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DELIUS, F.: 5 Songs from the Norwegian / The Song of the High Hills / Eventyr (Norwegian Masterworks) (Holten)

DELIUS, F.: 5 Songs from the Norwegian / The Song of the High Hills / Eventyr

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release date: November 2009


Artists:

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra


Holten, Bo


Henriette Bonde-Hansen

Featured Artist

Bo Holten

Featured Artist

Aarhus University ChoirAarhus Chamber ChoirHummerkoret



Record Label
Danacord

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 65:40
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FREDERICK DELIUS

1 

Eventyr, 'Once Upon a Time'

15:20
 Bo Holten Featured Artist
     
2 

3 Small Tone Poems

5:49
 Bo Holten Featured Artist
     
 

ANDREAS MUNCH

3 

5 Songs from the Norwegian (arr. B. Holten)

3:53
  No. 1. Slumber Song  
 Henriette Bonde-Hansen Featured Artist
     
 

THEODOR KJERULF

4 No. 2. The Nightingale 2:44
 Henriette Bonde-Hansen Featured Artist
     
5 No. 3. Summer Eve 3:37
 Bo Holten Featured Artist
     
6 No. 4. Longing 3:19
 Bo Holten Featured Artist
     
7 No. 5. Sunset 5:00
 Bo Holten Featured Artist
     
 

FREDERICK DELIUS

8 

The Song of the High Hills

25:58
 Bo Holten Featured Artist
 Holten, Bo
Delius: Eventyr; Seligh Ride; Song of the High Hills; 5 Songs from the Norwegian – Hoyer Hansen, Bonde-Hansen, Aahus University Ch., Aahus SO, Holten.

‘Sleigh Ride, a piano piece buried for many years which finally surfaced in the composer’s orchestration in 1946, is a jolly little piece, not at all Delian in style, and by rights should have been a hit from the start. The Five Songs from the Norwegian are charming, the more seductive in Bo Holten’s sensitive orchestrations, with Henriette Bond-Hansen the delightfully fresh, pure-toned soprano. Eventyr, inspired by the folk takes of Christen Asbjornsen, was written much later, but the most ambitious Delius work inspired by Norway is The Song of the High Hills. Over its 25-minute span, it offers some of the most hauntingly atmospheric music that Delius ever wrote, notably in the passages for wordless choir. Holten conducts a beautiful, refined performance, which keeps the music moving, never letting it meander, building to powerful climaxes and thrillingly recorded with a fine feeling for atmosphere.’

Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music

Delius: Eventyr; Sleigh Ride; Song of the High Hills; Five Songs from the Norwegian

Performed by Høyer Hansen, Bonde-Hansen, Aarhus Chamber Choir, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Holten

Sleigh Ride, a piano piece buried for many years, which finally surfaced in the composer’s orchestration in 1946, is a jolly little piece, not at all Delian in style, and by rights should have been a hit from the start. The Five Songs from the Norwegian are charming, the more seductive in Bo Holten’s sensitive orchestrations, with Henriette Bonde-Hansen the delightfully fresh, pure-toned soprano. Eventyr, inspired by the folk takes of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, was written much later, but the most ambitious Delius work inspired by Norway is The Song of the High Hills. Over its twenty-five-minute span, it offers some of the most hauntingly atmospheric music that Delius ever wrote, notably in the passages for wordless choir. Holten conducts a beautiful, refined performance, which keeps the music moving, never letting it meander, building to powerful climaxes and thrillingly recorded with a fine feeling for atmosphere.’

Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music

 "...In this recording Bo Holten and his excellent Danish ensemble give us a penetrating portrait of the French influences on his music... Five Songs to words by Paul Verlaine are most beautiful, especially as sung by soprano Henriette Bonde-Hansen ... Excellent sound."

Alan Becker - American Record Guide - September/October 2013


                     Classical Music Web Editor’s Choice

"In short this is a completely recommendable version of Delius’s visionary dream of the high mountains and of the awed immediacy of mortality and transience that these high realms provoke."
 

Gramophone

"This disc from Denmark is to be much welcomed. Bo Holten has a good feeling for the composer; his Eventyr is full blooded and his scoring of the Grieg-like songs is mostly skilful and idiomatic."
 

BBC Music Magazine



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