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Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Volume 1

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Volume 1


Riisager:

Symphony No. 1, Op. 8

Erasmus Montanus, Op. 1

Klods Hans (Jack the Dullard), Op. 18

Comoedie, Op. 21

Fastelavn (Shrovetide), Op. 20


Dacapo Records are delighted to present this world premiere recording series of the five symphonies by Knudåge Riisager. After having issued the composer's orchestral and ballet music, we have now reached Riisager's absolute key works in the devoted hands of conductor Bo Holten and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. The cycle opens with the virtuosic Symphony No. 1. Also featured are four lively and humorous orchestral pieces.

“None of these pieces is exactly easy to play, the more so since none is in any orchestra's repertoire (nor, to be realistic, ever likely to be). The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra acquits itself bravely under Bo Holten's firm direction and, as usual from this source, recording quality and documentation are first-rate.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“entirely idiomatic readings, with the rhythms fully sprung; the intricate details of Riisager's often headlong writing obviously holding no fears for the musicians...Not unalloyed gold...but very good fun, with occasional depths (the slow movement of the Symphony eventually reveals some strength of feeling), and some roller-coaster handling of the orchestra. Worth your time.” International Record Review, January 2012

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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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Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Volume 3

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Volume 3


Riisager:

Summer Rhapsody (on Danish folk melodies) for orchestra

Sinfonia Concertante per strumenti ad arco, Op. 34

Sinfonia gaia (Symphony No. 4), Op. 38

Sinfonia serena (Symphony No. 5) for strings and timpani, Op. 52


In this series of world premiere recordings of the symphonic music of Knudåge Riisager (1897-1974), you get to know the charming Danish composer through a genre he once tried to 'kill off ', yet at the same time refused to abandon. The Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, recorded here along with the Sinfonia concertante and the entertaining Summer Rhapsody, show Riisager as a searching, unprejudiced composer for whom the classical form types, despite all opposition, kept their attraction and fascination.

“All this music is unchallenging and easy to listen to on a first hearing. Most of it bears repeated listening too...We are fortunate indeed to have such worthwhile music available on disc...Highly recommended.” International Record Review, May 2014

“For those yet to commit to this cycle, the present volume may well prove the most rewarding...The ASO are in fine form - there is some tremendous brass-playing on the Summer Rhapsody, but the string sections too are worthy of especial mention. Under Bo Holten they have emerged as compelling advocates of Riisager's music.” MusicWeb International, 21st March 2014

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Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Volume 2

Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition Volume 2


Riisager:

T-DOXC (poème mécanique), Op. 13

Symphony No. 2, Op. 14

Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 24

Primavera, Concert Overture, Op. 31

Sinfonia (Symphony No. 3), Op. 30


This second volume presents some highly original and imaginative Riisager works from the 1920s and 30s - from the tribute to the aeroplane T-DOXC to the two bright symphonies and the neo-Baroque Concerto for Orchestra.

“Holten and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra manage to negotiate these tricky scores with a minimum of rough edges and even to give an impression of seasoned acquaintance.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2013

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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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Erik Norby: The Rainbow Snake

Erik Norby: The Rainbow Snake

Orchestral Songs and Symphonic Works


Norby:

The Rainbow Snake

Rilke-Lieder for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Edvard Munch Trilogy - a Requiem


Hanne Fischer (mezzo-soprano)

Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Bo Holten

The Danish composer Erik Norby had a delicate Late Romantic colour in his music and a highly sophisticated feeling for the many possibilities of the symphony orchestra. This CD features his spectacular breakthrough work The Rainbow Snake from 1975 as well as his Edvard Munch Trilogy and the Rilke-Lieder for mezzo-soprano and orchestra in new recordings by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Hanne Fischer and conductor Bo Holten.

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Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works

Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works


Olsen, P:

Variations symphoniques, Op. 27

Concerto pour piano et orchestre, Op. 31

Christina Bjørkøe (piano)

Au fond de la nuit


The Danish composer Poul Rovsing Olsen’s background was in the Danish-French tradition, and his works are typified by clear-cut rhythms, expressive melody lines and colourful tonal effects.

This world première recording of his dazzling Concerto pour Piano et Orchestre together with his two major orchestral works Variations Symphoniques and Au Fond de la Nuit features pianist Christina Bjørkøe accompanied by the Odense Symphony Orchestra and conductor Bo Holten.

“It is played with aplomb and audible relish, as are the couplings, by the Odense Symphony Orchestra, by the Odense Symphony Orchestra, superbly marshalled by Bo Holten. Dacapo's sound is excellent and the disc is a fine introduction to this composer.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

“Christina Bjørkøe is well-known for her recordings of Danish piano and chamber music. She handles the wide changes of tempo and mood in the Piano Concerto with great aplomb and subtlety...this disc will serve as a useful introduction to the composer’s works.” MusicWeb International, March 2013

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Nielsen: Cantatas

Nielsen: Cantatas


Jens Albinus, Ditte Højgaard Andersen, Mathias Hedegaard & Palle Knudsen

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Chorus of the Danish National Opera, Aarhus Cathedral Choir & Vox Aros, Bo Holten & Thomas Søndergård

There are still unknown, exciting sides to Denmark’s world-famous composer, Carl Nielsen (1865-1931).

On this CD you can hear the premiere recordings of two of his cantatas for choir, soloists and orchestra.

The cantatas were written in 1908-09, when Carl Nielsen was in one of his most productive phases. They have been performed several times since, but it is only in connection with the new collected edition of Nielsen’s works that they have appeared in print.

The same is true of his genial Homage to Holberg, written in 1923 to celebrate the great 18th-century dramatist to whom Carl Nielsen also paid homage with his opera Maskarade.

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Emil Reesen - Orchestral Works

Emil Reesen - Orchestral Works


Reesen:

Polka (From The Contest of the Goddesses)

Greenlandic Folk Music

Trianon: Suite 1

Variations on an overture and theme by Schubert

Agnethe and the Merman

I Walked out on a Summer’s Day

Gaucho Suite

Himmerland

Festival March


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Hartmann - Orchestral Works

Hartmann - Orchestral Works


Hartmann, W E Z:

Nordic Folkdances

Hakon Jarl

A Carnival Feast


Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Bo Holten

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