Ars Nova Copenhagen
Håkan Hardenberger
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
October 1997
DACAPO

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Riisager: Orchestral Works
About the Album – DACAPO Knudåge Riisager studied in Paris in the 1920s and became a pioneer of the Neo-Classicist style in Danish music. The orchestral works on this CD are from the 1930s and the beginning of the 1940s, and they show Riisager both as a composer inspired by the Neo-Baroque and as an exponent of a decidedly Danish sound.
Tracklisting

Knudåge Riisager

Slaraffenland. Suite I for Orchestra op. 33 (1936)
1. I. Forspil 2:14
2. II. Rejsen derhen 1:00
3. III. Prinsesse Sukkergodt 2:40
4. IV. Dovendidrikernes Polka 1:53
5. V. Vagtparaden 1:09
6. VI. Likørfontænerne 2:17
7. VII. Ædedolkenes Procession 3:47
8. VIII. Punktum Finale 1:30

Slaraffenland. Suite II for Orchestra op. 33 (1940)
9. I. Vuggesang 1:44
10. II. Gyngestolen 1:05
11. III. De tre Musketerer 1:20
12. IV. Springedans 1:24
13. V. Pas de deux 4:07
14. VI. Retternes Dans 4:23

Tolv med Posten op. 37 (1939)
Six dances from the H.C. Andersen ballet “Twelve by the Mail”
15. No. 1, January 2:37
16. No. 2, April 1:58
17. No. 3, May 1:30
18. No. 4, July 2:04
19. No. 5, August 1:33
20. No. 6, October 1:45

Concertino per tromba e strumenti ad arco op. 29 (1933)
21. I. Allegro 4:33
22. II. AndantiNo. semplice 3:25
23. III. Rondo vivace 3:21

Darduse op. 32 (1935-36)
Dances from the fairytale play by Johannes V. Jensen
24. I. Slummersymfoni 3:45
25. II. Hanekampen 1:54
26. III. Støvstormen 4:46
27. IV. Kvindernes Dans 2:15
28. V. Bryllupsprocessionen 3:23
29. VI. De frie Fødders Dans 3:00

Reviews

“The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra plays brilliantly for Thomas Dausgaard.” – American Record Guide

Fanfare Critics Choice

“This will be a must for brass aficionados.” – International Record Review

“Riisager is one of those ‘minor masters’ who, when I hear his music, makes me ask two questions: Where has this guy been hiding, and what else has he written?” – WHRO-FM, Virginia