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Image Violin Concerto & Etudes
Knudaage Riisager (1897-1974) holds a special place in Danish music, enriching it with an extra dimension of spirituality and pithiness. Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andreas Delfs here present two key works in Riisager’s catalogue, one of which clearly represented a turning point in his output, namely his orchestral reworking of a selection of Carl Czerny’s piano etudes for his and Harald Lander’s ballet Etudes. The other heralded a stylistic change and ranks as a highly personal contribution to the concerto genre – Riisager’s Violin Concerto is played here by Danish violinist Ian van Rensburg.

159 kr
Image Complete Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 2
In the veritable musical frenzy that struck Rued Langgaard (1893-1952) near the end of his life, he composed several violin sonatas – a genre he had not paid much attention to since
his early days. In this second in a series of three recordings presenting Langgaard’s complete works for violin and piano the award-winning violinist Gunvor Sihm and the Langgaard expert Berit Johansen Tange perform the Violin Sonata No. 1, composed in the course of four days in mid-June – when Langgaard was vacationing in Southern Sweden, and Langgaard’s last work for violin, the Andante religioso, in addition to the Sunday
Sonata, one of Langgaard’s most bizarre and unpredictable compositions.

159 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 including Jacob Gade's Tango
Rued Langgaard – Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 including Jacob Gade's Tango Jalousie

Rued Langgaard (1893–1952) was the major Danish late-Romantic composer who did not
gain recognition in his mother country. His greatest successes took place in Germany and Austria, where his Symphonies Nos. 2 and 6 were met with considerable acclaim. Back
home, he never received that kind of backing. He died a careworn and despairing individual. On this recording with one of the world’s leading orchestras, the traditionconscious Vienna Philharmonic, one is therefore able to hear Langgaard's music 'return
home' to a central European musical culture. At the same time things were going swimmingly for his colleague Jacob Gade (1879–1963) whose Tango Jalousie has become the absolutely most frequently played piece of Danish music for almost a century

159 kr
Image Chamber Concertos & Sinfonias (6 CD)
This 6 CD's box set is the first collected recording of Danish composer Vagn Holmboe’s chamber concertos and sinfonias. The collection comprises all of his 13 concise chamber concertos and his four sinfonias in the acclaimed recordings by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra (now: the Danish Chamber Orchestra) and former chief conductor Hannu Koivula.
From 1996-2004 the six discs in this box set were released individually and were highly acclaimed.

369 kr
Image Early Piano Works
Since the beginning of his career Per Norgard (b. 1932) has composed music for all kinds of instruments, but the piano is probably the one he has remained closest to. Illustrating the development of the ‘universe of the Northern mind’ as well as early influences by both Bach and Stravinsky, the acclaimed pianist Niklas Sivelovpresents a unique portrait of Norgard’searliest musical thinking, including world premiere recordings of the Sonata determinata, Miniature Concerto G Major and Trifoglio.

159 kr
Image Whirl's World
Per Nørgård is one of the most frequently played composers of his generation. He has written more than 400 works in all genres and inspired innumerable colleagues in Denmark and abroad. This album presents all of Nørgård’s music for the Oscarwinning Babette’s Feast film version by Gabriel Axel of Karen Blixen’s short story – not just the snatches of it one can hear in the film. One can also get to know the hypnotic Spell, the ripples and bubbles in Whirl’s World and Trio Breve, which according to the composer himself are to be regarded as three as short expressive phrases – dream-like pictures – that change between light and dark, fast and slow but with introvert melodic features in common.

159 kr
Image Piano Pieces
During the last two decades of the nineteenth century, the generation of Danish composers born in the 1860s started to make an impact. Among them, Fini Henriques, who had a special gift for beautiful, well-shaped melodies, and his popularity rested firmly on a generous output of single pieces, usually strung together in collections such as those presented here. Billedbogen (The Picture Book) is a collection for children and proved one of his absolute bull’s eyes, whereas Erotik (Eroticism) and Melodiske profiler (Silhouettes) see the composer exploring the world of adult life. Henriques’s best works maintain a high level with their honesty and that brilliant touch which few of his contemporaries could rival.

159 kr
Image Works for Violin and Piano
During the last two decades of the 19th century, the generation of Danish composers born in the 1860s started to make an impact. Among them was Fini Henriques, who also had a veritable soloist career as a violin virtuoso and became one of best-known Danes of his age, appealing to virtually everyone, both high and low. Johannes Søe Hansen and Christina Bjørkøe explore here his shorter pieces for violin and piano, both individual pieces and those in the collections Kleine bunte Reihe and Novelletter (Novelettes). Short pieces with a sharp characterisation – works with charm, warm-heartedness and gravity.

159 kr
Image Piano Quartets
The prizewinning Copenhagen Piano Quartet presents works by composers cosmopolitan and conservative, but each brimming with charm. German-born Friedrich Kuhlau declared his Piano Quartet No. 3 ‘my best to date’, speaking of a large-scale work of drama offset by grace and highlighting the composer’s contrapuntal gift. A century later, the C minor quartet by the ‘Danish Saint-Saëns’ Otto Malling presents a perfect picture of this master craftsman’s clarity and concision while showing tantalizing signs of his sensuality too.

159 kr
Image Violin Sonatas Vol. 2
Duo A°strand/Salo follow up their first instalment of sonatas by Friedrich Kuhlau with a selection of some of the composer’s most impressive works for violin and piano. Included is what some consider the first Danish violin sonata in the Romantic style, a work that glances towards the composer’s idol Beethoven but contains plenty of individual spice and allure. It is followed by sonatas in all but name, the Trois Duos brillants from late in Kuhlau’s career. They are brilliant, as the title suggests – three varied, evocative snapshots of the great cosmopolitan of Denmark’s Golden Age.

159 kr
Image The Red Shoes
Red is the colour of blood, the colour of danger and the colour of temptation. Hans Christian Andersen took the symbolism to a new extreme of cruelty in The Red Shoes – an ancient folk tale here given a modern musical reworking by Siobhan Lamb and the Suoni Ensemble.

159 kr
Image Børnenes Sangskat
DR Korskolen revisits the most loved Danish children's songs.

159 kr
Image Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1
Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (1932–2016) wrote string quartets throughout his life. Fourteen in all; the first three dating from 1959, the last ones from 2013.
Launching its complete cycle of Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s string quartets, the Nordic String Quartet here presents the first six quartets: Honesty meets schoolboy pranks, obstinacy meets doubt, yes meets no – Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s string quartets are full of such clashes.
Nordic String Quartet is a young, highly skilled quartet, formed by professor Tim Frederiksen, and thus following the successes of the Danish String Quartet and Nightingale String Quartet.
The album is the first in a series of three with the complete string quartets by Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. All works on this first album are world premiere recordings.

159 kr
Image Works for Solo Viola
The viola occupies a special place in the psyche of musicians and composers. It is an instrument of mystery, soulfulness and even of protest and revolt. Rafaell Altino, principal viola of the Odense Symphony Orchestra, presents this exploration of his instrument’s power and possibilities as realised by six leading Danish composers. Some explore the viola as a tool for sound production while others relish what its distinctive also singing voice does to melodies. The results are as touching and warm as they are fearsome and defiant.

159 kr
Image Erlko¨nigs Tochter & Fünf Gesänge
Elverskud (The Elf-King’s Daughter) is a dramatic cantata from 1854, based on Danish medieval ballads. It became one of Niels W. Gade’s greatest successes, not only in his native Denmark but throughout Europe, where Elverskud was performed several hundred times, often conducted by Gade himself. Gade was especially admired in Germany, and on this album, Elverskud is not only played on period instruments for the first time but is also sung for the first time with the German text that brought the work international fame. here the cantata is put together with Gade’s breakthrough as an a capella composer, Fu¨nf Gesa¨nge from 1846, also in German. Perhaps this danish national composer isn’t so danish after all?

159 kr
Image The Mærsk Opera
An opera in three acts by the art group SUPERFLEX (founded in 1993) and composer Anders Monrad (b. 1981), performed by a dedicated team of high profiled singers and musicians. The Mærsk Opera is an documentary opera based on true events leading up to the opening of one of the most controversial buildings in Denmark’s recent history: The Copenhagen Opera House, and at the same time, an artistic reflection on the opera as genre.

419 kr
Image Ophelia Dances
The idea of building great music from modest or fragmentary means
has characterized the work of Nordic composers for generations.
In Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen’s music, that idea finds a particularly exquisite and absolutely contemporary expression. In Toccata the music glances towards a filmic chase-down, whereas Nielsen in Ophelia Dances claims to ‘hear the dancing’ of that fragile character from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The album concludes with Nielsen’s single-movement symphony, Symphony No. 3, which sets in motion a cumulative journey upwards from low to high: a symphonic Tower of Babel, reaching for the heavens.

159 kr
Image The Planets
The research on the musical cultures of faraway countries left its mark on Poul Rovsing Olsen's (1922-82) oeuvre. He aimed at clarity and substance, and by fusing elements from the Occidental and Oriental traditions he developed a
personal musical idiom that was unusual in Danish music. Poul Rovsing Olsen himself said that it was his dream “to make music as direct as possible, to bring it closer to the listener”. This CD features his last composition A Dream in Violet
and four world premiere recordings of his music for voice and instruments,
including The Planets, based on a block book from the 15th century.

159 kr
Image Goldberg Variations
Danish composer Peter Navarro-Alonso’s composition is a note-by-note reinvention of the original Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach. Thus Alpha’s innovative performance adds no additional notes in comparison to the original.
It is merely through the very creative and extreme orchestration that the new composition gains its own life.

159 kr
Image Wesenheit ab Wesenheit
Danish composer Nicolai Worsaae (b. 1980) himself claims a fundamental
identification with the narrative form found in classical music. Nevertheless, he has in recent years moved farther away from the lyrical and narrative and turned more sharply towards modernism. On this CD you meet Worsaae in two works: For both Wesenheit ab Wesenheit (2011) and WaWV (2014) Worsaae found inspiration in poems by the German prisoner Jörg Meyer, who during the late 70’s was confined to isolation in a Danish prison. Worsaae’s father wasprison chaplain and in this way met Meyer who was imprisoned for espionage for the GDR in Denmark.

159 kr
Image Gesualdo Shadows (DVD)
The conductor and composer Bo Holten has long been fascinated by Carlo Gesualdo – an Italian prince and one of the most extreme composers of the Late Renaissance, whose dramatic life and bitter fate make up the plot in Holten’s and librettist Eva Sommestad Holten’s ‘modern baroque opera’ Gesualdo – Shadows. Reflecting our own time, this is a drama of a great artist lost between outward duties and inner fragility: from a passionate youth to an old age of mysticism, violence and melancholy. Gesualdo’s own madrigals, fused into the score, contribute to a thrilling universe of pain and beauty.

239 kr
Image Symphony No. 3; Morpheus
This CD marks the conclusion of Søren Nils Eichberg’s residency with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra – a fruitful cooperation that has resulted in a handful of large-scale works, born of Eichberg’s keen exploration of the orchestra. In place of the thematic formality of its predecessor, Symphony No. 3 looks far out, asking looming existential questions to which there aren’t always clear answers. As a counterweight, the even more symphonic ‘concerto for orchestra’ Morpheus revels in color and effect, bringing a sense of joy and discovery to the music.

159 kr
Image Brorson - The Rare Treasure of Faith
The music and poetry of Pietism offers a beauty that hardly any form of Lutheran religiosity can rival. It is rarely found more radiantly beautiful than in the great collection of hymns Troens rare Klenodie (The Rare Treasure of Faith) by the most important Danish representative of the Pietist movement, Hans Adolph Brorson (1694-1764). The melodies of the sacred Pietist songs are, in their strongly affective nature, in perfect accordance with the fervent and sensual mode of expression found in the texts. Selected from J.A. Freylinghausen’s Geistreiches Gesangbuch and among J.S. Bach’s contributions to Schemelli’s Musicalisches Gesangbuch those melodies are to be heard here, along with related galant music for flute, harpsichord and guitar from the court of the Pietist Danish King Christian VI.

159 kr
Image Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Not known to many today, Svend Erik Tarp (1908-1994) was one of the most prominent Danish composers of his time, boasting a large and versatile body of work which more or less has survived in obscurity. This series now sheds new light on a selection of Tarp’s orchestral works, opening chronologically with some suites, overtures, and two small concertos. These are early and charming works that show a development from the elegant and easily accessible towards a more clarified neoclassicist style, which later became one of Tarp’s hallmarks. This is the first of three albums in the set which will focus on Tarp’s orchestral music. The succeeding volumes will contain Tarp’s Symphonies 1-3 and his Piano Concerto. The series is chronologically built, illustrating Tarp’s development as a composer, starting with his elegant music, inspired by French impressionism. The two soloists on this release are both concertmasters of Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.

159 kr
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