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Knudåge Riisager: The Symphonic Edition, Vol. 1

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Bo Holten

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"... playful, chivalrous, impulsive and ending in a grand symphonic glow. This is a pleasing collection and bodes well for later volumes."
- MusicWeb International

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Overture for Erasmus Montanus, Op. 1  
Andante – Allegro vivace – Tempo di menuetto grazioso – Allegro vivace
Knudåge Riisager; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
Klods Hans (Jack the Dullard), Op. 18  
Allegro vivace
Knudåge Riisager; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
Symphony No. 1, Op. 8  
I. Allegro ritmico e con brio
Knudåge Riisager; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
II. Andante recitativo
Knudåge Riisager; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
III. Allegro focoso
Knudåge Riisager; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
Comoedie, Op. 21  
Molto tempestoso
Knudåge Riisager; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
Fastelavn (Carnival), Op. 20  
Vivace, molto fastoso
Knudåge Riisager; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    64:53
"... Holten and the ASO produce what seem to be entirely idiomatic readings, with the rhythms fully sprung ... the recording is clear, capturing the full range of the orchestra ... very good fun ... worth your time."
- International Record Review

"... performances are first-rate and so is the engineering ... Holten and his players clearly relish the music's colour and energy ... I can only welcome this release with great enthusiasm and high hopes for the series as a whole."
- ClassicsToday.com

"None of these pieces is exactly easy to play, the more so since none is in any orchestra's repertoire (nor, to be realistic, ever likely to be). The ASO acquits itself bravely under Holten's firm direction and, as usual from this source, recording quality (is) first-rate."
- Gramophone

This world premiere recording of Dansh composer Knudåge Riisager's complete cycle of symphonies opens with the virtuosic Symphony No. 1 and also includes four lively and humorous orchestral pieces, presented here by Bo Holten and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra as a series of Danish Pictures in accordance with Riisager's original intentions. These performances illustrate why Riisager, who studied composition in Paris in the 1920s, is now considered a pioneer of the sparkling Neo-Classicist style in Danish music.
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Recorded in Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus, on 14-18 September 2010 [1] - [5] & [7] and 21 February 2011 [6]
Recording producer: Morten Mogensen
Sound engineer: Claus Byrith
Liner notes: Claus Røllum-Larsen
English translation: James Manley
Proofreader: Svend Ravnkilde
Photo p. 25: © Eva Sommestad Holten
Graphic design: Elevator Design
Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen (Overture for Erasmus Montanus and Klods Hans)

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