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Norgard: Whirl's World / Ensemble MidtVest


Release Date: 07/05/2019 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8226136  
Composer:  Per NorgĺrdPer Norgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble MidtVest
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Different facets—or rather, perhaps, a broad portrait—of this Danish composer’s beguiling music, performed with passion and complete affinity with his sound world.

Per Nørgard is one of the most frequently played composers of his generation. He has written more than 400 works in all genres and inspired innumerable colleagues in Denmark and abroad. This album presents all of Nørgard’s music for the Oscar winning Babette’s Feast film version by Gabriel Axel of Karen Blixen’s short story – not just the snatches of it one can hear in the film. One can also get to know the hypnotic Spell, the ripples and bubbles in Whirl’s World and Trio
Read more Breve, which according to the composer himself are to be regarded as three as short expressive phrases – dream-like pictures – that change between light and dark, fast and slow but with introvert melodic features in common.

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REVIEW:

It’s a mistake to consider Per Nørgård a dogmatic composer and this release proves it in style, placing some of his strictest system-based musical structures alongside wide-eyed film music as if to prove that both are built of the same clarity, sincerity and joie de vivre.

I can think of few composers of the last half a century whose music is so disciplined yet so heartfelt, so original yet so rooted. These are precious values and the unassuming, plain-speaking nature of the music here only proves it.

Different facets—or rather, perhaps, a broad portrait—of this Danish composer’s beguiling music, performed with passion and complete affinity with his sound world.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Spell, for clarinet, cello & piano by Per Norgĺrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble MidtVest
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1973 
2.
Babettes Gaestebud Suite by Per Norgĺrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble MidtVest
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Denmark 
3.
Trio Breve, "Three Fragments (After a Dream)" by Per Norgĺrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble MidtVest
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012; Denmark 
4.
Whirl's World by Per Norgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble MidtVest
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Denmark 

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