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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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Poul Ruders - Concertos

Poul Ruders - Concertos


Ruders:

Concerto in Pieces (1995)

Violin Concerto No. 1

Monodrama


Erik Heide (violin) & Mathias Reumert (percussion)

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Søndergård

Poul Ruders is one of the biggest names in contemporary Scandinavian music. His orchestral works in particular have a brilliance and intensity that have made a great impression on audiences around the world.

Concerto in Pieces (1994-95) was played at the Last Night of the Proms in 1995 and is one of the most successful orchestral works of our time. It is based on a theme by Purcell and is a witty, explosively colourful successor to Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

In the sunny Violin Concerto no. 1 (1981) the present day meets both Vivaldi and Schubert, while the percussion concerto Monodrama (1988) is a strong example of the primal Nordic power that fuels all of Ruders’ works.

Erik Heide is first violinist in the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. Mathias Reumert has received numerous awards and First Prizes in competitions such as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention 2004 in Nashville (USA) and the La Jolla Symphony Soloist Competition 2004 in San Diego (USA).

The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1935, is one of Denmark’s five regional orchestras with a repertoire that ranges wide, from Baroque music to the very latest composition music. Thomas Søndergård was described as “a sensation” when he made his conducting debut with the Royal Danish Opera in 2005 on Ruders’ opera Kafka’s Trial.

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Per Nørgård - Seadrift

Per Nørgård - Seadrift

Works for soprano and instruments


Nørgård:

Nova Genitura for soprano and ensemble

Seadrift for soprano and ensemble

Fons laetitiae for soprano and harp

Premiere Recording


Bente Vist (soprano), Tine Rehling (harp), Bodil Rørbech (violin), Toke Møldrup (cello), Fredrik Bock (lute/baroque guitar), Marit Ernst (recorders), Nikolaj Ronimus (recorders and crumhorn), Allan Rasmussen (harpsichord), Frans Hansen (percussion) & Gert Sørensen (crotales)

Casper Schreiber & Thomas Søndergård

Per Nørgård’s vocal music from the 1970s explores the ordered harmony of the universe. Nova Genitura (“New Birth”) and Fons Laetitiae (“Fountain of Joy”) grew out of Nørgård’s epoch-making Third Symphony and continued its homage to the Virgin Mary.

Seadrift has a text by Walt Whitman and heralds the changes that appeared in Nørgård’s music a few years later.

All three works were inspired by early music and make original use of instruments like lute, harpsichord and recorder. At the centre stands Bente Vist’s scintillatingly clear soprano voice.

Classics Today praised the music of Nørgård as “splendid…. Challenging but very beautiful music by a composer with a recognizably personal idiom.”

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Ruders: Kafka's Trial

Ruders: Kafka's Trial


Johnny van Hal, Gisela Stille, Marianne Rørholm & Gert Henning Jensen

The Royal Danish Orchestra and Opera Choir, Thomas Søndergård

A wonderfully secure musical performance under Thomas Søndergård, and a relentlessly surreal production from Fransisco Negrin. (The Guardian)

“The enigmatic, nightmarish The Trial is, after Metamorphosis, probably Franz Kafka's most celebrated tale. Left in fragmentary form at his death, it has fascinated playwrights (such as Steven Berkoff), film-makers (among them Georg Pabst and Orson Welles) and opera composers (Gottfried von Einem and Gunther Schuller not least) for decades for both its state of incompletion – it has a beginning, an end but only part of the middle – and its surreal, uncomfortable storyline.
Is it moral fable, black satire, utter nonsense? Poul Ruders's opera to Paul Bentley's intelligent libretto, premiered in March 2005, is at least the seventh such treatment but where theirs differs from previous versions is in the attempt to link directly the creation of the story to events in Kafka's life.
As Bentley explains in the booklet, the young Czech writer may have been inspired to write TheTrial not through any political motive but rather because he had himself been subject to a 'tribunal' of sorts in Berlin, in which his fiancée – Felice Bauer – tired of his puppyish but equivocal devotions and an act of infidelity put him on trial in the lobby of his Berlin hotel. Alongside her in this kangaroo court was her friend, Greta Bloch, with whom he had been unfaithful but whom Felice had sent on purpose to meet him. From his letters, extracts of which form the basis of the long opening Prelude (featuring a troupe of mimedancers who act as postmen and comment silently on the action) and the series of 'counter-scenes' that run like a skein through the setting of the novel, it is clear Kafka was in love with both women. Was he set up? Whether or not, the episode clearly had a profound effect on him and has been the subject of much scholarly debate and at least one previous stage play, by Jan Hartman.
The two jailers aside, each character has a double life (not an unusual theatrical device, for sure, but rarely carried through in so thoroughgoing a fashion as here): Kafka alternates with his antihero, the tetchy, vacillating, powerless Joseph K – energetically sung by Johnny Van Hal – while Gisella Stille is superb as both the ambivalent fiancée Felice and Joseph K's brittle amour Miss Bürstner. Felice's accomplice Greta is sung with passion by Marianne Rørholm, doubling in two other roles from the book, Miss Montag and Leni. Ruders's setting is nervous and mostly fast-paced, the music incorporating tonal and modern expressionist elements, splashes of klezmer colouring (particularly for Kafka himself) but little that might be called comic. Yet the score abounds in moments where the orchestral accompaniment – deftly played by the Royal Danish Orchestra – seems to be mocking the hapless K/Kafka. In the end, Kafka's Trial is an unsettling rather than disturbing work, fascinating without being insightful, but undeniably entertaining.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Ruders's setting is nervous and mostly fast-paced, the music incorporating tonal and modern expressionist elements, splashes of klezmer colouring (particularly for Kafka himself) but little that might be called comic. Yet the score abounds in moments where the orchestral accompaniment - deftly played by the Royal Danish Orchestra - seems to be mocking the hapless K/Kafka. In the end, Kafka's Trial is... unsettling rather than disturbing work, fascinating without being insightful, but undeniably entertaining.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2006

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