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Gade: Elverskud, Frühlings-phantasie / Schonwandt, Et Al

Release Date: 11/05/1996 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8224051   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Niels Gade
Performer:  Susanne ElmarkKirsten DolbergGuido PäevataluGert Henning-Jensen,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Symphony OrchestraTivoli Concert Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Elverskud" - "The elf-King's Daughter", a concert-ballad for soloists, choir, and orchestra, is perhaps Niels Gade's most effective combination of Mendelssohnian style with Danish romantic flavor...and national subject matter...In this newest recording, Schonwandt leads with a lean, propulsive quality...Its central movement includes some of the finest Mendelssohnian orchestral writing from anyone besides Mendelssohn himself..."

- American Record Guide

"In 1843, when his first Symphony was not accepted for performance in Denmark, [Niels] Gade sent it to Felix Mendelssohn in Leipzig, who loved the work and programmed it. That same year, Gade was given a government grant that
Read more allowed him to travel to Leipzig. He met Mendelssohn, who engaged him as assistant conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and as a teacher at the Leipzig Conservatory. Not surprisingly, many of Gade's compositions of the time show Mendelssohn's influence…. Gade specialized in cantatas, many taking their themes from Danish folklore. Perhaps the most popular of these is Elverskud (The Elf-King's Daughter). He ultimately produced 8 symphonies, many chamber works and cantatas, and a variety of shorter character pieces and songs."

- WWUH - University of Hartford
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Works on This Recording

Elverskud, Op. 30 by Niels Gade
Performer:  Susanne Elmark (Soprano), Kirsten Dolberg (Alto), Guido Päevatalu (Baritone)
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Symphony Orchestra,  Tivoli Concert Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Copenhagen, Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 43 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
Frühlings-Fantasie, Op. 23 by Niels Gade
Performer:  Gert Henning-Jensen (Tenor), Sten Byriel (Bass), Elisabeth Westenholz (Piano),
Anne Margrethe Dahl (Soprano), Kirsten Dolberg (Alto)
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 19 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Danish 

Featured Sound Samples

Elverskud (The Elf-King's Daughter): Part I: I. Allegro moderato ma vivace
Elverskud (The Elf-King's Daughter): Epilogue
Frühlings-Fantasie: II. Allegro molto e con fuoco

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