Jesper Juul, trombone
Henrik Vagn Christensen, conductor
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
December 2006
DACAPO

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Grøndahl: Trombone Concerto

The trombone gained a strong position in 20th-century Danish musical life, thanks to skilled trombonists, especially in the Royal Danish Orchestra, and a sympathetic attitude from the most significant composers, most obviously Carl Nielsen, in whose symphonies the trombones were often given symbolically charged passages. On the whole, the music of the Nordic countries often calls for the noble sound of the brasses. The Danes have therefore been favoured with a not insignificant body of works that place the trombone at the centre. Over several generations the prominent players of the instrument have inspired an undergrowth of enthusiastic pupils in the country’s many amateur orchestras; one can thus speak of a popular Danish trombone tradition which is at present defended and renewed by the undisputed leading light of the profession.

Tracklisting

VAGN HOLMBOE (1909-1996)

Concerto No. 12, op. 52 (1950)
1. I. Allegro moderato 5:29
2. II. Andante tranquillo 4:00
3. III. Allegro molto 7:08

SØREN HYLDGAARD (b. 1962)

Concerto Borealis (2000, rev. 2005)
4. I. Allegro ritmico 2:56
5. II. Rubato – Andante con moto 6:03
6. III. Andante con moto 3:16
7. IV. Molto allegro 4:40

AXEL JØRGENSEN (1881-1947)

Romance, op. 21 (1916)
8. Moderato 5:42

Suite for Trombone and Orchestra, op. 22 (1926)
9. I. Triomphale 3:59
10. II. Menuet giocoso 3:27
11. III. Ballade 3:01

12. Polonaise (Tema con variazione) 4:03

LAUNY GRØNDAHL (1886-1960)
Concerto pour trombone et orchestre (1924) first version
13. I. Moderato assai ma molto maestoso 5:00
14. II. Quasi una leggenda. Andante grave 5:41
15. III. Finale: Maestoso – Rondo 5:11

Concerto No. 12, op. 52 (1950)
1. I. Allegro moderato 5:29
2. II. Andante tranquillo 4:00
3. III. Allegro molto 7:08

SØREN HYLDGAARD (b. 1962)

Concerto Borealis (2000, rev. 2005)
4. I. Allegro ritmico 2:56
5. II. Rubato – Andante con moto 6:03
6. III. Andante con moto 3:16
7. IV. Molto allegro 4:40

AXEL JØRGENSEN (1881-1947)

Romance, op. 21 (1916)
8. Moderato 5:42

Suite for Trombone and Orchestra, op. 22 (1926)
9. I. Triomphale 3:59
10. II. Menuet giocoso 3:27
11. III. Ballade 3:01

12. Polonaise (Tema con variazione) 4:03

LAUNY GRØNDAHL (1886-1960)

Concerto pour trombone et orchestre (1924) first version
13. I. Moderato assai ma molto maestoso 5:00
14. II. Quasi una leggenda. Andante grave 5:41
15. III. Finale: Maestoso – Rondo 5:11

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