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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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Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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Holten: Venus' Wheel

Holten: Venus' Wheel


Holten:

Römische Elegien

Psalm 23 'Dominus regit me'

Gekommen: Cantigas d'amigo

Handel with Care (Variations on Darwin)

Rota Veneris

Mahler:

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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Bo Holten - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Bo Holten - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell


Holten:

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

(six poems by William Blake)

First Snow

A Time for Everything

Rain and Rush and Rosebush

In Nomine for 24 solo voices


Micaela Haslam, Catherine Bott (soprano solos)

BBC Singers, Bo Holten

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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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