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listen  1. Solhymne (Hymn to the Sun), Op. 77: I. Tempo giustoDanish National Vocal Ensemble 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Solhymne (Hymn to the Sun), Op. 77: II. ParlandoDanish National Vocal Ensemble 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Solhymne (Hymn to the Sun), Op. 77: III. Tempo giustoDanish National Vocal Ensemble 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Forarssang (Spring Song)Danish National Vocal Ensemble 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Vandring i skoven (A Walk in the Forest)Danish National Vocal Ensemble 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 2 Hans Christian Andersen Poems: No. 1. Lysets faedreland (The Native Land of Light)Danish National Vocal Ensemble 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 2 Hans Christian Andersen Poems: No. 2. Loft mig kun bort (Come Lift Me Up)Danish National Vocal Ensemble 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Psalm 23, "Herren er min hyrde" (The Lord is My Shepherd)Danish National Vocal Ensemble 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. 3 Pieces from the Psalms of David, Op. 74: No. 1. Herre, din miskundhed raekker til Himlen (Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens)Danish National Vocal Ensemble 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. 3 Pieces from the Psalms of David, Op. 74: No. 2. Herre, min Gud, jeg raber om dagen (O Lord God of my salvation)Danish National Vocal Ensemble 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. 3 Pieces from the Psalms of David, Op. 74: No. 3. Kom, lad os juble for Herren (O come, let us sing unto the Lord)Danish National Vocal Ensemble 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Il cantico delle creatureDanish National Vocal Ensemble 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. 3 Motets: I. Preghiera SempliceDanish National Vocal Ensemble 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. 3 Motets: II. Charitas Nunquam ExciditDanish National Vocal Ensemble 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. 3 Motets: III. Psalm 86 (Herr, Neyge deine Ohren)Danish National Vocal Ensemble 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Danish National Vocal Ensemble
  • Conductor: Søren Kinch Hansen
  • Composer: Peter Bruun, Vagn Holmboe, Bo Holten, Per Nørgård, Jørgen Jersild, et al.
  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dacapo Classical
  • ASIN: B004AB2FD0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 8, 2012
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This Dacapo release from 2010 is the debut CD of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, though this group has a long history under its previous name, the Danish National Radio Choir. We find a cappella works by seven Danish composers born throughout the 20th century: Herman D. Koppel (1908), Vagn Holmboe (1909), Jørgen Jersild (1913), Per Nørgård (1932), Bo Holten (1948), Poul Ruders (1949) and Peter Bruun (1968). I bought this disc while exploring the output of Holmboe, Nørgård and Ruders, so I'll limit my review to their works.

Vagn Holmboe wrote music that tastefully extends the Romantic and neo-classical traditions, drawing some inspiration from Bartok for spice and eventually engaging in a search for unbreakable thematic unity (the "metamorphosis" technique) after studying Sibelius. Yet for his somewhat conventional 20th century musical forebears, Holmboe had a very brief flirtation with mid-century modernism around 1960, and that is evident from his work on this disc. "Hymn to the Sun" op. 77 (1961) sets an unexpected text: a prayer written by the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten over three thousand years ago. The three stanzas of the text, discussing day, night and daybrek anew, are split across three movements: I. Tempo giusto II. Parlando III. Tempo giusto. The outer movements will be easily recognized as Holmboe by fans of the composer, but the inner movement is just unusual enough from most of his output to surprise.

Per Nørgård's "Two Hans Christian Andersen Poems" (2004-05) set two very different verses by the classic author known mainly for his fairy tales. "The Native Land of Light" is an ecstatic tribute to poetry, saying that though it can be found in the smallest trifle, it is a heaven, a "golden Hindustan".
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