Inger Dam-Jensen, soprano
Danish National Concert Choir
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Gert Henning-Jensen, tenor
Johannes Mannov, bass
Inga Nielsen, soprano
Guido Paevatalu, baritone
Johan Reuter, bass
Marianne Rørholm, mezzo-soprano
December 1995
DACAPO

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Kunzen: Holger Danske

About the Album – DACAPO

The premiere of the opera Holger Danske (Ogier the Dane) in 1789 in Copenhagen incited political controversy; only six performances took place. With this recording, it assumes its rightful place as the first masterpiece of Danish opera. It is a rescue opera, a fairy tale and a Turkish opera all at once.

Tracklisting

Holger Danske (1789)

Opera in three acts by F.L.Ae. Kunzen and Jens Baggesen

CD 1

1. No. 1-4: Overture 6:35
2. Act 1, Scene 1: No. 5 5:40
3. Act 1, Scene 1: No. 6 Recitative, No. 7 Aria 2:26
4. Act 1, Scene 2: No. 8 Recitative 2:59
5. Act 1, Scene 2: No. 8 Recitative 2:16
6. Act 1, Scene 2: No. 10 Recitative 3:07
7. Act 1, Scene 2: No. 13, No. 14, No. 15, No. 16 4:17
8. Act 1, Scene 1: No. 17 1:06
9. Act 1, Scene 3: No. 18, No. 19 Chorus, No. 20 Recitative, No. 21 Chorus 2:39
10. Act 1, Scene 3: No. 22 Recitative 4:41
11. Act 1, Scene 3: No. 25, No. 26 2:23
12. Act 1, Scene 3: No. 27 Recitative, No. 28, No. 29 Recitative, No. 30 5:23
13. Act 1, Scene 4: No. 31 Duetto 1:09
14. Act 1, Scene 5: No. 32 7:16
15. Act 2: No. 33 5:55
16. Act 2: No. 34, No. 35, No. 36 5:44

CD 2

1. Act 2, Scene 1: No. 37 Marcia. Chorus 2:58
2. Act 2, Scene 2: No. 38 3:12
3. Act 2, Scene 2: No. 39 Recitative, No. 40 3:23
4. Act 2, Scene 3: No. 41 2:16
5, Act 2, Scene 3: No. 42, No. 43, Scene 4 – No. 43a, Scene 5 – 43b, No. 44 5:27
6. Act 2, Scene 6: No. 45, Scene 7 – No. 46, No. 47, No. 48 Chorus 1:19
7. Act 2, Scene 7: No. 49 1:12
8. Act 2, Scene 7: No. 50 Chorus 7:05
9. Act 3, Scene 1: No. 51 3:23
10. Act 3, Scene 1: No. 52 Recitative, No. 53, Scene 2 – No. 53a 3:58
11. Act 3, Scene 2: No. 54 5:44
12. Act 3, Scene 3: No. 55, Scene 4 – No. 55a, Scene 5 – No. 55b 3:12
13. Act 3, Scene 5: No. 56: 5:25
14. Act 3, Scene 5: No. 57 2:54
15. Act 3, Scene 5: No. 58, Scene 6 – No. 59 Scene 7 – No. 60 Recitative 2:28
16. Act 3, Scene 7 – No. 60 Recitative 1:30
17. Act 3, Scene 7: No. 61 1:50
18. Act 3, Scene 7: No. 62 Recitative 1:09
19. Act 3, Scene 8: No. 63 Recitative, No. 64 2:37
20. Act 3, Scene 9: No. 65, Scene 10 – No. 65a 3:25
21. Act 3, Scene 11: No. 66 Duetto, No. 67, Scene 12- No. 67a, No. 68 Menuet 7:39
22. Act 3, Scene 12: No. 69 2:08
23. Act 3, Scene 12: No. 70, No. 71, No. 72 Chorus 3:26

Reviews
Winner of the Danish Grammy Award
 
“This is a fascinating and hugely enjoyable set.” – BBC Music Magazine *****
 
“This recording is first-rate.” – American Record Guide
 
“If I don’t include this recording in my year-end list of preferences, may my right hand forget its cunning.” – Fanfare
 
“With masterful conducting by Thomas Dausgaard, an orchestra of international caliber and recording of wide dynamic range and good balance, Holger Danske has the makings of a real sleeper.” – Opera News
 
“Dank an dacapo dieses Schmuckstück ausgegraben zu haben.” – Orpheus
 
“A major discovery. This is a truly fascinating and worthy work in an exemplary production and presentation. Check it out.” – Répertoire
“The quality of Kunzen’s music is so high, this is like discovering a mature Mozart work” – The Oakland Tribune
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