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Rasmussen, S: Symphony No. 2 'The Earth Anew'

Rasmussen, S: Symphony No. 2 'The Earth Anew'


Cyndia Sieden (soprano), Bo Skovhus (soprano)

Akademiska Sångföreningen, Muntra Musikanter, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds

The second symphony of the prize-winning Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen (b. 1961) is composed as a life cycle based on the Old Norse myth of the tree of life, Yggdrasil, and carries the title ‘The Earth Anew’. Inspired by natural phenomena and Faroese melodies, Rasmussen is a great believer in a shared Nordic identity, and this world premiere recording bears witness to his strong artistic partnership with Finnish conductor John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

“New music of a very, very high quality in a thrilling performance- and we have Storgards to thank for both.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

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Per Nørgård: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6

Per Nørgård: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6


Nørgård:

Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 6 'At the End of the Day'


“I feel each of my symphonies is a whole continentin itself,” the Danish composer PerNørgård(b. 1932) has said. His music stems from an insatiable urge to explore thepheno menaof the world and the possibilities of music, and his eight symphonies stand as milestones along the course of six decades. This recording with the Oslo Philharmonicconducted by JohnStorgårdspresents Per Nørgård’sSecondSymphony, in which the composer unfolds his famous ‘infinity principle’ euphorically and almost psychedelically, and his Sixth Symphony, in which the mature composer proves more exploratory andplayfulthan ever.

“exemplary performances from the Oslo Philharmonic in crystalline recordings that fasten on every sonic detail in the scores...what all these symphonies offer is unlike anything any other composer is writing today.” The Guardian, 15th June 2016 ****

“Cumulatively beautiful, structurally tangible and deliciously pure. The Oslo Philharmonic’s ability to collectively recede as if into a minimalist canvas, parts emerging thereafter with brightness and intent without distorting the contours, makes this performance. In music that’s deceptively tricky to pace, Storgårds delivers – again.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

“There’s something almost miraculous about the way Finnish conductor John Storgards has brought this music so finely and compellingly into focus…[in the Second] all is ghostly detached sounds, but then a melodically tight little figure in running notes starts to unfold, somehow transforming yet remaining essentially the same…yet the effect isn’t coldly cerebral: it feels natural, instinctual – as do the exultant brass and bells climaxes that grow out of it” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 *****

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Per Nørgård: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Per Nørgård: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


Nørgård:

Symphony No. 4

Symphony No. 5


Per Nørgård’smusic originates in an inextinguishable desire to explore the marvels of the world and the powers of music.His eight symphonies stand as milestones, composed through six decades, each with its own unique musical world. This recording by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestraand conductor John Storgårdspresents two of Nørgård’smost dramatic works; the chaotic and troubled Symphony No. 4inspired by the schizophrenic Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli, and the fearless Symphony No. 5, in which the composer seems to embrace violent forces of nature.

“The detail in the writing – articulation bestowed upon single instruments in the tiniest of gestures – is beguiling. So are these performances. Listening across the orchestra is vital in this music, just as in Sibelius. The Oslo Philharmonic sound settled at the foundations while suggesting spontaneity on the surface…the brass and percussion offer extreme restraint and delicacy” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

“At times, listening to these quixotically vibrant, multi-layered scores, Jackson Pollock at his craziest has come to mind: you sense the energy in the teeming textures, but trying to find reassuring form can induce vertigo…Storgards has drawn out the Ariadne’s thread I always sensed had to be there and pulled it just tight enough” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 *****

“John Storgårds makes a strong case for these symphonies; the recording is among Dacapo’s best” MusicWeb International, 29th June 2016

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Sunleif Rasmussen: Motion/Emotion

Sunleif Rasmussen: Motion/Emotion

Chamber Music


Rasmussen, S:

Motion/Emotion

Four Gardens

Cantus Borealis for wind quintet

Vetrarmyndir (Winter Pictures)

Andalag #2 for two flutes


Lapland Chamber Orchestra, John Storgårds

In the five works on this new recording, the prize-winning Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen (b. 1961) lets the melodies of Faroese folk songs become the musical DNA in powerful sound-evocations of nature - either latently as a basis for ingenious constructions of great sensuality, or quite directly, so that anyone in the North Atlantic islands can hum along. Interpreted by the acclaimed Lapland Chamber Orchestra under the baton of John Storgårds, Rasmussen’s music is in strong fellow Nordic hands on this recording.

“Superb performances throughout from the funding-threatened Lapland Chamber Orchestra players, with Dacapo's standard excellent sound.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

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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

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Romantic Violin Concertos

Romantic Violin Concertos


Gade, N:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.56

Lange-Müller:

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 69

Langgaard, R:

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, BVN 82

Ville Hautala (piano solo)


While Danish Romantic violin concertos aren’t exactly ten a penny, these three important examples of the genre firmly establish that the great Romantic violin concerto certainly had a place in Danish music.

These three rarely-performed works are presented on this release by one of Denmark’s absolutely finest soloists, Christina Åstrand, here in good Finnish company with the Tampere Philharmonic and its chief conductor John Storgårds.

“Christina Åstrand plays all three works with consummate skill, sweetness of tone and a feel for line. John Storgårds, himself no mean violinist, secures sympathetic accompaniments from the Tampere Philharmonic, and with Dacapo's excellent sound these accounts are now the front runners for each work.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

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Anders Koppel - Double Concertos

Anders Koppel - Double Concertos


Koppel, A:

Concerto for violin, accordion and orchestra

Concerto for saxophone, piano and orchestra


Benjamin Koppel (saxophone), Bjarke Mogensen (accordion), Rikke Sandberg (piano) & Christina Åstrand (violin)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR, John Storgårds

Besides being one of the most versatile of Danish composers, Anders Koppel is an outstanding musician in many genres. For this world première recording of his two double concertos Koppel has selected four outstanding soloists – one of them his renowned son, Benjamin Koppel – who express themselves in a wealth of well-written music with fine orchestral accompaniment. It is music that is at one and the same time entirely classical and entirely free

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