Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Elverskud" - "The elf-King's Daughter", a concert-ballad for soloists, choir, and orchestra, is perhaps Niels Gade's most effective combination of Mendelssohnian style with Danish romantic flavor...and national subject matter...In this newest recording, Schonwandt leads with a lean, propulsive quality...Its central movement includes some of the finest Mendelssohnian orchestral writing from anyone besides Mendelssohn himself..."
American Record Guide
"In 1843, when his first Symphony was not accepted for performance in Denmark, [Niels] Gade sent it to Felix Mendelssohn in Leipzig, who loved the work and programmed it. That same year, Gade was given a government grant that allowed him to travel to Leipzig. He met Mendelssohn, who engaged him as assistant conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and as a teacher at the Leipzig Conservatory. Not surprisingly, many of Gade's compositions of the time show Mendelssohn's influence…. Gade specialized in cantatas, many taking their themes from Danish folklore. Perhaps the most popular of these is Elverskud (The Elf-King's Daughter). He ultimately produced 8 symphonies, many chamber works and cantatas, and a variety of shorter character pieces and songs."
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