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Knudage Riisager: The Symphonic Edition, Vol. 2

Riisager / Aarhus Sym Orch / Holten
Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8226147   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Knudĺge Riisager
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The five works presented in this second volume of the Riisager “Symphonic Edition” reflect the composer’s neoclassical leanings: specifically, you can readily detect the motoric rhythmic style of Roussel. French also is the composer’s preference for clarity and brevity. The 1927 Second Symphony, in one movement, lasts slightly less than 15 minutes, the 1935 Sinfonia (Symphony No. 3) only a bit more than 20. The Concerto for Orchestra, a brief quarter-hour of sparkling orchestral activity in four parts composed in 1931, joins similarly titled pieces by composers such as Hindemith and Casella, while the poème mécanique T-DOXC recalls Martinu’s Thunderbolt P-47 in its early representation of an airplane.

Through it
Read more all, Riisager’s personal style reveals itself in the music’s pellucidly clean and clear scoring, as well as its thematic distinctiveness. He also has the ability to write a sequence of consistently energetic movements that never become tiresome. The Sinfonia, for example, has three movements marked Feroce, Violento e fantastico, and Tumultuoso, but they remain distinctive and well-contrasted. These performances offer just what the music requires: they are snappy, spirited, and full of energy. The Aarhus Symphony and Bo Holten capture the rhythmic ebullience of Riisager’s inspiration effortlessly. Solo winds and brass relish their opportunities to shine, and they are very well recorded. If you have been collecting this series, don’t hesitate for a minute.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony No. 2, Op. 14 by Knudĺge Riisager
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Period: Modern 
Written: 1927 
Venue:  Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus 
Length: 14 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for orchestra, Op. 24 by Knudĺge Riisager
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Period: Modern 
Written: 1931 
Venue:  Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus 
Length: 16 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Primavera, concert overture, Op. 31 by Knudĺge Riisager
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Period: Modern 
Written: 1934 
Venue:  Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Sinfonia (Symphony No. 3), Op. 30 by Knudĺge Riisager
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935 
Venue:  Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus 
Length: 21 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
T-Doxic, počme mécanique for orchestra, Op. 13 by Knudĺge Riisager
Conductor:  Bo Holten
Period: Modern 
Written: 1926 
Venue:  Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Sound Samples

T-DOXC (Poeme Mecanique), Op. 13
Symphony No. 2, Op. 14
Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 24: I. Moderato e molto sonoro
Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 24: II. Allegro non troppo
Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 24: III. Grave
Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 24: IV. Allegro vivace
Primavera Overture, Op. 31
Symphony No. 3, Op. 30: I. Feroce
Symphony No. 3, Op. 30: II. Violento e fantastico
Symphony No. 3, Op. 30: III. Tumultuoso

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