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Sørensen: Mignon

Sørensen: Mignon


Sørensen, B:

Mignon

Serenissima for solo violin

Sinful Songs for ensemble

premiere recording

The Lady of Shalott

Ständchen for 8 players

premiere recording

The Weeping White Room for piano and ensemble


Katrine Gislinge (piano), John Storgårds (conductor/violin)

Lapland Chamber Orchestra

Bent Sørensen’s piano concerto Mignon–part of his Papillonstrilogy –reveals textural beauty and melodic elegance in a language both modernist and sweetly nostalgic. The piece was written for Katrine Gislinge, one of the most significant pianists in Scandinavia, and on this premiere recording she is accompanied by Lapland Chamber Orchestra, conducted by John Storgårds. Storgårdseven performs Sørensen’s two pieces for solo violin, Serenissima and The Lady of Shalott. Also included are the premiere recordings of the ensemble pieces Ständchen and Sinful Songs.

“There is an almost unbearable, icy tenderness to [Mignon] (the excellent sleeve notes aptly describe Sorensen’s harmonies as ‘like smoke: forming suddenly only to disintegrate’) and the intricate score is performed with great clarity and beauty by pianist Katrine Gislinge and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra” BBC Music Magazine, March 2017 *****

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Nielsen: The Organ Works

Nielsen: The Organ Works


Nielsen:

Festive Prelude

29 Little Preludes for organ, Op. 51 (FS136)

Naar jeg betænker Tid og Stund

Torsten Nielsen (baritone)

Et helligt Liv, en salig Død

Torsten Nielsen (baritone)

Forunderligt at sige (Text: Grundtvig)

Torsten Nielsen (baritone)

Frisk op! Endnu engang

Torsten Nielsen (baritone)

Ak, min Rose visner bort

Torsten Nielsen (baritone)

Guds Engle I Flok from FS 83

Torsten Nielsen (baritone)

Two Preludes for organ

Melody

Commotio for organ, Op. 58 (FS155)


Carl Nielsen(1865-1931) began writing for the organ only late in life. Starting with the 29 Little Preludes for Organ, Nielsen invented a personal organ style both Baroque and very Nielsenesque, refined in his last major work, the monumental Commotio. On this CD Professor Bine Bryndorf performs Nielsen’s organ works on the ideally suited organ at NikolajKunsthalin Copenhagen, adding a selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs with baritone Torsten Nielsen.

“A splendid disc that throws welcome light onto an under-appreciated area of Nielsen’s output.” MusicWeb International, 8th February 2017

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Bruun: The Green Groves

Bruun: The Green Groves


Bruun:

Perletåredråber (Pearls of Tears)

The Green Groves

The Black Waters

Big Bird and his Friends


Ensemble MidtVest

Even in its most expressive passages, the music of Peter Bruun (b. 1968) owns an innocence in tone that normally belongs to childhood; an innocence that is more common in folk music or pop songs, but one which Peter Bruun grafts on to chamber music by maintaining an intensity and energy of expression that few composers have at their disposal. This album presents four of Bruun’s most evocative chamber works in world premiere recordings by Danish Ensemble MidtVest.

Peter Bruun’s background is in the ‘rhythmic’ genres. In 1989 he began studying composition with Niels Marthinsen, and at the same time studied philosophy at the university. In 1991-1997 he trained as a composer and music teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus. His composition teachers there were Karl Aage Rasmussen and Per Nørgård. Peter Bruun has mainly composed vocal music and works for small ensembles. He also teaches music theory at the Academy in Århus.

In 2008 Peter Bruun recieved the Nordic Council Music Prize for the successful opera MIKI Alone written for Figura Ensemble. Beforehand Peter Bruun has received the National Arts Foundation three-year grant (1996) and Wilhelm Hansen Composer Prize (2000).

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Rasmussen, S: Symphony No. 2 'The Earth Anew'

Rasmussen, S: Symphony No. 2 'The Earth Anew'


Cyndia Sieden (soprano), Bo Skovhus (soprano)

Akademiska Sångföreningen, Muntra Musikanter, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds

The second symphony of the prize-winning Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen (b. 1961) is composed as a life cycle based on the Old Norse myth of the tree of life, Yggdrasil, and carries the title ‘The Earth Anew’. Inspired by natural phenomena and Faroese melodies, Rasmussen is a great believer in a shared Nordic identity, and this world premiere recording bears witness to his strong artistic partnership with Finnish conductor John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

“New music of a very, very high quality in a thrilling performance- and we have Storgards to thank for both.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

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Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Incontri

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Incontri

Works for Orchestra


Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Incontri for orchestra

Mirror II for orchestra

Symphony-Antiphony


The concept of musical meetings – in Italian “incontri” – is a common denominator in the three orchestral pieces by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen on this CD, recorded in the presence of the composer by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard. The fantastic hallucinogenic landscape of the title work, presented here in a live recording from the BBC Proms 2012, meets the pulsating irony of the two modern classics Symphony, Antiphony and Mirror II – all three works reflecting the composer’s lifelong fascination with the absurd.

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was one of the most striking composers from northern Europe over the past half century – a unique personality and a major figure in Danish musical life, even though he considered himself to be an outsider.

He was born in 1932 and had his debut as a composer in 1955. In his early works, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was inspired by such figures as Nielsen, Bartók and Stravinsky. Around 1960, he became a leading figure within ‘the new simplicity’: laconic music which nevertheless, in Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s hands, could be extremely ambiguous. Equivocality and a provocative absurdity are recurrent features of his production. As he himself formulated it: ‘I often write music that cannot make up its mind, and that is deliberate.’

The material in Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s music was often extremely restricted. Motifs and sound elements are repeated and displayed without mercy, since confrontation for him was artistically speaking the salt of life. This led both to violent clashes and to completely static, eventless modes of expression.

“Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was a distinctive voice. These performances from Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Symphony Orchestra could not be bettered. The recordings are all tip top and there are excellent booklet notes from Andrew Mellor…this is a stunning new release from Dacapo.” The Classical Reviewer, 20th October 2016

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Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Green Ground

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Green Ground


Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Green for 4 solo voices

Theatre of Voices

String Quartet No. 10 'New Ground'

Kronos Quartet

New Ground Green for 4 solo voices and string quartet

Theatre of Voices

String Quartet No. 11 'No Ground'

Kronos Quartet

No Ground Green for 4 solo voices and string quartet

Theatre of Voices & Kronos Quartet


This album presents the world premiere recording of a unique new set of pieces by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (1932-2016), written and dedicated to his Grammy-winning playmates in the Kronos Quartet and Theatre of Voices with conductor Paul Hillier. Using a text from Henry VIII’s Songbook and taking musical inspiration from the old ‘ground’ technique and from a certain famous Baroque canon, Green Ground offers a kaleidoscopic trip through the enchanting world of PGH, offering independent layers of playful sounds for strings and voices and then merging them together to the accompaniment of wooden percussion instruments.

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was one of the most striking composers from northern Europe over the past half-century – a unique personality and a major figure in Danish musical life, even though he considered himself to be an outsider.

He was born in 1932 and had his debut as a composer in 1955. In his early works, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was inspired by such figures as Nielsen, Bartók and Stravinsky. Around 1960, he became a leading figure within ‘the new simplicity’: laconic music which nevertheless, in Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s hands, could be extremely ambiguous. Equivocality and a provocative absurdity are recurrent features of his production. As he himself formulated it: ‘I often write music that cannot make up its mind, and that is deliberate.’

The material in Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s music was often extremely restricted. Motifs and sound elements are repeated and displayed without mercy, since confrontation for him was artistically speaking the salt of life. This led both to violent clashes and to completely static, eventless modes of expression.

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Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Repriser

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Repriser


Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Og for 17 players

Repriser for large ensemble

Rerepriser for large ensemble

Songs to Texts by Politiken (3)

Traffic for 18 musicians


Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Jean-Pierre Valade & Jesper Nordin

The music of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen is at its most affecting when it is at its most absurd – as in the sinfonietta works on this recording by the composer’s longtime artistic accomplice Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen. The points of departure for the classically absurd PGH pieces on this album range from a red Skoda door, given to the composer by Athelas as a gift (Traffic), over randomly picked newspaper articles (Three Songs to Texts by Politiken) to general inspiration from Samuel Beckett (Repriser and Rerepriser) and Søren Kierkegaard (Og).

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was one of the most striking composers from northern Europe over the past half century – a unique personality and a major figure in Danish musical life, even though he considered himself to be an outsider.

He was born in 1932 and had his debut as a composer in 1955. In his early works, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was inspired by such figures as Nielsen, Bartók and Stravinsky. Around 1960, he became a leading figure within ‘the new simplicity’: laconic music which nevertheless, in Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s hands, could be extremely ambiguous. Equivocality and a provocative absurdity are recurrent features of his production. As he himself formulated it: ‘I often write music that cannot make up its mind, and that is deliberate.’

The material in Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s music was often extremely restricted. Motifs and sound elements are repeated and displayed without mercy, since confrontation for him was artistically speaking the salt of life. This led both to violent clashes and to completely static, eventless modes of expression.

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Olesen: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Olesen: The Picture of Dorian Gray


Danish National Opera & Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Joachim Gustafsson

The staging of the Danish composer Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen’s opera The Picture of Dorian Gray (2013) is one of Den Jyske Opera’s (Danish National Opera) bravest ventures in recent years: a choreographed opera with no singers on stage – based on Oscar Wilde’s most controversial novel. Like Wilde’s novel, Agerfeldt Olesen’s opera balances between reality and dream or imagination. Consequently, both sounds from the world of yesterday and outbreaks of the musical genre are present in Agerfeldt Olesen’s score, though primarily expressing the composer’s own distinctive sound. The prizewinning Swedish choreographer Marie Brolin-Tani has conceived the choreography seen on the opera stage as a strong sensual interpretation of the actions and conflicts of the drama.

Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen trained as a cellist and composer at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Århus, studying composition with Poul Ruders, Karl Aage Rasmussen, Olav Anton Thommesen, Henryk Gorecki in Poland and Bent Sørensen.

In recent years Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen has become a particularly sought-after composer, and he works with many prominent Danish and foreign ensembles including WDR Radiosinfonieorchester Stuttgart, the Århus Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the Danish National Opera, Quartetto di Cremona, Henschel Quartet, Pellegrini Quartet, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Århus Sinfonietta, PLEX (formerly The Other Opera), Rolf Hind, Thomas Hell and the Danish String Quartet.

Sung in English

Subtitles: English, Danish

Menu language: English

Sound format: Stereo 2.0

Region code: 0

Running time: 107 min.

DVD 9 / NTSC

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Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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More French Pieces

More French Pieces


Debussy:

Cello Sonata

Fauré:

Élégie in C minor, Op. 24

Berceuse, Op. 16

Papillon, Op. 77

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Saint-Saëns:

Romance in F major, Op. 36

Romance, Op. 51

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Vierne, L:

Deux Pièces Op. 7

Le Soir, Op. 5

Pièces en style libre, Op. 31: No. 13, Légende


Henrik Dam Thomsen (cello), Ulrich Stærk (piano)

This album features two excellent Danish musicians in love with the luxuriant French repertoire of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henrik Dam Thomsen (cello) and Ulrich Stærk (piano) explore the sensual miniatures of Gabriel Fauré, the melodious grace of Camille Saint-Saëns and the stylistic purity of Louis Vierne in beautiful contrast to the fragmented and virtuosic impressionism of Claude Debussy.

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Ole Buck: Sinfonietta Works

Ole Buck: Sinfonietta Works


Buck, O:

A Tree for 13 musicians

Fiori di ghiaccio for 9 instruments

Flower Ornament Music for 17 instruments

[Untitled] (2010) for 8 instruments


Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Jesper Nordin

The music of Ole Buck (b. 1945) is simple and beauty-seeking, sophisticated and surprising on its own terms. In some works he will make do with as few as five notes, but the composer’s incomparable sense of timing ensures that the listener never feels the need for more. This album presents premiere recordings of four of Buck’s works, of which three are inspired by nature: Fiori di ghiaccio (‘Ice Flowers’), A Tree and Flower Ornament Music – all recorded by Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen and conductor Jesper Nordin.

Ole Buck is one of the best kept secrets in Danish contemporary music. He is unknown to the general public, esteemed by all who have heard his music. Ole Buck has developed his own “new simplicity” and has worked with repetitions of a small number of crystallized tones, which are dabbed through the music like brush-stokes in a Japanese drawing. With his pristine expressive idiom, many stylistic elements find a place in Buck’s music. His works are elaborated down to the smallest detail, with many exquisite, elegant features. On the surface the music may seem cool, but beneath this there are always narrative or playful elements. Ole Buck has composed several chamber works in succession as well as instrumental works for large ensembles, for example the four-seasons piece Landskaber (Landscapes).

“The Athelas Sinfonietta’s playing is suitably hypnotic, with beautiful solos and a sense of the music’s haze despite a close recording. Resonant and fascinating music from a composer who knows himself and his art” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2016

“Minimal minimalism of great interest and variety – one to explore.” Music Week, October 2016

“Shimmering, glowing music with an ostinato pulsation. Should quickly win new friends” MusicWeb International, 12th August 2016

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