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Holmboe: Chamber Concertos & Sinfonias / Koivula, Danish National Chamber Orchestra

Holmboe / Futtrup / Svane
Release Date: 04/06/2018 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8206004  
Composer:  Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Max ArtvedTim FrederiksenMikkel FuttrupOle Edvard Antonsen,   ... 
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio SinfoniettaDanish Radio Concert Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Danish composer and teacher Vagn Holmboe was born into a merchant family of amateur musicians. Vagn began formal music training at 14, before attending the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen at the age of 16. He composed around 370 pieces in all. Vagn Holmboe worked throughout his life to distill his own ideas and cut out the unnecessary. This collection comprises all of Holmboe’s 13 short chamber concertos and his four sinfonias in the acclaimed recordings by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra with former chief conductor Hannu Koivula. The neoclassical concertos for one or more soloists reveal Holmboe’s rustic, down-to-earth style that can be described as Danish or Nordic, as well as his inspiration from eastern European folk Read more music.

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Review excerpts of select, previously released volumes contained in this set:

Holmboe: Sinfonias 1-4


The Danish Radio Sinfonietta under Hannu Koivula plays with the sort of commitment that we should expect from compatriots of the composer, with crisp ensemble, excellent tuning, and phrasing that gives direction to the composer's long, airy, sinewy textures. The music also is beautifully recorded, warmly and naturally.

– ClassicsToday

Holmboe: Complete Chamber Concertos Vol 4


This final volume in dacapo’s four-disc survey of the complete Holmboe chamber concertos completes a musical odyssey of the highest value. The music is characteristically mature Holmboe: energetic, tuneful, neo-classical in cast, and shot through with his characteristically spicy harmonic idiom in which Nordic, Eastern European, and modal elements all blend to form a flexible, expressive, sophisticated musical language as attractive as it is inspired. The performances are uniformly superb, as has been the case with this entire series. If you haven’t sampled thus far, you’ve missed something wonderful.

– ClassicsToday Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Chamber Concerto no 7 for Oboe, Op. 37 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Max Artved (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danish Radio Studio 2 
2.
Chamber Concerto no 8 for Orchestra, Op. 38 "Sinfonia Concertante" by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Max Artved (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danish Radio Studio 2 
3.
Chamber Concerto no 9 for Violin and Viola, Op. 39 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Tim Frederiksen (Viola), Mikkel Futtrup (Violin)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Danish Radio Studio 2 
4.
Chamber Concerto no 10 for Winds, Brass and Strings, Op. 40 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Max Artved (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Denmark 
5.
Chamber Concerto no 11 for Trumpet and 2 Horns, Op. 44 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Denmark 
6.
Chamber Concerto no 12 for Trombone, Op. 52 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Jacques Mauger (Trombone)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Denmark 
7.
Chamber Concerto no 13 for Oboe and Viola, Op. 67 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Tim Frederiksen (Viola), Max Artved (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1956; Denmark 
8.
Chamber Concerto no 1 for Piano, Op. 17 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Staffan Borseman (Violin), Anne Oland (Piano)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Stuido 2, Danish Radio, Copenhagen 
Length: 29 Minutes 0 Secs. 
9.
Chamber Concerto no 2 for Flute and Violin, Op. 20 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Mikkel Futtrup (Violin), Eva Ostergaard (Flute)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Stuido 2, Danish Radio, Copenhagen 
Length: 21 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10.
Chamber Concerto no 3 for Clarinet, Op. 21 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Niels Thomsen (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Stuido 2, Danish Radio, Copenhagen 
Length: 16 Minutes 41 Secs. 
11.
Symphony for Strings no 1, Op. 73a by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Max Artved (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Denmark 
12.
Symphony for Strings no 2, Op. 73b by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Max Artved (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Denmark 
13.
Symphony for Strings no 3, Op. 73c by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Max Artved (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Denmark 
14.
Symphony for Strings no 4, Op. 73d by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Max Artved (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Denmark 
15.
Kairos, Op. 73 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Max Artved (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Denmark 
16.
Chamber Concerto no 6 for Violin, Op. 33 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Mikkel Futtrup (Violin)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Denmark 
17.
Chamber Concerto no 5 for Viola, Op. 31 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Tim Frederiksen (Viola)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Denmark 
18.
Chamber Concerto no 4 for Piano Trio, Op. 30 by Vagn Holmboe
Performer:  Niels Ullner (Cello), Anne Oland (Piano), Mikkel Futtrup (Violin)
Conductor:  Hannu Koivula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; Denmark 

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