Holmboe: Chamber Concertos & Sinfonias / Koivula, Danish National Chamber Orchestra

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Danish composer and teacher Vagn Holmboe was born into a merchant family of amateur musicians. Vagn began formal music training at 14, before attending the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen at the age of 16. He composed around 370 pieces in all. Vagn Holmboe worked throughout his life to distill his own ideas and cut out the unnecessary. This collection comprises all of Holmboe’s 13 short chamber concertos and his four sinfonias in the acclaimed recordings by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra with former chief conductor Hannu Koivula. The neoclassical concertos for one or more soloists reveal Holmboe’s rustic, down-to-earth style that can be described as Danish or Nordic, as well as his inspiration from eastern European folk music.


Review excerpts of select, previously released volumes contained in this set:

Holmboe: Sinfonias 1-4

The Danish Radio Sinfonietta under Hannu Koivula plays with the sort of commitment that we should expect from compatriots of the composer, with crisp ensemble, excellent tuning, and phrasing that gives direction to the composer's long, airy, sinewy textures. The music also is beautifully recorded, warmly and naturally.

– ClassicsToday

Holmboe: Complete Chamber Concertos Vol 4

This final volume in dacapo’s four-disc survey of the complete Holmboe chamber concertos completes a musical odyssey of the highest value. The music is characteristically mature Holmboe: energetic, tuneful, neo-classical in cast, and shot through with his characteristically spicy harmonic idiom in which Nordic, Eastern European, and modal elements all blend to form a flexible, expressive, sophisticated musical language as attractive as it is inspired. The performances are uniformly superb, as has been the case with this entire series. If you haven’t sampled thus far, you’ve missed something wonderful.

– ClassicsToday

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 8206004

  • UPC: 636943600412

  • Label: Dacapo

  • Composer: Vagn Holmboe

  • Conductor: Hannu Koivula

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Danish Radio Concert Orchestra, Danish Radio Sinfonietta

  • Performer: Anne Oland, Eva Ostergaard, Jacques Mauger, Max Artved, Mikkel Futtrup, Niels Thomsen, Niels Ullner, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Staffan Borseman, Tim Frederiksen