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Hymn To The Sun - Danish Works For Choir

Holmboe / Ruders / Norgard / Holt / Hansen
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8226051  
Composer:  Peter BruunVagn HolmboeBo HoltenJorgen Jersild,   ... 
Conductor:  Søren Kinch Hansen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In case you haven’t noticed, Danish composers have produced some exceptional choral music during the last century or so, and this program is a celebration of the work of the most notable figures, from Vagn Holmboe to Bo Holten, Per Nørgård, and Poul Ruders. Peter Bruun, the youngest of the featured composers (b. 1968), is less-known, but on evidence here is worthy of the company he shares on the CD. The works are varied in subject matter—the sun, poetry by Hans Christian Andersen, and the Psalms—yet musically there is a sort of shared preference among these composers for a kind of pseudo-atonality whose frequently dissonant harmony, while never straying too far from tonal foundations, allows the composer infinitely more freedom Read more to suspend resolution or offer only incomplete resolutions, ultimately making the conclusion that much more satisfying and powerful. And this doesn’t suggest a lack or absence of melody—these composers know how to write and incorporate first-rate melodic material into their often complex choral textures.

The Danish National Vocal Ensemble, making its first CD appearance, is made up of 18 full-time professional singers, and there’s little to fault in the technique or the vocal quality—I only noticed that at times (especially in the opening, title work) the sopranos can be too strong and thus the balance/blend is skewed; otherwise this entire production is exemplary, including the vibrant, studio-controlled sound. Strongly recommended.

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

1.
Forårssang by Peter Bruun
Conductor:  Søren Kinch Hansen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
2.
Vandring i skoven by Peter Bruun
Conductor:  Søren Kinch Hansen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
3.
Solhymne by Vagn Holmboe
Conductor:  Søren Kinch Hansen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
4.
Psalm 23 "Dominus regit me" by Bo Holten
Conductor:  Søren Kinch Hansen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Written: 2005 
5.
Il cantico delle creature by Jorgen Jersild
Conductor:  Søren Kinch Hansen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
6.
Pieces (3) for Mixed Choir with texts from the Psalms of David, Op. 74 by Herman D. Koppel
Conductor:  Søren Kinch Hansen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
7.
Hans Christian Andersen Poems (2) by Per Norgård
Conductor:  Søren Kinch Hansen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
8.
Motets (3) by Poul Ruders
Conductor:  Søren Kinch Hansen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Vocal Ensemble

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