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J. P. E. Hartmann: Piano Works, Vol. 3

Thomas Trondhjem

Classical - Released December 19, 2021 | Danacord Records

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Thomas Jensen Legacy, Vol. 7

Thomas Jensen

Classical - Released November 21, 2021 | Danacord Records

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Thomas Jensen Legacy, Vol. 5

Thomas Jensen

Classical - Released October 26, 2021 | Danacord Records

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All-new remasterings of live and previously unissued recordings: a Mendelssohn concert from 1962 demonstrates Thomas Jensen’s undimmed power to galvanize an orchestra towards the end of his life. From his very last concert, given a fortnight before his death in 1963, works by Handel and Mozart find him (and pianist Annie Fischer) on fluent, sparkling form. Novelettes by "the Danish Mendelssohn", Niels W. Gade, make a neat coupling, and the set closes with the Dvorák Overture which launched the DRSO on the international scene. Another landmark album in the wider appreciation of a conductor whose legacy has been too narrowly restricted to the music of his homeland. © Danacord Records
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Thomas Jensen Legacy, Vol. 6

Thomas Jensen

Classical - Released October 26, 2021 | Danacord Records

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Thomas Jensen Legacy, Vol. 4

Thomas Jensen

Classical - Released September 19, 2021 | Danacord Records

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Both in his native Denmark and around the world, Thomas Jensen became known for his uniquely authoritative interpretations of Carl Nielsen’s music. His postwar Decca and HMV studio recordings of the first two symphonies are inflected with unrivalled sweep and passion. They are coupled here with previously unpublished broadcasts of music by four Danish composers from the generation after Nielsen, including the brooding Largo which set the scene for Carl Th. Dreyer’s cinematic masterpiece, Ordet ("The Word"). Thomas Jensen studied at the Danish Conservatory of Music. Jensen led several Danish ensembles, including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (from 1957) and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (then known as the Aarhus Civic Orchestra). In Aarhus he built the small orchestra up through broadcasts and tours within Denmark and later to Germany and the Netherlands. He also conducted the Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra. © Danacord Records
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Thomas Jensen Legacy, Vol. 3

Thomas Jensen

Classical - Released August 17, 2021 | Danacord Records

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Two previously unissued broadcast performances of Brahms make major additions to the recorded legacy of Thomas Jensen. A long unavailable, newly remastered studio recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto also contributes to an appreciation of the Danish conductor as a dynamic figure who could inspire the most exciting and flexibly molded interpretations of the central orchestral repertoire. Thomas Jensen studied at the Danish Conservatory of Music. Jensen led several Danish ensembles, including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (from 1957) and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (then known as the Aarhus Civic Orchestra). In Aarhus he built the small orchestra up through broadcasts and tours within Denmark and later to Germany and the Netherlands. He also conducted the Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra. © Danacord Records
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Ida Riegels: Cello Stories

Ida Riegels

Chamber Music - Released August 3, 2021 | Danacord Records

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Ida Riegels writes: “A cello speaks a language without words that everyone understands. It tells more clearly and more directly than anything else about that, which is most important. About everything that can not be said with words. Stories from another dimension without physical realities, where one can soar with weightless tones, lose the sense of up and down in the metamorphosis of harmonies and forget oneself in the hypnosis of rhythm. After graduating from The Royal Danish Academy of Music I had an immense thirst for taking my cello out on adventures. I went to the East and West, and traveled in Bhutan, India, Thailand, Japan, USA, Canada and Europe with my cello on the back. Travelling with a cello is like an invitation for adventures. I could never have imagined the kind of surprising, odd and eye opening experiences my cello has caused. It is as if a cello makes anybody friendly. I think it is true that with music the distance between people disappears”. © Ida Riegels/Danacord
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Thomas Jensen Legacy, Vol. 2

Thomas Jensen

Classical - Released July 5, 2021 | Danacord Records

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Danacord’s tribute to the recorded legacy of Thomas Jensen continues with a unique compilation of 20th-century masterpieces in both live and studio performances. Available for the first time in any format. Jensen’s final concert appearance with the DRSO, in a noble account of Shostakovich’s heroic Fifth Symphony, recorded just a fortnight before his death. Album 2 demonstrates Jensen’s mastery of a wide range of contemporary repertoire in a Paris concert from 1962. Thomas Jensen studied at the Danish Conservatory of Music. Jensen led several Danish ensembles, including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (from 1957) and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (then known as the Aarhus Civic Orchestra). In Aarhus he built the small orchestra up through broadcasts and tours within Denmark and later to Germany and the Netherlands. He also conducted the Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra. © Danacord
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Thomas Jensen Legacy, Vol. 1

Thomas Jensen

Classical - Released June 1, 2021 | Danacord Records

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Having played the cello in several of the symphonies under the composer's baton, Thomas Jensen brought a definitive combination of passion and authority to the music of Jean Sibelius. To launch an extensive series dedicated to Jensen's artistry, Danacord presents a new compilation of major works by the Finnish composer in live and studio recordings, including album premieres for these broadcast performances of the Second and Seventh Symphonies. Thomas Jensen studied at the Danish Conservatory of Music. Jensen led several Danish ensembles, including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (from 1957) and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (then known as the Aarhus Civic Orchestra). In Aarhus he built the small orchestra up through broadcasts and tours within Denmark and later to Germany and the Netherlands. He also conducted the Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra. © Danacord Records
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The Art of Emil Reesen: Orchestral Works

Emil Reesen

Classical - Released May 10, 2021 | Danacord Records

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An icon in Danish music. Composer, arranger, conductor, entertainer: Emil Reesen (1887- 1964) cut a dash through Danish 20th-century music. He was the pupil of Rued Langgaard. From 1927 to 1936 he was a conductor at the Danish Radio, 1942 to 1944 at The New Theatre of Copenhagen and at the Royal Theatre from 1950. He was the chairman of Danish Conductors' Association, of the Society of the Publication of Danish Music, and of the music committee of the Danish Society. He was also censor at the music department of the Danish Radio. His works include opera, ballets, stage music, film music, orchestral compositions, cantatas, songs. His pieces were always stylishly crafted for the occasion, whether to commemorate a Polar explorer or celebrate a famous castrato. Danacord's wide-ranging tribute includes many live and broadcast recordings never previously issued. © Danacord
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The Launy Grøndahl Legacy, Vol. 6

Launy Grøndahl

Opera - Released June 4, 2021 | Danacord Records

Friedrich Kuhlau’s Lulu is the Danish "Magic Flute". Long unavailable on record, this foundational work in the repertoire of Danish comic opera can be enjoyed once again in a historic broadcast performance from 1956. Remastered from original radio tapes and never previously issued, this performance represents the Danish sing-spiel tradition at its most delightful. Five bonus tracks pay testament to Launy Grøndahl’s sympathetic partnerships with the finest Danish singers of his day. Volume 7 will have concerto by Beethoven and symphony by Schubert, scheduled for late 2021 Summer release. © Danacord
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Carl Nielsen and George Enescu: Violin Sonatas

Mihaela Oprea

Chamber Music - Released June 4, 2021 | Danacord Records

Carl Nielsen and George Enescu both played the violin since their very early childhood. The country boy from Funen, Carl Nielsen, was six years old and was confined to bed with measles, and to while away time, his mother gave him a violin to play on. George Enescu who grew up in the countryside of Moldova, in North-Eastern Romania, was just four years old when he received his first violin lessons from a a gypsy fiddler named Nicolae Filip. Since Filip could not read music, little George learned to play folk tunes by ear. Something similar happened to Carl Nielsen: in My Funen Childhood he tells the story of how his mother, during his illness "sat down near the bed with a patchwork and sang some melodies for me, which I tried to repeat on the violin, afterwards. She had a not grand, yet clear and firm voice, and when I played out of tune she said: "No, now really listen"; and then we tried it again". © Danacord
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An Aldeburgh Tribute to Erling Blöndal Bengtsson

Erling Blondal-Bengtsson

Concertos - Released March 28, 2021 | Danacord Records

This is the final release in the Danacord tribute to the Danish cellist Erling Blöndal Bengtsson. This volume features a BBC broadcast from the 1973 Aldeburgh Festival in which Bengtsson is joined by violinist Manoug Parikian and pianist George Malcolm in concertos by Brahms and Beethoven. Bengtsson was invited to Aldeburgh by Benjamin Britten after hearing him perform one of his Cello Suites in Copenhagen. Thanks to Merete Bengtsson’s indefatigable detective work this amateur off-air recording was discovered in the British Library and is issued here for the first time. Substantial audio restoration work was undertaken by David Lord. While the recording quality is somewhat short of ‘Hi-fi’ It remains a valued testament to Bengtsson’s craft and his historic appearance at Britten’s legendary festival. © Danacord
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Victor Bendix: Music for Piano

Victor Bendix

Classical - Released March 8, 2021 | Danacord Records

The Danish composer, pianist and conductor, Victor Bendix, was a key figure in Danish music. He composed more than 100 works and performed as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor for over half a century. A controversial character who stood out from Danish society, there were rumors about his private life and numerous love affairs. He was the father of pianist Victor Schiøler, who later became the greatest Danish pianist in modern times. Bendix had an idiomatic feel for the piano and was much admired by Liszt. This is the first complete recording of all his printed piano music scores. © Danacord
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The Gramophone Shop - Celebrity Series

Various Artists

Classical - Released March 8, 2021 | Danacord Records

Made between December 1948 and June 1950, these recordings enjoy an unusual history which is bound up with the burgeoning industry of classical music retail in the postwar era. Among the best stocked record stores in New York at that time was The Gramophone Shop on 42nd East Street, co-owned by William H. (Bill) Tyler and Joseph F. (Joe) Brogan, an Irish-American collector and dealer. Trying to rival or surpass the mail-order business of H. Royer Smith in Philadelphia, the shop issued (in 1929 and 1931) two fat paperback catalogues, The Gramophone Shop Encyclopedia of Recorded Music. Three further editions, from 1936,1942, and 1948, remain standard reference works. The store also ran its own mail-order business with the reputation as a specialist in rare and high-quality recordings from Europe. From that arm of the business naturally developed the store’s own label, marketed as the Gramophone Shop Celebrities (GSC) series. This is the first time these recordings have been available on modern media. © Danacord
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J. P. E. Hartmann: Piano Works, Vol. 2

Thomas Trondhjem

Classical - Released January 29, 2021 | Danacord Records

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Danish composer J.P.E. Hartmann was the leading romantic Danish composer who influenced generations of Danish composers, not least Niels W. Gade and the son Emil Hartmann. He was a prolific composer and composed in all genres. His extensive music for piano is sadly too little known outside Denmark, but with its romantic tone, melodic charm and harmonies known from Schumann and Mendelssohn it will come as a pleasant surprise to all lovers of romantic music for piano. Danish pianist Thomas Trondhjem is here presenting the second album of a complete recording of all the works for solo piano by J.P.E. Hartmann. The first volume received very positive comments from many critics. © Danacord Records
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Nordic Songs and Romances

Helge Slaatto

Chamber Music - Released January 4, 2021 | Danacord Records

The songs on this album are played in a version for violin and piano. With the exception of a few passages played an octave higher than the voice part, everything else is performed in accordance with the original score. To give the listener the opportunity to enjoy the almost symbiotic relationship between poems and music, the booklet offers all poems that Grieg and Sibelius use in their music. This may give an interesting insight into the creative musical process. Helge Slaatto (born 1952) was concertmaster of Odense Symphony Orchestra, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen and Randers Chamber Orchestra. For 25 years he was professor at the Hochschule für Musik der Universität Münster, presently he teachers at MGK Copenhagen. He gave master classes throughout the world and his students won prizes at major international competitions. They were also awarded the special prize of Deutsche Schallplattenkritik. © Danacord
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The Launy Grøndahl Legacy, Vol. 5

Launy Grøndahl

Classical - Released January 4, 2021 | Danacord Records

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The Great Danish Pianist France Ellegaard

France Ellegaard

Classical - Released December 10, 2020 | Danacord Records

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The present album is the first ever release of rare recordings from the Finnish Radio with the greatest Danish female pianist of all time. During the 50s and 60s, Finnish radio made broadcasts of the pianist France Ellegaard in a wide range of repertoire from little-known 18th-century chamber music to Romantic concertos by the "Finnish Rachmaninov", Selim Palmgren. Newly remastered and issued here for the first time in any format, these recordings capture Ellegaard at the peak of her powers, in command of a formidable dynamic range and touching everything she plays with lyrical insight. © Danacord
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Schnittke

Carl-Oscar Østerlind

Classical - Released December 10, 2020 | Danacord Records

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Danish cellist, Carl-Oscar Østerlind (born 1984) is one of his generation's most versatile musicians. He has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a “superb cellist” and was recently awarded the Danish Arts Council's career grant “Den Unge Elite”. In 2010 he won the Danish String Competition and was a top prizewinner of the “Ljunggrenska Competition” in Sweden. Carl-Oscar Østerlind appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals such as Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, Piatigorsky Cello Festival, Verbier Festival, Ipalpiti Festival, Prussia Cove's “Open Chamber Music” and Bergen Festspillene. As a concerto soloist, he performed in front of orchestras in Denmark, Sweden, USA and Mexico. © Danacord