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Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)

Holmboe: Chamber Music (I)

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Holmboe:

Primavera for flute, violin, cello and piano, Op. 55

Trio 'Gioco' for violin, viola and cello, Op. 155

Sonata per flauto-solo, Op. 71

Ballata for violin, viola, cello and piano, Op. 159

Quartetto for flute, violin, viola and cello, Op. 90


Ensemble MidtVest

This recording marks the beginning of a new series devoted to previously unrecorded chamber works by the Danish composer Vagn Holmboe. The music was written from the 1950s to the 1980s and ranges wide, all the way from the playful to the serious. Holmboe’s inexhaustible wealth of ideas and his mixture of lightness and ingenuity run through all the works. As does his ‘metamorphosis’ technique, which makes the music breathe and grow like the Nordic landscape of which Holmboe felt himself to be a part.

“As with all Holmboe's music, there are rewards in store for anyone who delights in following lines of pure musical thought. Nothing is gratuitous or extraneous; nor can the musical character ever be completely taken for granted...musical conversation is Holmboe's strong point, as it is for the excellent players on this cleanly recorded disc.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“Despite this music’s strong visceral undertow, it appeals at least as much to the intellect: it is highly crafted and, at first exposure, emotionally cool – yet also driven by the kind of passion often associated with Shostakovich.” MusicWeb International, 20th May 2013

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Holmboe: Chamber Music (II)

Holmboe: Chamber Music (II)


Holmboe:

Eco, Op. 186

Aspects, Op. 72

Sonata for solo cello, Op. 101

Jonathan Slaatto (cello)

Quartetto Medico, Op. 70

Sextet, Op. 114


Ensemble MidtVest

Throughout his long life, Danish composer Vagn Holmboe (1909-96) wrote music with a Zen-like balance between intellect and nature. He saw chamber music as an ideal world and expressed himself in a multiplicity of ensembles, forms and formats – as shown in this acclaimed series featuring the Danish group Ensemble MidtVest.

“Here is a different side to the composer, not the public orator but the craftsman of exquisitely designed ensemble pieces as much a delight to play as to hear.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“expressive, advocative readings from the all too under-exposed Ensemble MidtVest and Dacapo's bright, intimate engineering.” MusicWeb International, 17th June 2013

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Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies

Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies


Holmboe:

Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 53

Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 100 'Elegy'

Chamber Symphony No. 3, Op. 103a 'Frise' (Frieze)


Lapland Chamber Orchestra, John Storgårds

These are World premiere recordings of Vagn Holmboe's 3 masterly chamber symphonies, performed by an expert Finnish team. The Finnish conductor John Storgårds really stands out. In 2008 John Storgårds was appointed chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic, one of Scandinavia’s best and most tradition-rich orchestras. He is also artistic director of the magical Lapland Chamber Orchestra and since 2012 Principal Guest Conductor of BBC Philharmonic.

Vagn Holmboe’s three chamber symphonies span the period when the Danish composer immersed himself in symphonic works; they are a fine demonstration of his preoccupation with the processes of nature and the idea of musical metamorphoses.

“The grandeur Holmboe elicits from his small ensemble and basic thematic material is a lesson in compositional craft, the creation of a whole (considerably) greater than the sum of its parts...Excellent performances, superb sound: you will not hear a finer disc this year.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

GGramophone Magazine

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Holmboe: Sinfonias I-IV, Op. 73a-73d

Holmboe: Sinfonias I-IV, Op. 73a-73d


Søren Elbæk (violin), Troels Svane (cello)

Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Hannu Koivula

“The Danish Radio Sinfonietta plays with crisp ensemble, excellent tuning, and phrasing that gives direction to the composer's textures.” 10/10 Classics Today

“These four sinfonias for strings (1957-62) can be played either as independent pieces or – in a very particular sequence – as a large meta-symphony, Chairos, in which the four movements of Sinfonia IV frame and interlock with the single spans of IIII.
Dacapo present, intelligently, both versions, each on its own disc.
Holmboe explained that 'Chairos means “time” in the psychological sense, that is the passage of time as we sense it', in contrast to measured time (Chronos). Sinfonias I-III all embrace the main elements of traditional symphonism in their unbroken designs, the first two adopting broadly a slow-fast ground plan, III the reverse. If IV's sequence of prelude, interludes and postludes suggests something lightweight, this is misleading, for it's a highly impressive structure; the movement titles are relevant mostly for the larger composition.
It's unclear when Holmboe conceived this unusual double-form. The expressive characters and relative brevity of I and III suggest that he may have had a larger design in mind at first, though II, at 19 minutes, the longest by far of the four, hints at a totally separate genesis.
However the music started out, the achievement of Chairos is splendid testament to Holmboe's near-unique skill as a composer in the 20th century. In its larger form, it evinces a freedom of line and spontaneity of incident that suggests the tyranny of beat and bar-line had been cast off, yet in reality all is closely argued and achieved by total precision of means. Koivula and the Danish Radio Sinfonietta embrace this dichotomy in the music's soaring lines (which in the highest registers can sound just a touch thin) and multi-faceted fantasy.
Dacapo's sound is of demonstration quality.
Strongly recommended.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Holmboe: Solo and Chamber Works for Guitar

Holmboe: Solo and Chamber Works for Guitar


Holmboe:

Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 for solo guitar

Duo Concertato for violin and guitar

Parlare del più e del meno for solo guitar

Canto e Danza, Op. 191

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7 Folk Ballads arranged by the composer for recorder and guitar

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Intermezzi (5) for guitar, Op. 149


Jesper Sivebæk (guitar), Johannes Søe Hansen (violin) & Bolette Roed (recorder)

Danish composer Vagn Holmboe was so captivated by the guitar he wrote two beautiful sonatas and a number of solo pieces as well as duets for guitar and other instruments, combining his love of simple, transparent structures and organic musical development with the folklore of foreign cultures and his own Nordic roots. His solo and chamber works for guitar are heard on this CD, Canto e Danze and Folk Ballads in world première recordings.

“If you are searching - in terms of music and its presentation - for exemplary craftsmanship, subtlety of nuance and a profoundly satisfying experience, you need hear no further.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“the composer is not at his most compelling when writing for guitar, the idioms usually sounding slightly contrived in Scandinavian (and for that matter eastern European) hands, yet Jesper Siveboek's recital, with friends, is still a very pleasant way to spend a reflective hour or so.” MusicWeb International, 17th June 2013

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Holmboe: String Quartets Nos. 10, 11 & 12

Holmboe: String Quartets Nos. 10, 11 & 12


Holmboe:

String Quartet No. 10, Op. 102

String Quartet No. 11, Op. 111

String Quartet No. 12, Op. 116


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Holmboe: String Quartets Nos. 13-15

Holmboe: String Quartets Nos. 13-15


Holmboe:

String Quartet No. 13, Op. 124

String Quartet No. 14, Op. 125

String Quartet No. 15, Op. 135


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From the Merry Life of a Spy

From the Merry Life of a Spy

Music for brass quintet


Andresen:

Three Norwegian Dances

Borup-Jørgensen:

Quintet

Holmboe:

Brass Quintet No. 2, Op. 136

Brass Quintet No. 1, Op. 79

Nordentoft:

Three Studies for Brass Quintet

Nørholm:

From the Merry Life of a Spy, Op. 156


Art of Brass Copenhagen

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Hymn To The Sun

Hymn To The Sun

Works for a cappella choir


Bruun:

Forårssang

Vandring i skoven

Holmboe:

Solhymne

Holten:

Psalm 23 - Herren er min hyrde

Jersild:

Il cantico delle creature

Koppel, H D:

Three Pieces for Mixed Choir with Texts from the Psalms of David, Op. 74

Nørgård:

Two Hans Christian Andersen Poems

Ruders:

Three Motets


Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Søren Kinch Hansen

Hymn to the Sun is the debut CD from the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.

Hymn to the Sun presents some of the most prominent Danish 20th- and 21st-century composers of choral music in works using a modern, variegated musical language that draws inspiration from many different genres and styles. More than anything else, this is music inspired by highly evocative texts: Poems by Hans Christian Andersen; the Psalms of the Bible, and ancient poetry worshipping the Sun.

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L’homme Armé - Works for solo cello

L’homme Armé - Works for solo cello


Abrahamsen:

Sonata for solo cello

Holmboe:

Sonata for solo cello, Op. 101

Nielsen:

Siciliano

Once Upon A Time

Nørgård:

Sonata Breve: Sonata for solo cello No. 3 ‘What – is the word!'

Pape, A:

Siciliano Sconfortevole

Rasmussen, K:

Silhouette to a poem by Naja Marie Aidt

Rosing-Schow:

Siciliana

Ruders:

Bravour studies for solo cello over ‘L'homme armé'


Morten Zeuthen (cello)

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