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Bach & the Danes | Danish National Vocal Ensemble

Bach & the Danes | Danish National Vocal Ensemble


Prof Daniel Grimley | Pre-Concert talk at 6:30pm

Denmark is one of the great singing nations of the world, and its choral music – from short hyggelig pieces to be sung in company, through the grand liturgical repertoire developed after the Reformation in the Danish Lutheran church, to the national choral songs and concert music of our own day – is one of the nation’s great cultural treasures, if less well-known than it should be outside Denmark itself. 

The Danish National Vocal Ensemble – the professional chamber choir of DR, Denmark’s national broadcaster – presents a broad cross-section of Danish choir music from the Renaissance to the present day, through the works of composers from the time of Christian IV, the longest-reigning and most cultured of all former Danish monarchs, from the father-figure of modern Danish music, Carl Nielsen, to contemporary composers such as Bent Sørensen, Bo Holten and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen UK premiere. Framing the programme, a sensual choral evocation of night-time by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, and a choral masterwork by J S Bach.

This concert is being recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in Concert and will be available in BBC Sounds for 30 days after the broadcast.

Duration: 2 hours with interval

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