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Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (1932-2016)

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Gudmundsen-Holmgreen & Rasmussen: Orchestral Works

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen & Rasmussen: Orchestral Works


Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Symphony-Antiphony

Rasmussen, K:

Symphony in Time


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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: 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: Mixed Company

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Mixed Company


Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Run for ten players

Turn II for four voices

Song for four voices

Play for fourteen instruments

Sound I for four voices

Sound II for four voices

Company for four voices and fourteen instruments


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Gudmundsen-Holmgreen - Plateaux

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen - Plateaux


Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Plateaux pour piano et orchestre

For Piano


Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932), one of the most important composers in Scandinavia, is both famous and notorious for simple, contrastful music that often borders on both the entertaining and the absurd.

Contrasts and simplicity are also evident in the world première recordings of the two works on this release: the piano concerto Plateaux pour piano et orchestre, followed by Holmgreen’s most expansive solo piano piece For Piano.

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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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Distant still

Distant still

Trios for violin, horn and piano


Eichberg:

Horn Trio

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Near still distant still

Ruders:

Horn Trio


The Danish Horn Trio

On this new Dacapo release, the acclaimed Danish Horn Trio brilliantly displays three of today's leading Danish composers' work with the horn trio phenomenon. All three composers on this CD clearly nod to the genre's legacy by Brahms and Ligeti, and all are profoundly inspired by the transparent soundscape of the three fundamentally different instruments – one bowed, one blown and one struck.

“Of the three works here for the horn trio combination made classic by the masterpieces of Brahms and Ligeti...none appears overawed by the possible comparisons. Taken together, they offer a fascinating cross-section of the diversity of temperament among Danish composers. Pride of place goes to the best-known figure of Poul Ruders...[Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's work] is music that derives maximum effect from minimal means” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

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Early and Late

Early and Late

Music from Denmark, Greenland and Faroe Islands


Glerup:

object/décalage

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Together or Not

Rasmussen, S:

Accvire

trad.:

Two Svabo Polonaises (from Denmark)

Tornge’s Song - Qaanaaq (from Greenland)

Qivittoq-song after Jakob Dorph (Nanortalik)

Ormurin Lang (from the Faroe Islands)

Regin Smiður (from the Faroe Islands)

Three Bridal Pieces from Sønderho (from Denmark)

Brestiskvæði

Ikerasak (from Greenland)

Goodnight and Farewell

DANISH TRAD. Two Svabo Polonaises

RUNE GLERUP (b. 1981): object/décalages (2007)

GREENLANDIC TRAD. Tornge’s Song (Qaanaaq)

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN (b. 1932): Together or Not (2012)

GREENLANDIC TRAD. Qivittoq-song after Jakob Dorph (Nanortalik)

FAROESE TRAD. Ormurin Langi + Regin Smiður

DANISH TRAD. Three Bridal Pieces from Sønderho

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN (b. 1961): Accvire (2008)

FAROESE TRAD. Brestiskvæði

GREENLANDIC TRAD. 10 Traditional song (Ikerasak)

FAROESE TRAD. Goodnight and Farewell


Gárman: Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (violin), Bolette Roed (recorder) & Andreas Borregard (accordion)

Traditional Nordic folk music with roots in the Middle Ages meets three new compositions by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Sunleif Rasmussen and Rune Glerup on this CD debut of the Danish trio Gáman. Traditional Nordic folk music with roots in the Middle Ages meets three new compositions by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Sunleif Rasmussen and Rune Glerup on this CD debut of the Danish trio Gáman.

“the disc offers a highly distinctive concept and timbral palette, and it is beautifully recorded.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

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Five Danish Piano Trios

Five Danish Piano Trios


Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Moments musicaux

Hegaard:

Like a Cube of Silence

Koch, J:

Piano Trio

Nielsen, S H:

Divertimento

Nørholm:

Trio No. 3 'Essai in memoriam', Op. 155


Trio Ismena

A special Nordic blend of lightness and melancholy is shared by the five piano trios on this CD, although it is indeed five highly individual composers that are presented here by prizewinning Ismena Trio.

The listener is taken from Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen’s dynamic inwardness through Jesper Koch’s elegance and Lars Hegaard’s sound-objects to Ib Nørholm’s masterly, rigorous expression and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s no less rigorously controlled yet more surprising exchanges of opinions between the instruments.

Trio Ismena has celebrated its 10th anniversary and is a well established ensemble on the Danish chamber music scene. After forming as a trio in 2004, Monika Malmquist (violin), Ida Nørholm(cello) and Christine Raft (piano) have thrilled audiences with their musical insight and seriousness.

“[The Gudmundsen-Holmgreen] piece is worth the price of the disc alone, and suggests that Nielsen's legacy of individuality has eclipsed Gade's ideas of conformity when it comes to Denmark's most worthy 21st-century music” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Kronos plays Holmgreen

Kronos plays Holmgreen


Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:

Concerto Grosso for string quartet and symphonic ensemble

Live recording

Moving Still

Last Ground for string quartet and ocean


Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932) is one of the leading Scandinavian composers, an outstanding and insistent voice from the generation born in the inter-war years.

This CD is the culmination of the composer’s unique collaboration with the world-famous American Kronos Quartet, which has been commissioning specially tailored works from the Danish composer for over 20 years.

2008 is the Kronos Quartet’s 35th anniversary year.

“They're up onstage and they're playing the right instruments, but these people do not look like the members of a string quartet. Instead of wearing tuxedos or evening gowns, they're dressed in black spandex. They're the Kronos Quartet—classical music's own Fab Four.” Rolling Stone magazine

“A dramatic, thought-provoking programme, performed with Kronos's customary brio and intensity.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2009 ****

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