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Today is the release of "Stairway to Bach - Rock Classics with a hint of Bach" with organ professor Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen

May 3, 2024

A patchwork of J.S. Bach and Symphonic Rock music from the 60th and 70th

Music by The Doors, J.S.Bach, Savage Rose, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen and Procol Harum
All organ arrangements by Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen·

In these arrangements, the connection between Bach and Rock is underlined by a direct interweaving of rock music with quotations from Johann Sebastian Bach, with the result that the music flows together in a patchwork of baroque organ, Bach and symphonic rock “STAIRWAY to BACH – Rock classics with a hint of Bach”.

Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen is Professor and Head of Department for Organ and Church Music at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, and performs extensively throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia.
Featured on this delightful genre-blending program is the glorious Marcussen organ in the Concert Hall of The Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Today is the international release of the album IN TIME with Aros Guitar Duo

April 5, 2024

The multiple award winning Aros Guitar Duo's debut Album IN TIME present 6 new compositions mad for the duo by 6 Danish composers. The concept for the album is that all compositions include a 500 years old ode (tune) that is played from the bell tower of the City Hall in Aarhus. The City Hall is designed by the famous Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Even it is 6 different composers you feel that IN TIME is 1 piece of music in 6 movements.

GLOBAL MUSIC AWARD’S - ”BEST IN SHOW” & GOLD MEDAL WINNER In the chamber music category

March 25, 2024

Motivation letter
Distinguished Honorees Announced
We are proud to bring you the newest selection of talented recipients of Global Music Awards.

The Global Music Awards is a well-known international music competition that celebrates independent musicians. Global Music Awards is widely recognized by industry insiders as giving legitimacy to highly talented artists. Global Music Awards is recognized as music's golden seal of approval.

Janne Fredens and Søren Rastogi have been awarded Global Music Award’s Best in Show honors for their album Upheaval in the category chamber music. In this work, cellist Fredens and pianist Rastogi give new life to twelve compositions written solely by four women in the early 20th century. Each composer has her own wonderful story and achievements, but many of their works are now scarcely played. Fredens and Rastogi have given these gifts back to us with stunning performances. The dynamic compositions and instrumentation makes this album an exciting listen, suggesting Upheaval as much as the composers bucked the norms of their day. This collection of superb works by female composers, played by two highly talented musicians, is sure to impress.

A very special release Stairway to Bach - Rock Classics with a hint of Bach is now uploaded

March 8, 2024

George Bernard Shaw used to say the only things worth hearing on a pipe organ were Bach and Wagner. There’s no Wagner here but the spirit of arranging works form other media for the “King of Instruments” date back to... Bach himself! (It’s been suggested that even the famous Toccata and Fugue in d minor was original a violin solo)!
The symphonic rock music of the 1960s and 1970s aspired to great things and often drew upon classical tropes, particularly those suggesting the gravitas of J.S. Bach, sometimes using direct Bach quote, while at others, as in Penny Lane by The Beatles, suggesting the sound of the Baroque masters.
In these arrangements, the connection between Bach and Rock is underlined by a direct interweaving of rock music with quotations from Johann Sebastian Bach, with the result that the music flows together in a patchwork of baroque organ, Bach and symphonic rock “STAIRWAY to BACH – Rock classics with a hint of Bach”.
Organist Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen is one of the most versatile musicians on the Danish music scene, renowned for his surprising and frequently unconventional programs. Sven-Ingvart is a graduate of the music conservatories in Esbjerg and Copenhagen and is Professor and Head of Department for Organ and Church Music at The Royal Danish Academy of Music.
Sven-Ingvart performs extensively throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia.
Featured on this delightful genre-blending program is the glorious Marcussen organ in the Concert Hall of The Royal Danish Academy of Music.

UPHEAVAL IS CD OF THE WEEK in Danish National Radio Classical Channel P2

February 12, 2024

Congratulations to Janne Fredens & Søren Rastogi. Their album UPHEAVAL have had a great international attention including an entusiastic presentation in Bayrischer Rundfunk BR Classic,- and CD of The Week in DRP2., and a great Gramophone review.

The Danish Newspaper Politiken have choosen VINGT REGARDS as BEST RELEASE in 2023.

December 11, 2023

The Danish Newspaper Politiken have chosen VINGT REGARDS as BEST RELEASE in 2023. On the list of the 10 best releases you also find SOLO ALONE AND MORE med clarinetist Jonas Frølund. CORELLIMANIA with Michala Petri, Hille Perl and Mahan Esfahani is one of 3 finalist for the ICMA Award.

Danish Music Award for Kristoffer Hyldig´s recording of Messiaen "Vingt Regards"

November 28, 2023

The motivation from the Jury writes:
Kristoffer Hyldig: Messiaen: 'Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus' One can't help but bow down in admiration for the Danish pianist Kristoffer Hyldig's recording of Olivier Messiaen's piano masterpiece 'Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus' ('Vingt Regards Sur L'Enfant-Jésus'). 'Vingt Regards' is a monumental work that, across 20 movements and two hours, reflects on the infant Jesus. It is sensual and mystical music, filled with peculiar timbres and distinctive rhythms. It is music that demands the utmost from the pianist – in terms of technique, musicality, and physicality. Kristoffer Hyldig interprets the work with tremendous skill. Every note is carefully considered, yet it sounds spontaneous and fluid. This is an album of international caliber.

Today is the release of DIE WEIHNACHTSGESCHICHTE

November 3, 2023

The inspiration for Hugo Distler’s gem of a Christmas narrative can be found in the
German-language protestant sacred music of the early baroque era, especially
the music of Heinrich Schütz. Drawing on Schütz’s example, Distler composed
his Christmas story exclusively for vocalists – soloists and a 4-8-voiced ensemble
– in what is, in Distler’s own words, described as an “Oratorium mit kammermusikalishem
Charakter”.
We also hear parts of the beautiful choral Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, which appears
seven times during the course of the narrative. – every time in a new harmonic
colour.
The story of Hugo Distler’s life is a tragic one. Born in Nuremburg in 1908, he
would go on to teach at the School for Church Music in Spandau before being appointed
professor of church music in Stuttgart in 1940. Distler, who was a deeply
religious man, has been recognized as a forerunner of the New German Church
Music, an important musical movement which developed in the 1930s. The Nazis
stigmatized Distler’s compositions as “degenerate art”, and when he received his
conscription papers, he took his life. Sadly, Distler’s music is seldom performed
outside of Germany even to this day.
Hailed by Gramophone as “a choir worth listening to for their beautiful singing,
which can deliver performances of pure, natural eloquence,” the 16 voices of the
award-winning vocal ensemble Concert Clemens, founded by conductor Carsten
Seyer-Hansen in 1997, has established itself as one of the leading vocal ensembles
in Scandinavia. Their stylistic versatility has been seen in numerous collaborations
exploring the connections between jazz and classical music as well as noteperfect
interpretations of standard repertoire. The evangelist, tenor Adam Riis, is
one of Denmark’s leading voices.
Recorded in the DXD format by the Danish “Wizard of Sound”, Preben Iwan, in the
resonant sonics of Skt. Markus Kirken, Århus.

Today is the release of Corellimania.

October 13, 2023

On the new album with the star trio Petri/Perl/Esfahani the music Corelli’s influence on 3 German Baroque Masters, Bach, Händel and Telemann.
For this exploration of the 18th century’s Corelli Craze, the dynamic star trio of Mahan Esfahani, Hille Perl and Michala Petri unite to trace the Roman’s influence, (sometimes in name only...) on the musical legacies of Bach, Händel and Telemann, and of course two works from the pen of the celebrated Italian Master, himself.
In for different 5 stars reviews Fanfare wrote before the release:
5 stars: "A brilliant, must-have recital of Baroque chamber music"
5 stars: "A remarkable, stunning release; there is nothing to adversely criticise here. Nothing at all"
5 stars: "An absolutely fabulous and absorbing program surrounding the doyen of Baroque Italian composer, Archangelo Corelli"
5 stars: "This is an hour and a quarter’s worth of wonderful music, expertly played, and superbly recorded. Recommended to one and all"

Release of Symphonic Jazz album SONG & WIND

September 22, 2023

Today is the release on a Symphonic Jazz album SONG & WIND. The award-winning composer Jakob Buchanan wrote this amazing work for Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, percussionist Marilyn Mazur, Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir and conductor Carsten Seyer-Hansen.
Composer, trumpet and flugelhorn player Jakob Buchanan writes music specifically with the musicians he is working with in mind. Joining him on this important project are regular collaborators the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, conductor Carsten Seyer-Hansen and percussionist Marilyn Mazur. Together they conjure landscapes of beauty, power and sometimes deep melancholy. Mazur’s panoply of percussion function as an emotional “basso continuo,” speaking a language built out of pure rhythm while Buchanan’s solos emerge almost like ancient cantilations from the choral/orchestral textures. The Aarhus Jazz Orchestra is carefully orchestrated, and the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir provides an aura of ethereal beauty to this soundscape song and wind.
In every way, Buchanan’s Song & Wind is a worthy successor to his earlier award-winning Requiem, (also written with Marilyn Mazur and the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra in mind), a major work, expressive and full of beauty, drawing equally on the music of the past while charting a further course into the future.

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