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Bent Sørensen: La Notte

Bent Sørensen: La Notte


Sørensen, B:

Sieben Sehnsüchte for violin and piano

Rolf Hind (piano) & David Alberman (violin)

The Masque of the Red Death for piano

Rolf Hind (piano)

Piano Concerto 'La Notte'

Rolf Hind (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Michael Schønwandt


These three works all are released here for the first time on CD. The music of Bent Sørensen has been highly praised by all the major classical music magazines, with BBC Music Magazine awarding 5 stars and ‘Choral & Song Choice’ for Sørensen’s Requiem (6220571) in October 2012.

Rolf Hind is an English pianist and has earned an enviable reputation as one of today’s foremost interpreters of new music. The pairing with the BBC SO gives this release a strong platfom in the UK market.

“In all three pieces I can imagine greater variety of pianistic colour and attack. Nevertheless, the performances are clearly admirably prepared, and recording quality and documentation are excellent.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

“First recordings of three works from the 1990s, each involving the piano — beautifully played by Hind — but linked in other ways.” Sunday Times, 14th April 2013

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Bent Sørensen: Snowbells

Bent Sørensen: Snowbells

Works for choir


Sørensen, B:

“og solen går ned” (“and the sun sets”)

Sneeklokken (The snowbell)

Sneklokker (Snowbells)

Gråfødt (Greyborn)

Livet og døden (Life and death)

Motets (3)

Lacrimosa

Benedictus

Havet står så blankt og stille (The sea stands so still and shining)


Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Paul Hillier

Bent Sørensen's atmospheric vocal work Sneklokker (Snowbells) from 2010 arose as the audio accompaniment for the unique art installation ‘The White Forest’, in which an area in a summer-green forest was partly transformed into a snow-white winter forest. In this premiere recording by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and conductor Paul Hillier the listener is guided through an almost unearthly landscape of human voices interwoven with the recorded sound of the bells of the village churches around the forest. The CD also offers a selection of sacred and secular choral works by Sørensen with texts by leading Danish poets, from both Romanticism and the present day.

“It reminds me of something I’ve never heard!”

Such was the spontaneous reaction of the Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim upon hearing a work by Bent Sørensen. And it is not easy to imagine a more strangely to-the-point description of the ambiguous, almost paradoxical expressive idiom of this unique composer, who is without doubt the leading Danish composer of his generation.

Sørensen’s music is not recycled; in no way does it rely on the yellowing pages of history for its musical nourishment. His musical language is undeniably of the present day, both aesthetically and technically. The music does, however, appear to be pervaded with memories, wisdom of experience and old dreams, of the inevitability of transitoriness and parting. It is a flickering, glittering world where things seem to disappear at the slightest touch.

The moment something becomes tangible and recognizable, it dissolves, becomes obscured, or disappears. But this ghost-like indistinctness is nevertheless the work of an experienced illusionist. Perhaps Sørensen’s most singular talent is his ability to give voice to this indistinctness, to render it distinct and clear. Often he places very simple musical material inside an ingenious musical “hall of mirrors” in which echoes, and echoes of echoes, spread like ripples in water; the quiet, smudged contours, which sound as though heard through falling rain or misted windows, are always drawn in minute, calligraphic detail.

“All-round excellence and a disc that’s unusually moving in one sitting – a perfect preface to the silence Sorensen seems so acutely aware of and, sometimes, hesitant to fill” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

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Bent Sørensen: Sounds Like You (Live)

Bent Sørensen: Sounds Like You (Live)


Sørensen, B:

Intermezzi

Sounds Like You


Loré Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano), Signe Asmussen (mezzo-soprano)

DR SymfoniOrkestret, DR VokalEnsemblet, Thomas Dausgaard

Bent Sørensen’s work Sounds Like You, with text by playwright Peter Asmussen, is a coupling of music and theatre, of orchestral work and drama, or in the composer’s own words: a theatrical play that has become an orchestral work and vice versa.

The piece was commissioned by DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) in collaboration with the Bergen Festival and is here recorded in a live performance by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, two actors and a selection of singers from the Danish National Vocal Ensemble under Thomas Dausgaard.

On the CD, Sounds Like You is combined with Intermezzi, a five-movement suite for two mezzo-sopranos and orchestra, based on Sørensen’s and Asmussen’s opera 'Under the Sky'.

”It reminds me of something I’ve never heard!” - such was the spontaneous reaction of the Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim upon hearing a work by Bent Sørensen. And it is not easy to imagine a more strangely to-the-point description of the ambiguous, almost paradoxical expressive idiom of this unique composer, who is without doubt the leading Danish composer of his generation.

Sørensen’s music is not recycled. In no way does it rely on the yellowing pages of history for its musical nourishment. His musical language is undeniably of the present day, both aesthetically and technically. The music does, however, appear to be pervaded with memories, wisdom of experience and old dreams, of the inevitability of transitoriness and parting. It is a flickering, glittering world where things seem to disappear at the slightest touch.

The moment something becomes tangible and recognizable, it dissolves, becomes obscured, or disappears. But this ghost-like indistinctness is nevertheless the work of an experienced illusionist: Perhaps Sørensen’s most singular talent is his ability to give voice to this indistinctness, to render it distinct and clear. Often he places very simple musical material inside an ingenious musical 'hall of mirrors' in which echoes, and echoes of echoes, spread like ripples in water. The quiet, smudged contours, which sound as though heard through falling rain or misted windows, are always drawn in minute, calligraphic detail.

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Danish Piano Trios

Danish Piano Trios


Abrahamsen:

Traumlieder

Nørgård:

Spell

Sørensen, B:

Phantasmagoria


Trio con Brio Copenhagen

This new release boasts three of Denmark’s greatest contemporary composers. Sørensen, Nørgård and Abrahamsen have all created new forms of musical expression that manage to renew a deep romantic yearning of the intangible and mysterious.

The Trio con Brio Copenhagen are a superlative and unique group, highly praised for their sensitivity and interpretation of ‘new’ music - Classic FM Magazine wrote of them: ‘the Copenhagen players go the full distance with playing of skin-rippling sensitivity’.

“The piano trio in Denmark is alive and well, judging from this new release by Trio Con Brio Copenhagen, which shows this technically exacting medium in a varied perspective.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

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Karl Aage Rasmussen & Bent Sørensen: Music for String Quartet

Karl Aage Rasmussen & Bent Sørensen: Music for String Quartet


Rasmussen, K:

Solos and Shadows

Surrounded by Scales

Sørensen, B:

Alman

Adieu

Angels' Music


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Nørgård: The Will-o'-the-Wisps are in Town (original version), etc.

Nørgård:

The Will-o'-the-Wisps are in Town (original version)

Sørensen, B:

Den lille havfrue (The Little Mermaid)


Inger Dam-Jensen, Ylva Kihlberg (soprano), Helen Gjerris (mezzo-soprano), Gert Henning-Jensen, Bo Kristian Jensen (tenor) & Jens Albinus (recitation)

Sol Og Måne, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, Thomas Dausgaard

“…The Will-o'-the-Wisps Go to Town (2003-4) is a sizeable work in a prologue, 10 sections and epilogue for solo singers, narrator, children's and adults' choirs and orchestra… This performance, expertly directed by Thomas Dausgaard and beautifully recorded, catches all the nuances of this often delightful score. Sørensen's The Little Mermaid... presents a musical impression of the tale rather than a straight depiction. A radiant score running for almost 27 minutes, it is beautifully orchestrated and the more unified of the two works. A marvellous live performance, with Inger Dam-Jensen and Gert Henning-Jensen the exemplary soloists, splendidly recorded.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards 2006

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Ockeghem & Sørensen: Requiem

Ockeghem & Sørensen: Requiem


Ockeghem:

Missa Pro Defunctis

Sørensen, B:

Fragments of Requiem

I Responsorium: Memento mei Deus (Sørensen)

II Introitus (Ockeghem)

III Kyrie (Ockeghem)

IV Sequentia: a. Rex tremendae (plainchant) b. Recordare Jesu pie (Sørensen) c. Juste judex (plainchant)

d. Lacrimosa (Sørensen)

V Graduale (Ockeghem)

VI Tractus (Ockeghem)

VII Sanctus (Sørensen, Ockeghem, Monteverdi)

VIII Benedictus (Sørensen)

IX Agnus dei (plainchant)

X Offertorium (Ockeghem)

XI In paradisum (Sørensen)


The 500 years that separate Renaissance master Johannes Ockeghem and Danish composer Bent Sørensen seem to disappear in this extraordinary Requiem which is a totality integrated both dramatically and musically; a work that unites the stylistic contrasts in a mode of expression that seems at once timeless and entirely present.

The project has been initiated by conductor Paul Hillier and interpreted by his GRAMMY-winning ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen. To watch a promotional video please visit http://youtu.be/_n95HwndReg

“Sorensen achieves a convincing transition between the two styles, using the plainchant as a kind of mediation...Sorensen specifies the positioning of the choir and individual voices: the outstanding performances and recording vividly bring out this spatial aspect of the music in both SACD and stereo” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 *****

“Paul Hillier was the Hilliard's director when they recorded Ockeghem's Requiem and his view of the work has hardly changed, though the ensemble he now leads is very different. So, rather than reinvent the wheel, Hillier intersperses its movements...with pieces by the Danish composer Bent Sorensen...Those who know their polyphony, by the way, will enjoy Sorensen's splicing and looping together of Sanctus settings by Monteverdi and Ockeghem.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - October 2012

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

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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’spiano 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.

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Through the Looking Glass: Alpha

Through the Looking Glass: Alpha


Abrahamsen:

Flowersongs

Schnee

Nørgård:

Heyday’s Night

Ruders:

Star Prelude and Love Fugue

Carnival

Isternia

arr.: Peter Navarro-Alonso

Sørensen, B:

Looking on Darkness

arr.: Peter Navarro-Alonso


Alpha: Bolette Roe (recorder), Peter Navarro-Alonso (saxophone) & David Hildebrandt (percussion)

Denmark’s four leading composers – Poul Ruders, Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen - have allowed the experimental trio Alpha to take their music behind the looking glass and let their works re-emerge in the trio’s very own sound world. Played and recorded entirely by heart, Alpha’s close encounter with the musical essences of seven different works seems to reveal the form and richness of each composer’s imagination in a new magical reflection.

“Alpha's playing is as secure in soloistic as in ensemble terms, and it has been caught to ideal effect in the warmly atmospheric acoustic of Hørsholm Church.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

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