Monday, November 20, 2017

Riisager, Knudåge. (1897-1974) Orchestral Works.

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: November 2017.
First listen: 20-11-2017.
Label: Dacapo.
Recording dates: June 1997. (Remastered 2010)
Venue: Concert House, Helsingborg, Sweden.
Sound engineer: Michael Petersen.
Time: 72:35.

Works on this CD.
Fool's Paradise Suite No 1&2 opus 33 for Orchestra. (1936&1940)
Six Dance from the Christian Andersen ballet opus 37 "Twelve by the mail". (1939)
Concertino for Trumpet and Strings opus 29, (1933)
Dances from the Fairytale play by Johannes Jensen, opus 32. (1935-36).

Performed by:
Helsingborg SO, Thomas Dausgaard.
Håkan Hardenberger, Trumpet.
Vocal Group Ars Nova.

I am a great fan of the composer Riisager, since I bought a record with the ballet Benzin a long time ago. I have purchased in total 4 discs with his music in November 2017, and this is the first in line. The disc starts with the Fool's Paradise suites, orchestrated to perfection in so many colours and filled with so much mystical details, you almost need a double set of ears to get it all in. Both are demonstration class Riisager. So whenever you need a sample of his music these suites are the ones to go for. And his genius wanders easily through the Six dances opus 37 to the opus 32. Both works are filled with an abundance of details, and a wall of colours that will dazzle your ears. The Concertino is a work of great genius but it did not touch me on the same level as the other works.
The performance is top notch and that goes for all participants. The vocal contribution in the opus 32 are terrific, adding some fear into this mystical score, especially in the "Dust storm", and the "Women's Dance".
Hardenberger is a fine musician, who plays with a sense for dynamics and accents that puts him easily in the top of his trade. The orchestra is excellent. Dausgaard makes the music come very close to utter perfection.
The sound is demonstration class. The remastering did the original recording of 1997 a great service.

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