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Image Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 & 16 Waltzes, Op. 39
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"...det (er) umuligt ikke at svømme hen, mens han lader Brahms’ smeltende, efterårsagtige vemod fylde ens dagligstue."
Thomas Michelsen, Politiken.

Following the acclaimed Bach recording ‘Spira, Spera’ in early 2021, Emmanuel Despax releases a recording of his most treasured piano concerto alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Litton. The concerto is paired with the 16 Waltzes (op.39) for piano four-hands, performed here with his wife and fellow pianist, Miho Kawashima. “Recording Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is a childhood dream of mine, and it was wonderful to play it with such outstanding musicians. I have grown up with it, obsessively listening to all the recordings I could find for months on end, and it is hard to describe what this piece represents to me ... I wanted to pair the concerto with the exquisite Sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39 for piano four hands, and show a more intimate side of Brahms. Each one is a different shade, a different mood, like daily entries in one’s personal diary. It was very special for me to be joined by my wife Miho Kawashima to record these charming and delightful pieces.” (Emmanuel Despax)

kr. 139,95
Image Anna Tsybuleva: Brahms
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"Fortolkningen er stilsikker ...Tsybuleva har fyldt op med fem af
Brahms’ capriccioer og intermezzi for soloklaver. Her kommer hendes ret slanke tone og poetiske fraseringer til deres ret.
"
Thomas Michelsen, Politiken 2021

Signum Records presents an exciting new collaboration and debut recording with Leeds International Piano Competition Winner (2015), Anna Tsybuleva, of music by Johannes Brahms together with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Ruth Reinhardt. Tsybuleva has been described by as embodying “superb pianism and intelligent musicianship” (Gramophone Magazine) and “A pianist of rare gifts: not since Murray Perahia’s triumph in 1972 has Leeds had a winner of this musical poise and calibre” (International Piano Magazine). Performance highlights have included performances with the Basel Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Alongside this, Tsybuleva has given recitals at such prestigious venues as Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Tonhalle Zurich, and the Wigmore Hall, London.

kr. 139,95
Image Symphony No. 7 in E Minor
GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH

"A remarkable recording of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, Kirill Petrenko revealing detail as if new, presenting it with thrilling vividness and weaving it into a performance of stunning impact" Gramophone

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Petrenkos arbejde med rytme, artikulation og farve afslører alle de vidunderlige stemninger i Mahlers martitur uden på noget tidspunkt at overbetone dem" Andrew Mellor, Magasinet Klassisk

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Men man kan ikke andet end beundre Petrenkos sjældne musikalitet og forrygende dirigenthåndværk.
Politiken 2021 - T. Michelsen

I Petrenkos fortolkning viser det sig gradvist, at det er et værk, man kan være i og se sig omkring i som i en labyrint, man muligvis kommer ud af, men aldrig rigtig vil kunne overskue. POV international - Jakob Brønnum
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“If one sought a musical manifestation of all the painful experiences and tragic failures of European history in the early 20th century, it would be impossible to overlook the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. Here, there is no harmony where discord is more fitting. Here, life cries out, with all the conflict and joy it prof-fers humanity. In their performances, Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerisches Staats-orchester have enabled these experiences to resonate in remarkable fashion. What better way to launch the Bayerische Staatsoper’s new label than with this outstanding live concert recording.” (Nikolaus Bachler, General Manager, Bayerische Staatsoper) Kirill Petrenko, general music director of the Bayerische Staatsoper from 2013 until 2020, conducts Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 – a pinnacle of the symphonic repertoire in a dramatic interpretation. This is the first audio-recording with Kirill Petrenko as chief conductor of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester.

kr. 159,95
Image The Miraculous Mandarin – Complete Ballet
★ ★ ★ ★
“Fasten your seatbelts (…) Dausgaard carries us along on the crest of the dramatic wave (…)” BBC Music Magazine, marts 2021.

"Dausgaard and the SSO musicians document a tremendous account of this music in all its cacophonous, sleazy, eerie, violent and (with spectral voices) otherworldly glory, played brilliantly, incident-packed as much for imagined stagecraft as for the compelling music itself, powerful and dramatically dissonant certainly but also beguiling, however sinister, as various characters are introduced.” Colin’s Colum

“Dausgaard and the BBCSSO offer atmospheric performances, and play with charm Bartok's orchestrations of some of his Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs” The Sunday Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Det er dog musikken til ”den forunderlige Mandarin”, der gør denne anden cd i Thomas dausgaards og BBC Scottish Symphony Orhcestras samlede indspilning af alle Bartóks værker til et scoop.”

Bartók composed The Miraculous Mandarin (published as ‘A Pantomime in One Act’) at a time of violent unrest in Hungary. The unpleasant Soviet Hungarian Republic had collapsed in 1919 and was replaced by an ultra nationalist regime which persecuted communists, Jews and leftists, and left over 1,500 dead and thousands imprisoned without trial. It is against this bloody political and social backdrop that the composer, recovering from Spanish Flu, set about a musical depiction of Lengyel’s ‘pantomime grotesque’.

Prior to this period, and after the large- scale Suite No.1 of 1905, Bartók commenced work on a second suite. Smaller in scale than No.1 it is imbued with the folk music he had been studying. It was premiered in 1910. Bartók was spared service in World War I after failing several medicals. He spent the war years collecting folk songs and some of these provided material for the Hungarian Peasant Songs, which he returned to in 1933 and orchestrated. This album is the second in a survey of all the composers works for orchestra by Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

kr. 139,95
Image Fidelio (DVD)
"Don't miss it" Peter Quantrill, Gramophone februar 2021.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Det berømte fangekor “O welche Lust” synges smukt og slankt af fangerkoret…..”
"Den meget enkle, skulpturelle scenografi af en trappe, der svinger rundt i hele rummet som en musetrappe af papir, giver med de forskellige former for lyssætning plads til dramaet, der udspiller sig blandt personerne Magasinet Klassisk

None other than Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz has been engaged for the stage direction of the new production of Fidelio from the Theater an der Wien. There, at one of the oldest opera houses in Vienna, L.v. Beethoven was what one would call today a composer-in-residence. And he was this in two respects: here he lived for two years in an apartment in the wing of the building. And it was here that he premiered many of his most famous orchestral works, symphonies and his only opera: Fidelio. In his third opera production Waltz brilliantly stages the second version of the opera in the breathtaking set designed by the German-American architectural practice Barkow Leibinger. The abstract staircase landscape in the form of a double helix, symbolizing prison, extends space into the back theatre and is infinitely changeable in the cinematic lighting concept of Hollywood regular Henry Braham. Manfred Honeck at the rostrum of the dynamic Wiener Symphoniker leads a superb and versatile cast of “vocally oustanding“ (Der Standard) singers: Nicole Chevalier bewitches vocally and dramatically on her stage debut as Leonore, Eric Cutler gives Florestan a powerful voice. Christof Fischesser, Gábor Bretz, Mélissa Petit complete the strong ensemble. But the production, which was sold out months before, never saw its stage premiere, as the Theater an der Wien sadly had to shut down due to the Covid 19 pandemic a few days before. Thanks to an incredible effort by all participants, the opera house was converted into a film studio at short notice so that Christoph Waltz’s “convincing production” (Die Zeit) of Beethoven‘s flaming musical plea for freedom and humanity could be preserved for posterity. “An ingenious, enigmatic direction” (Münchner Merkur)

kr. 239,95
Image Symphony No. 5; Francesca da Rimini
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ”Tak for en ordentlig rusker i følelserne i en kold tid.”
”Særligt medrivende er de dramtiske afsit, som der er mange af, og hvor synergieffekten af de mange individuelle stemmer virker meget intenst.” "Dirigent Paavo Järvi satser ikke på en strømlinet
orkestermaskine, hvor de enkelte musikere er
tandhjul, men et tillidsfuldt samarbejde, som får
intensiteten til at stige og klangen til at blomstre Magasinet Klassisk

Paavo Järvi, Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich since October 2019, here launches a complete recording of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, the first in both his rich discography and that of the Swiss orchestra: ‘When I think of the Fifth Symphony, I think of vulnerability and hope. It looks directly into our soul. It is perhaps the finest of his symphonies. The famous horn solo moves me and enriches me every time I hear it… Unlike the Sixth, the Fifth still holds out hope for life.’ The symphonic poem Francesca da Rimini op. 32 completes the programme. This dark and violent ‘symphonic fantasy after Dante,’ a drama of jealousy, was premiered in 1877, at the same time as Swan Lake.

kr. 149,95
Image Clair-Obscur
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Sandrine Piau synger sangene skønt med sin lyriske, fleksible stemme. Hver en tone sidder som den skal.”
Magasinet Klassisk

"(...) another beguiling album from this superb artist. Highly recommended" Hugo Shirley, Gramophone

‘The dreamer! That double of our existence, that chiaroscuro of the thinking being’, wrote Gaston Bachelard in 1961. ‘The old is dying, the new cannot be born, and in that chiaroscuro, monsters appear’, adds Antonio Gramsci. Sandrine Piau has chosen to use these two quotations as an epigraph to her new recording: ‘My family and friends know about this obsession that never leaves me completely. The antagonism between light and darkness. The chiaroscuro, the space in between . . .’ This program, recorded with the Orchestre Victor Hugo under its conductor Jean-François Verdier, who is also principal clarinettist of the Paris Opéra, travels between the chilly Rhenish forest of Waldgespräch, a ballad by Zemlinsky composed for soprano and small ensemble in 1895, the night of the first of Berg’s Seven Early Songs (1905-08), and the sunlight of Richard Strauss’s Morgen, which are followed by the Four Last Songs, composed in 1948, the first two of which, Frühling and September (evoking spring and autumn respectively) are also, as Sandrine Piau concludes, ‘the seasons of life’.

kr. 149,95
Image Romance
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Hvis hendes kombination af delikatesse og kærlighed ikke kan overtale dig til at elske disse stykker, så er der intet, der kan
Magasinet Klassisk, Andrew Mellor

Når dens sidste toner er
forstummet, kan man roligt
igen trykke på afspilknappen. Det vil man ikke fortryde

Flensborg Avis, Lars Geerdes

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Her er tale om en meget generøs
udgivelse."
Peter Dürrfeld, Kristeligt Dagblad

Christina Åstrand's album Romance brings together a personal selection of rarely heard items from the classical Danish repertoire for violin. In the decades around the turn of the 20th century, the violin enjoyed a star moment of its own as the 'singing' instrument par excellence. Under the direction of Jukka Iisakkila, Christina Åstrand and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra prove to be ideal interpreters of this kind of music, poised between charm and soulfulness. Christina Åstrand (b. 1969) is one of the most remarkable violinists in Scandinavia. At the early age of 13, she was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and at just 22 she was engaged as leader of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. She was born in Skanderborg into a musical family and began playing the violin according to the Suzuki method at the age of four. Christina Åstrand – both as a soloist and chamber musician – makes a great effort to spread the knowledge of Danish music, both through concerts and her many recordings.

kr. 139,95
Image Viatore; Distant Light; Voices
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Strygerne fra München radioorkestret og deres kroatiske chefdirigent Ivan Repusic, får musikken, i et arrangement for 11 solostrygere, til at klinge uendeligt smukt Esben Tange, Magasinet Klassisk februar 2021

"Recommended as a string-only immersion of Vasks's world, a competitive account of his most famous or just something to keep you goint until the light actually returns" Andrew Mellor, februar 2021


The beauty that the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks evokes in his works would not be possible without the experience of violence and cruelty in this world. He grew up in a country deprived of liberty, and because of his faith and his artistic convictions he was exposed to reprisals from Russian cultural doctrine. His father, a Baptist pastor, was regarded as an “enemy of the people”, and his homeland was under Soviet control. As a result, Vasks developed a vision of freedom and subtle protest in his music. In the so-called “singing revolution”, the countries of the Baltic region with their traditional love of choral music initiated their independence from Soviet rule. Vasks' expressive, direct and often deliberately simple music quickly became the mouthpiece of the long-suppressed Latvian people, giving the nation a proud voice that can be heard worldwide. Today, alongside Arvo Pärt and Erkki Sven-Tüür, Peteris Vasks is one of the most famous composers from the Baltic states of the former Soviet Union. The works on this release are for chamber-music string ensembles: his first symphony "Balsis - Voices" (1991), the haunting violin concerto "Tala gaisma - Distant Light" (1996/97), and the piece "Viatore” (the traveler; 2001), dedicated to Arvo Pärt, here in a version for eleven solo strings by the conductor, church musician and arranger Stefan Vanselow. The Münchner Rundfunkorchester plays under its chief conductor Ivan Repušic, and the concerto soloist is Stanko Madic, first concertmaster of the MRO.

kr. 99,95
Image Per la notte di Natale - Italian Christmas Concert
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
"...et lysende italiensk julealbum, du kan nyde, når træet er tændt, og der er konfekt i skålene. Lars Ulrik Mortensen dirigerer sit barokorkester, så du fra start til slut føler dig løftet og kælet blidt for,"
Politiken december 2020

★ ★ ★ ★
"Ensemblet er lille og intimt, instrumenterne og musikerne er som vanligt hos Concerto Copenhagen styret af baroktradition, men spruttende af respekt for værkernes livskraft og livsglæde. Dyb ro. Utålmodig forventning. Styrtebade af udløsninger."
GregersDH, november 2020

"Thus he succeeds in creating a very contemplative CD full of beautiful music, which Concerto Copenhagen plays on a high musical level."
Pizzicato, november 2020.

"La oss til slutt ikke glemme våre danske venner i barokkorkesteret ConcertoCopenhagen, et av de fineste på planeten."
NRK, november 2020.

"Wunderbarer Streichersound, exzellente Solisten, sehr gute Aufnahmequalität."
Bernhard Schrammek, december 2020.

"„Per La Notte Di Natale“ (Naxos) ist eine Sammlung italienischer Barockkon-zerte, wunderbar luftig eingespielt von Concerto Copenhagen. Eine gute Dreiviertelstunde Entspannung pur."
Ko¨lnische Rundschau, december 2020.

"Jeg er som altid imponeret af Cocos evne til at formidle den gamle musik med en nerve, der på den ene side svinger helt i takt med et moderne menneskes følelsesregister samtidig med, at der er dykket langt ned i verdener længere væk til bevarelse af disses forestillinger om skønhed, poesi og drama."
Camilla Marle Dahlgreen, Information, december 2020.

"A beautifully performed and recorded disc, perfect for this time ofyear!"
Classical Explorer, december 2020.


"Concerto Copenhagen is a very fine ensemble which approaches this repertoire from a rather intimate angle. With eight violins, two violas and two cellos, it is not that small, but it is able to produce a refined sound and often movements are performed with great subtlety."
MusicWeb International

It’s beautifully played by Lars Ulrik Mortensen’s Concerto Copenhagen, with telling contributions from lower strings… These are small-scale performances but the intimacy always works in the music’s favour.
The Arts Desk

The years since the Pinnock recording have brought improvements even over The English Concert of 1987, and Concerto Copenhagen are among those who have benefited from the greater familiarity of using them Brian Wilson, MusicWeb International

(...) he succeeds in creating a very contemplative CD full of beautiful music, which Concerto Copenhagen plays on a high musical level
Remy Franck, Pizzicato

The interpretation is extraordinary, with a dazzling timbral beauty…
Scherzo


Naxos Danmark kan glædeligt præsentere albummet Per la Notte di Natale – et resultat af Concerto Copenhagen og Lars Ulrik Mortensens julekoncerter optaget i 2019.

Ved indgangen til 1700-årene voksede en særlig instrumental tradition for julekoncerter frem i Italien. Det udviklede sig til en veritabel mode, altid med blidt syngende melodier og oftest med en sats beregnet på at fremkalde landlige stemninger med dyr og hyrder omkring stalden hvor Jesus blev født og lagt i en krybbe.

Concerto Copenhagen fører publikum igennem barokkens mest berømte julekoncerter af Arcangelo Corelli, Giuseppe Torelli, Francesco Manfredini, Antonio Vivaldi og Pietro Locatelli.

Danmarks barokorkester Concerto Copenhagen spillede deres første koncerter i 1991 og har siden udviklet sig til Skandinaviens førende ensemble inden for tidlig musik og et af de mest spændende og innovative barokorkestre i verden.

Siden 1999 har samarbejdet mellem Concerto Copenhagen og Lars Ulrik Mortensen ført til en spændende kunstnerisk og musikalsk rejse der kombinerer et repertoire bestående af velkendt europæisk musik med mindre kendte værker af skandinavisk oprindelse.

Lars Ulrik Mortensen har i de sidste 25 år været aktiv som dirigent, og i 2003 besluttede han at arbejde udelukkende med periodeinstrument-ensembler. I 2007 modtog han Danmarks mest prestigefyldte musikpris, Léonie Sonnings Musikpris.

LYT PÅ DIN STREAMINGTJENESTE

kr. 80,00
Image Romance
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Hvis hendes kombination af delikatesse og kærlighed ikke kan overtale dig til at elske disse stykker, så er der intet, der kan
Magasinet Klassisk, Andrew Mellor

Når dens sidste toner er
forstummet, kan man roligt
igen trykke på afspilknappen. Det vil man ikke fortryde

Flensborg Avis, Lars Geerdes

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Her er tale om en meget generøs
udgivelse."
Peter Dürrfeld, Kristeligt Dagblad

Christina Åstrand's album Romance brings together a personal selection of rarely heard items from the classical Danish repertoire for violin. In the decades around the turn of the 20th century, the violin enjoyed a star moment of its own as the 'singing' instrument par excellence. Under the direction of Jukka Iisakkila, Christina Åstrand and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra prove to be ideal interpreters of this kind of music, poised between charm and soulfulness. Christina Åstrand (b. 1969) is one of the most remarkable violinists in Scandinavia. At the early age of 13, she was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and at just 22 she was engaged as leader of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. She was born in Skanderborg into a musical family and began playing the violin according to the Suzuki method at the age of four. Christina Åstrand – both as a soloist and chamber musician – makes a great effort to spread the knowledge of Danish music, both through concerts and her many recordings.

kr. 139,95
Image History of The Russian Piano Trio, Vol. 1
★ ★ ★ ★
Her får vi virkelig smukt duetspil i den langsomme sats, hvor violinen og celloen indgår i en forrygende fælles dialog, med pianisten høfligt tilbageholdt i baggrunden Jeppe Rönnow, Magasinet Klassisk februar 2021

"The Brahms Trio have taken us on a journey that is both an education and a pleasure. It is impossible not to admire their commitment" Gramophone

The piano trio holds an important place in the history of Russian chamber music and to follow the development of the genre is to accompany the fascinating history of Russian music in the 19th century. Its beginnings can be found with Alexander Alyabiev, a student of John Field, whose unfinished but elegant and vivacious Piano Trio in E flat major is paired with the yearning Romanticism of the Piano Trio in A minor. Mikhail Glinka’s Trio pathétique bears the inscription ‘I have only known love through the sorrow it causes!’, while Anton Rubinstein’s elaborately acrobatic piano writing in his Piano Trio in G minor reminds us of his own virtuosity, and reveals his magnificent skills as a melodist.

kr. 64,00 (kr. 80,00)
Image Fortunio (DVD)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Instruktør og dirigent formidler en anden dimension, hvor kærlighed og følelser får en eksistentiel betydning. Overrumplende og vidunderligt på én gang," skriver Steen Chr. Steensen i Magasinet Klassisk, april 2021.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - Ritmo.es

"This 2019 Opéra Comique production delights both visually and musically." The WholeNote

"Cyrille Dubois is wonderful in the title role. His tenor, with its slight flutter and exquisite head notes, makes for an appealing performance as the lovelorn youngster. He is well matched by Anne-Catherine Gillet's attractive Jacqueline, smoothely sung, well acted".
Gramophone, december 2020.

For gentle, escapist charm – and many of us require large doses of that right now – Fortunio would seem to be the perfect remedy Gramophone

An absolute jewel of opéra-comique, Messager’s masterpiece becomes a reference version, in a flawless staging by Denis Podalydès… Diapason

Touching Fortunio Opéra (France)


André Messager’s Fortunio premiered in 1907 at the Opéra Comique, where it received acclaim that was to last decades. One of the last composers to devote his entire career to opera and operetta, Messager exemplified in his music a feeling for dramatic pacing and the spirit of the Belle Époque, qualities that permeate Fortunio, a comédie lyrique in which the dialogue in the libretto is given a continuous musical setting. Taking Alfred de Musset’s play Le Chandelier as his source, Messager explores upper-class society at the turn of the 19th century with subtlety of characterization and a thoroughly French orchestral transparency. This production directed by Denis Podalydes features Cyrille Dubois in the title role, alongside soprano Anne-Catherine Gillet, and baritone Franck Leguerinel, among others.

kr. 189,95
Image Kleopatra (2CD)
★ ★ ★ ★
"Beautifully recorded and presented, this is an altogether commendable new release." BBC Music Magazine

"Balancen mellem vokal og orkester er fremragende: jeg kunne høre alting klart og de fem hovedrolleindhaveres stemmer både lokkede mine ører og udtrykte levende ordenes betydning"
Ralph P. Locke, The Arts Fuse

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Dånende smuk sang i indspilningen af August Ennas Ennas uimodståelige opera ’Kleopatra’."
Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld

★ ★ ★ ★
"Der er en masse spændende musik hele vejen igennem. August Enna viser sig her som en ferm orkester- og sangkomponist."
Kristeligt Dagblad Peter Dürrfeld, november 2020

★ ★ ★ ★
Der er kort sagt tale om en vigtig udgivelse, som er med til at vise mangfoldigheden af dansk musikdramatik omkring år 1900
Esben Tange, Magasinet Klassisk februar 2021

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Magnus Vigilius med heltetenor status og Elsebeth Dreisig balsamiske vellyd mødes imponerende flot og vokalt overbevisende (...)" Ascolta, februar 2021.


Forræderi, begær og mord serveres på et sølvfad i denne verdenspremiereindspilning af operaen fra 1894 om det morderiske plot mod Kleopatra, den sagnomspundne dronning af Egypten. Smukke melodier, dragende harmonier og højspændte ledemotiver, alt sammen sat i værk af sin tids sandsynligvis mest berømte danske operakomponist, August Enna.

Performers:
Elsebeth Dreisig, soprano
Magnus Vigilius, tenor
Lars Møller, baryton
Ruslana Koval, soprano
Jens Bové, bass
Kirsten Grønfeldt, soprano
Danish National Opera

Kleopatra blev indspillet i 2019 som en del af ’Den Danske Serie’, programsat af Den Jyske Opera.

kr. 249,95
Image Symphony No. 7
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Det er som at se en film med ørerne, og det bedste er, at man helt selv må bestemme, hvad den handler om Politiken

★ ★ ★ ★
"(...) the sounds are beguiling to the last, and the essential triumph of engineering in this most testing of symphonies is peerless." David Nice, BBC Music Magazine

In an effort to arrange the first performance of his Seventh Symphony, Gustav Mahler declared it to be his best work, ‘preponderantly cheerful in character’. His younger colleague Schoenberg expressed his admiration for the work, and Webern considered it his favorite Mahler symphony. Nevertheless, it remains the least performed and least written-about symphony of the entire cycle, and has come to be regarded as enigmatic and less successful than its siblings. One reason for this has been the huge – even for Mahler – contrasts that it encompasses: from a first movement which seems to continue the atmosphere of the previous symphony, the ‘Tragic’ Sixth, to a finale that has been accused of excessive triumphalism, and which Mahler himself once described as ‘broad daylight’. Between these two poles, he supplies no less than two movements entitled Nachtmusik (‘night music’) framing a scherzo to which the composer added the character marking schattenhaft (‘shadowy’). Mahler famously said that ‘a symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.’ The Seventh is as true to this dictum as any other of the symphonies, offering a wealth of emotions, moods and colours. The composer makes full and imaginative use of the orchestra’s extended wind and percussion sections – including cowbells, whips and glockenspiel – as well as a mandolin and a guitar, adding a troubadour-like aspect to the nightly serenade of the fourth movement. All of this is brought to life by the players of the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä, as they continue a cycle praised for the performances as well as the recorded sound.

kr. 149,95
Image Symphony No. 5; Concerto for Orchestra; Supplica
GRAMMY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"It's also brilliantly orchestrated and zestfully performed." Steph Power, BBC Music Magazine.

Few contemporary artists have been as significant as Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY Award winner Christopher Rouse, whose imaginative approach made him one of the most frequently performed composers during his lifetime. The Concerto for Orchestra is a ‘hyper-concerto’ that gives each player a chance to shine, while the mournful intimacy and passion of Supplica unfolds somewhat like the slow movement of a Bruckner or Mahler symphony. Rouse’s Fifth Symphony fondly recalls Beethoven’s mighty Fifth but blurs the lines between tradition and modernity, transporting the listener from turbulence to serenity. It was described as “brilliant, exciting and at times hauntingly beautiful” in The Dallas Morning News. Champions of new American music, the Nashville Symphony and its music director Giancarlo Guerrero had premiered numerous works and received 13 GRAMMY Awards including two for Best Orchestral Performance. Among their award-winning recordings include works by Michael Daugherty (Metropolis Symphony on 8.559635; Tales of Hemingway on 8.559798), Stephen Paulus (Three Places of Enlightenment on 8.559740), and Jennifer Higdon (All Things Majestic and Viola Concerto on 8.559823).

kr. 80,00
Image Drot og Marsk (3CD)
"2019 års inscenering, med Michael Schönwandt i den musikaliska ledningen, innebar in seger för hela teamet och besegling av en fosterländsk klenod" Opus

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Musikken er medrivende
og højdramatisk, og stemmerne går direkte ind under huden, så man (næsten) ikke savner at være tilstede under selve forestillingen"
Flensborg Avis

"Musikalsk set er det fremragende." Politiken

"Operaen Drot og Marsk er bæredygtig romantik Weekendavisen

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Danmarkshistorie og musik i skøn forening Kristeligt Dagblad

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ”I operaens store scenere er det først og fremmest Johan Reuters flotte,værdige barytonrøst, der vækker respekt i rollen som Marsk Stig”.

"Treat yourself" Gramophone

"It's a super-sleek performance, with the Royal Danish Orchestra sounding like a composite virtuoso instrument under conductor Michael Schønwandt" Opera News, juni 2021.

This is a story about a struggle for power in old Denmark, and a magnificent opera about events which led to the murder of King Erik Clipping in 1286. To present this dramatic episode from Danish history, a power play rooted in love, jealousy and honor, Heise composed gripping music with a razor-sharp dramatic sense and great lyrical beauty. It is Danish romance at its most powerful and immediate. Drot og Marsk has been called “the best opera of the 19th Century”. The opera was composed in 1876-77 to a libretto by Christian Richardt. The premiere was at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen in 1878 and was quickly established as part of the theatre’s regular repertoire. Drot og Marsk is amongst the most frequently performed Danish operas.

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Image Complete Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 3
”Når Langgaard f.eks. finder på at indlægge en stor og virtuos violinkadence midt i førstesatsen er Gunvor Sihm helt på højde med anledningen.”

"Sihm og Tange udgør nemlig en uforlignelig dynamo i formidlingen af Langgaards næsten bipolære verden Information

"The resonant acoustic of the Royal Academy Concert Hall in Copenhagen, (...), adds to the feeling of music that lingers long from a man who, in his best works, always has something to say and the force of personality to say it" Gramophone

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"Men uanset hvor sær meningen undervejs kan virke, har man lyst til at blive hængende og få det hele med Politiken

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"En spændende skive med to kunstnere, der er femragende advokater for Langgaards særlige musikstil" Kristeligt Dagblad

The last stop on a long journey, here is the third and final installment of a warmly received Langgaard cycle undertaken by violinist Gunvor Sihm and pianist Berit Johansen Tange. The present volume includes the violin sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 – highly accomplished works with strong individual features – and two single-movement pieces composed by Langgaard the precocious teenager: the charming Aubade written on a summer holiday with his parents, and the dark-colored Night Watchman’s Song. Gunvor Sihm trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, from where she graduated in 2014 under Professor Serguei Azizian. Before that Gunvor studied 2 years at San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Ian Swensen. Gunvor Sihm has won several prizes, among others the prestigious Van Hauen’s Music Prize 2011, the Eigil Harby Foundation’s scholarship in 2015 and Gladsaxe Music Prize 2018. From 2011-15 Gunvor played in the 1st violins of Copenhagen Phil, until she won the position as 2nd Concertmaster for the 2nd violins of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Gunvor was a soloist with among others Odense Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Tivoli Copenhagen Phil, Danish National Chamber Orchestra and, on several occasions, Copenhagen Phil. With Nightingale String Quartet Gunvor Sihm has recorded the complete string quartets by Rued Langgaard for Dacapo.

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Image Der Wind bläset wo er will
"He writes with tremendous sophistication and wit in the first piece and with an emotional directness in the second which is as daring as it is affecting." MusicWeb International

★ ★ ★ ★"Kroppen er skrøbelig – men Agerfeldt olesens musik er skabt af en stor ånd.”

Komponist Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen (f. 1969) samler her to af hans store orkesterværker fra 2010'erne: Der Wind Bläset wo er will og hans Cellokoncert. Olesens betagende musik handler om livet og om det at være i live: hvert værk er en verden i sig selv.

Til Cellokoncert har man mulighed for at lytte til stjernecellisten Johannes Moser, udråbt af musikmagasinet Gramophone til at være blandt "en af de fineste blandt et forbavsende galleri af unge, virtuose cellister" sammen med DR Symfonirokestret under ledelse af Otto Tausk.

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Image La Dixième Symphonie, Hommage à Beethoven
★ ★ ★ ★ ”Der er tale om musikalske byggeklodser, der i bedste LEGO-stil kan kombineres på et utal af måder.”

Pierre Henry, a supreme innovator in the field of sound aesthetics, opened the gates to many other musical universes through the applications of his technological research. Fascinated by Beethoven from an early age, he composed a “Tenth Symphony”: “It’s not the one Beethoven made sketches for,” he said. “Nor is it a synthesis of the nine. It is essentially a combinatorial work. It’s also a tribute to the man who hoped to exceed the limits of the orchestra. Perhaps a way of painting my portrait (our portrait) through this music and the influence it has had on mine. It is a dreamlike, logical and respectful trajectory through what these symphonies contain and suggest. The work deliberately uses as “raw material” only notes, groups or motifs from the nine symphonies.” There are three electroacoustic versions, but it is the unpublished symphonic version that is presented here. It was premiered in November 2019 at the Cite de la Musique in the Philharmonie de Paris, by three orchestras, two choirs, and three conductors: the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, the Choeur de Radio France and Le Jeune Choer de Paris under the direction of Pascal Rophe, Bruno Mantovani and Marzena Diakun.

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Image Babel
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "For selv når musikken er mest trøstesløs, vælger Calidore strygekvartetten at bevare et lille vibrerende lys i den musikalske horisont.” Magasinet Klassisk

The desire to explore the innate human drive for communication is the focus of Babel. For this recording the Calidore String Quartet gathered music which transmits ideas by imitating language; its rhythms, cadences and intentions. But it also explores what happens when music substitutes for language. When it fills the void of forbidden speech or even how it carries on when language has been exhausted. The result, a compilation of quartets by Schumann, Shostakovich and Caroline Shaw, demonstrates the visceral forms of expression that exist at the intersection of music and language. The Calidore String Quartet has been praised by The New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” and the Los Angeles Times for its balance of “intellect and expression.” Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, the Calidore String Quartet first made international headlines as winner of the inaugural $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The quartet was the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and is currently in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

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Image Fidelio (DVD)
"Don't miss it" Peter Quantrill, Gramophone februar 2021.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Det berømte fangekor “O welche Lust” synges smukt og slankt af fangerkoret…..”
"Den meget enkle, skulpturelle scenografi af en trappe, der svinger rundt i hele rummet som en musetrappe af papir, giver med de forskellige former for lyssætning plads til dramaet, der udspiller sig blandt personerne Magasinet Klassisk

None other than Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz has been engaged for the stage direction of the new production of Fidelio from the Theater an der Wien. There, at one of the oldest opera houses in Vienna, L.v. Beethoven was what one would call today a composer-in-residence. And he was this in two respects: here he lived for two years in an apartment in the wing of the building. And it was here that he premiered many of his most famous orchestral works, symphonies and his only opera: Fidelio. In his third opera production Waltz brilliantly stages the second version of the opera in the breathtaking set designed by the German-American architectural practice Barkow Leibinger. The abstract staircase landscape in the form of a double helix, symbolizing prison, extends space into the back theatre and is infinitely changeable in the cinematic lighting concept of Hollywood regular Henry Braham. Manfred Honeck at the rostrum of the dynamic Wiener Symphoniker leads a superb and versatile cast of “vocally oustanding“ (Der Standard) singers: Nicole Chevalier bewitches vocally and dramatically on her stage debut as Leonore, Eric Cutler gives Florestan a powerful voice. Christof Fischesser, Gábor Bretz, Mélissa Petit complete the strong ensemble. But the production, which was sold out months before, never saw its stage premiere, as the Theater an der Wien sadly had to shut down due to the Covid 19 pandemic a few days before. Thanks to an incredible effort by all participants, the opera house was converted into a film studio at short notice so that Christoph Waltz’s “convincing production” (Die Zeit) of Beethoven‘s flaming musical plea for freedom and humanity could be preserved for posterity. “An ingenious, enigmatic direction” (Münchner Merkur)

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Image Alceste (DVD)
★ ★ ★ ★ "Den amerikanske tenor Charles Castronovo behersker den følsomme, yndefulde stil til perfektion….”

The Belgian dancer and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui interprets Gluck’s late Baroque opera Alceste as an impressive symbiosis between dance and music. The opera “can be experienced here in all its existential power.“ (SZ) It is here performed in the revised Paris version from 1776 where Gluck has revalued especially the ballet music. Cherkaoui – director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders – has worked with top artists across disciplines like superstar Beyoncé. The superb dancers of the Belgian Compagnie Eastman, Antwerp perform Gluck’s score physically, creating a fine and stringent aesthetics of “beautiful images” (Opernwelt). Dorothea Röschmann with her “inimitable charisma” (Financial Times) and Charles Castronovo deliver a brilliant performance in the roles of the self-sacrificing royal couple. “Musically impressive.“ (NMZ)

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Image Ercole Amante (2DVD)
GERMAN RECORD CRITIC'S AWARD QUARTERLY CRITIC'S CHOICE

"Witty and eye-catching" Gramophone

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "…til det absolut positive hører sopranen Giuseppina Bridelli med en grundlæggende varm klang som Deianira, Nahul di Pierro som Hercules med en smuk, nuanceret basstemme… mens tenoren Krystian Adam demonstrerer en gennemkultiveret, lys tenorklang … Sikken et lærestykke for en ung konge!”

Francesco Cavalli, a natural successor to Monteverdi, was the most famous and influential Italian opera composer during the mid-17th century. Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister to the king, commissioned Cavalli to create a Parisian spectacle to celebrate the wedding of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV and the Infanta of Spain. Ercole amante (‘Hercules in Love’) was the flattering subject chosen for this regal extravaganza combining larger-than-life characters with mythology, and genuine human emotions with natural and cosmic phenomena. The result is a sumptuous Baroque spectacle, conceived on a vast scale in this lavish production by directors Valerie Lesort and Christian Hecq.

kr. 189,95
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