Norgard - Whirl’s World | Dacapo 8226136

Norgard - Whirl’s World


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Label: Dacapo

Cat No: 8226136

Barcode: 0636943613627

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd August 2019

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Per Nørgård (b. 1932) is one of the most frequently played composers of his generation. He has written more than 400 works in all genres and inspired innumerable colleagues in Denmark and abroad. This album presents all of Nørgård’s music for the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast film version by Gabriel Axel of Karen Blixen’s short story – not just the snatches of it one can hear in the film. One can also get to know the hypnotic Spell, the ripples and bubbles in Whirl’s World and Trio Breve, which according to the composer himself are to be regarded as fragments of a mosaic.

Per Nørgård’s present oeuvre of six operas, eight symphonies, 11 solo concertos and an endless series of pieces in other genres have gained him a large audience and are played throughout the world. The works differ considerably, yet all of them seem to be driven by the same longing for a secret, private state.

This album presents a collection of chamber works by Nørgård. Trio Breve from 2012 is one of the most recent numbers in Per Nørgård’s catalogue of works – and at the same time one of the simplest. On this release you’ll find the world premiere recording of the work.

Whirl's World was written for Danish Wind Quintet in 1970, since when it has been recognised as one of the ‘great’ wind quintets of the century.

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