Ghita Reads H. C. Andersen

"Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen...”

Ghita Nørby is one of Denmark’s greatest actresses, with a critically acclaimed career that spans more than five decades and over 100 films!

For this very special collaboration, Ghita has selected six of her favourite fairy tales from the pen of Hans Christian Andersen.

When we think of Hans Christian Andersen what comes to mind is of a simple, innocent, childlike spinner of tales, practically a character from one of his own stories. However, Andersen was a very different man: a sharply intelligent, ambitious writer with a hardscrabble past, a love of high society, a skillful literary craftsman, and a shrewd observer of human nature.

Likewise, HEARING Andersen's fairy tales, in the original Danish reveal a sophisticated sonic beauty all their own; the words flowing with melody and poetry, as well as skillfully embedded comedy, social critique, satire, and philosophy aimed at adult readers – all of which is perfectly realized in Ghita Nørby’s sensitive and nuanced readings.

The music of Michala Petri and her friends, Chen Yue (Chinese flutes), Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Carolin Widmann (Violin), Ula Ulijona (Viola) and Marta Sudbraba (Cello) provide the perfect atmosphere of enchantment to frame Ghita’s voice.

To frame this exquisite collector’s edition, author, and Hans Chsristian Andersen expert Niels Birger Wamberg has provided exceptional notes, discussing the Andersen’s enduring legacy and influence.

  • Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder.. Since youth she has followed her wish for musical expansion in various ways, through commissioning more than 150 new works, - including more than 30 recorder concertos, through dialogue with other musical cultures and through developing new playing techniques.

    Recorder

    Michala Petri

  • Lars Hannibal began playing the guitar at the age of 15 as many others of his generation. Some years later, a recording by Andrès Segovia, playing the Gavotte from Bach`s E-Major Partita, impressed him so much, that he decided to start playing the Classical guitar.

    Guitar

    Lars Hannibal

  • Ghita Nørby is one of Denmark’s greatest actresses, with a critically acclaimed career that spans
more than five decades and over 100 films!

    Actor / Storyteller

    Ghita Nørby

  • Chen Yue entered The Central Conservatory of Music in 1993, where she became a full student in 1996. In 2000, she became the first graduate student in Chinese history to major in flute.

    Flute

    Chen Yue

  • Carolin Widmann, born in Münich, Germany, studied violin with Igor Ozim in Cologne, Michèle Auclair in Boston and David Takeno in London.

    Violin

    Carolin Widmann

  • Ula Ulijona, born in Vilnius, Lithuania, studied with P. Radzevicius in Vilnius, Hatto Beyerle in Basel and Tabea Zimmermann in Berlin, and attended masterclasses with Yuri Bashmet, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gerard Caussé and Veronica Hagen.

    Viola

    Ula Ulijona

  • Marta Sudraba, born in Riga, Latvia, studied with Ilze Rugevica and Eleonora Testeleca in Riga, and at the Guildhall Scholl of Music and Drama in London, in Basel Music Academy with Thomas Demenga, and with Heinrich Schiff at the Vienna Music Academy.

    Cello

    Marta Sudraba

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