johan Reuter and Niels Jorgen Riis) whose singing brings the comedy to life under the expert baton of Michael Schonwandt. Enjoy two hours of top-notch light music and brush up your Danish in the process.” The Times, 17th July 2015 ****

“Nielsen’s anniversary invites us to reassess the composer with new recordings, in this case a fourth – and successful – outing on disc for Maskarade...The new performance, like all previous rivals, builds on the strength of home casting at the work's alma mater, the Royal Danish Opera...there's a suitably towering comic monster performance from Stephen Milling.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

“The mighty bass Stephen Milling catches the ageing paterfamilias Jeronimus's comically fallible humanity likeable…Denise Beck and Ditte Højgaard Andersen as love interests Leonora and her maid Pernille are excellent, as are the many character roles. Michael Schønwandt conducts with great detail and sweep.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

“When played and sung like this, by a cast, conductor and orchestra who clearly relish every bar, it is hard not to be swept along by the warmth and generosity of spirit of the music...All squeeze the maximum dramatic juice out of what the score gives them; they may be stock comic characters, but the feelings with which Nielsen invests them are real enough.” The Guardian, 16th September 2015 ***

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A Guided Tour of the Baroque Era, Vol. 2

A Guided Tour of the Baroque Era, Vol. 2

Paul Grindlay (bass-baritone), Katherine Hill (soprano), Matthew White (counter-tenor), John Holloway (violin), Jaap ter Linden (viola da gamba), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord), Emma Kirkby (soprano), Manfredo Kraemer (violin), Johan Reuter (bass), Volker Ellenberger (organ), Julia Brown (organ), Wolfgang Rubsam (organ), Craig Cramer (organ), Jurgen Schuster (trumpet), Marion Newman (mezzo-soprano), Nancy Reynolds (alto), Estaban Cambre (bass), David Nortman (tenor), Jane Archibald (soprano), Michele de Boer (soprano), Anne L'Esperance (soprano), James McLennan (tenor), Giles Tomkins (bass-baritone), Colin Ainsworth (tenor), Christopher Dawes (organ), Christine Stelmacovich (alto), Curtis Streetman (bass), Tracy Smith Bessette (soprano), J. Reilly Lewis (organ), Anna Holbling (violin), Daniela Ruso (harpsichord), Jan Slavik (cello), Quido Holbling (violin), Vladimir Ruso (organ), Lucy van Dael (violin), Bob van Asperen (organ), Francois Fernandez (baroque violin), Glen Wilson (harpsichord), Ludovit Kanta (cello), Anthony Camden (oboe), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (organ)

Accademia Instrumentale Italiana, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Aradia Ensemble, Dufay Collective, Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Concert Spirituel Chorus, Capella Istropolitana, Washington Choral A, Diego Fasolis, Kevin Mallon, Ebbe Munk, Helmut Muller-Bruhl, Herve Niquet, Richard Edlinger, Norman Scribner, Jaroslav Krcek, Nicholas Ward

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Holten: Venus' Wheel

Holten: Venus' Wheel


Römische Elegien

Psalm 23 'Dominus regit me'

Gekommen: Cantigas d'amigo

Handel with Care (Variations on Darwin)

Rota Veneris


Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

arr. B. Holten for voice and choir

Joris Derder (baritone), Luc Tooten (cello), Johan Reuter (baritone), Sarah van Mol (soprano) & Hilde Venken (soprano)

Flemish Radio Choir, Bo Holten

Venus’ Wheel is a medieval symbolic framework for this collection of choral works by Bo Holten. Himself a renowned conductor, Holten leads the Flemish Radio Choir on a passionate journey through the many facets of love using the whole of musical history as a sounding board for his own contemporary idiom.

“As an unashamed neo-romantic, Holten responds magnificently to a wider range of love lyrics throughout the album...In terms of pure vocal pleasure, Holten's arrangements of one of Mahler's Rückert-Lieder takes the first prize...Well worth exploring.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“The performances under the composer’s own direction must surely be definitive. Certainly there need be no reservations on account of the performance standards since the Flemish Radio Choir here shows itself to be a highly accomplished and flexible ensemble. The recorded sound is very good, showing the performances in the best possible light” MusicWeb International, 2nd May 2013

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