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Ruders: Concertos / Sondergard, Heide, Reumert, Aarhus So


Release Date: 07/28/2009 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8226034   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Poul Ruders
Performer:  Erik HeideMathias Reumert
Conductor:  Thomas Sondergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Poul Ruders is a fine composer, but like many modern masters he often seems to be at his best when working with other people's tunes. When he applies his quirky orchestral imagination to Purcell's witches (from Dido and Aeneas), as in the Concerto in Pieces, or to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, as in the Violin Concerto No. 1, the results are nothing less than brilliant. Monodrama is a percussion concerto, which is a silly concept to begin with (and I say this as a percussionist), but Ruders' skillful exploitation of atmosphere and love of alarming sounds go a long way toward justifying the work's 30-minute length.

The performances here are absolutely first rate. Concerto in Pieces has no
Read more extended solos; it's a "concerto for orchestra", and every section of the Aarhus Symphony does a splendid job. Erik Heide plays the Violin Concerto with an ideal combination of Baroque elegance and modern grit. In Monodrama, Mathias Reumert bangs away with unapologetic gusto, and the sonics permit Ruders' often complex textures to register naturally, with exemplary clarity. I can think of no better introduction to Ruders' music than this appealing new disc.

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

1.
Concerto in Pieces by Poul Ruders
Conductor:  Thomas Sondergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994-1995; Denmark 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 1 by Poul Ruders
Performer:  Erik Heide (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Sondergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Denmark 
3.
Monodrama by Poul Ruders
Performer:  Mathias Reumert (Percussion)
Conductor:  Thomas Sondergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 30 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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