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Horneman: Orchestral Works / Gustavsson, Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Horneman / Danish National Sym Orch / Gustavsson
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 6220564  
Composer:  Christian Emil Horneman
Conductor:  Johannes Gustavsson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony OrchestraDanish National Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Some of this music has been recorded before, by BIS, but the overture and the complete Kalanus Suite aren't otherwise available. Christian Horneman (1840-1906) wrote comparatively little music, most of it for the theater, and all of it (that I've heard anyway) is of high quality. The idiom is late romantic, the melodic invention consistently attractive, the scoring colorful and ear-catching. The music leaves you wanting more. The Gurre-Suite follows the same basic story as Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, except that in this version Tove gets locked in a sauna and steamed to death rather than poisoned by the jealous queen. The four concise movements consist of an overture, a love scene, Tove's funeral
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The other major work here is the suite from Kalanus, in five relatively substantial movements--but arguably the most fun comes from the two dances (of satyrs and a bacchanal, respectively) in "Contest with the Muses". Trust me, it's all good, and the performances are absolutely terrific, with Johannes Gustavsson encouraging his players to give their very best. Dacapo's SACD engineering is also excellent. It may be that Horneman's entire life's work can be summed up on a single CD (not necessarily a bad thing in these days of mega-boxed sets), but it's one you won't want to miss.

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

1.
Gurre: Suite by Christian Emil Horneman
Conductor:  Johannes Gustavsson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Denmark 
2.
Overture héroique by Christian Emil Horneman
Conductor:  Johannes Gustavsson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1867; Denmark 
3.
Kalanus: Suite by Christian Emil Horneman
Conductor:  Johannes Gustavsson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Denmark 
4.
The Struggle with the Muses: Suite by Christian Emil Horneman
Conductor:  Johannes Gustavsson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; Denmark 

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