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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard – Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite No. 2 & Hungarian Peasant Songs (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard – Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite No. 2 & Hungarian Peasant Songs (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:36 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PM Classics Ltd.

The violence and horror depicted in Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin channel the events of the collapse of the first Hungarian Soviet Republic and the Red and White Terrors of 1919-1921 that followed. The inscrutable Mandarin falls into a trap set up by a gang of bloodthirsty thugs with tragic results and an ultimately touching conclusion.

The Second Suite of 1909, conceived as a Serenade for small orchestra, is on a smaller scale than the First Suite. The Hungarian Peasant Songs date from the period of the Great War. Originally a set of short piano pieces, Bartók orchestrated nine of the movements in 1933, eight of which are recorded here.

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Seattle Symphony & Thomas Dausgaard – Carl Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (Live) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Seattle Symphony & Thomas Dausgaard – Carl Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (Live) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:03 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Seattle Symphony Media

Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony bring you electric and superbly played performances of Nielsen’s early symphonies. Dausgaard has championed the music of his countryman throughout his career, and this album features the Danish composer’s ecstatic First Symphony and the strong-willed Second Symphony. The live concert recordings capture the vitality and energy shared by the orchestra and their new Music Director, all in the spectacular acoustics of Benaroya Hall.

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Swedish Chamber Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard – Brahms – Orchestral Works (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Swedish Chamber Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard – Brahms – Orchestral Works (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:42 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

“Begun in 2012 with the release of Symphony No. 1, Thomas Dausgaard’s four-disc traversal of the symphonies of Johannes Brahms is here brought to a close with the composer’s final work in the genre. The E minor Symphony is sometimes described as Brahms’ ‘elegiac symphony’, and has been called ‘one of the greatest orchestral works since Beethoven’. Typical for the composer is the striking degree of motivic relationships throughout the work. This includes the finale in which Brahms demonstrates his full mastery in a towering Passacaglia consisting of 30 variations and a coda. The smallish forces of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra contribute to a transparency and clarity which bring out the finer details of Brahms’ compositional web. As on previous instalments, the symphony is coupled with other works by Brahms. Included on the present disc is another late work, Tragic Overture, which concludes the programme. These two ‘serious’ works frame some of the most rousing and ebullient music Brahms ever wrote, namely his Hungarian Dances. Composed for piano four-hands, the 21 dances became immensely popular, and Brahms arranged three of them for orchestra himself. Having made his own orchestrations of the remaining 18 dances, Thomas Dausgaard has recorded the full set for his Brahms cycle, with the final nine dances included here.”

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Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Bartok: Suite No.1 & Concerto for Orchestra (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Bartók: Suite No.1 & Concerto for Orchestra (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:30 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © Onyx Classics

Always keeping one eye on educating tomorrow’s audiences, Danish orchestral conductor Thomas Dausgaard accords great importance to the role that music can play in the lives of young people. That is why he has collaborated with young people’s orchestras like the Baccarelli Institute in Brazil, the Toronto Youth Symphony and the Australian Youth Orchestra. This unique conductor is a real free radical in the often-hidebound world of classical music. His curiosity goes far beyond the borders of music. He is fascinated in particular by the ways of life of faraway peoples: he has visited head-hunting tribes in Borneo, worked on a Chinese farm, and lived with villagers on a remote South Pacific island.

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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard – Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106 (1881 Version) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard – Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A Major, WAB 106 (1881 Version) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:20 minutes | 843 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

Anton Bruckner wrote his Symphony No. 6 over a period of two years, completing it in September 1881. And for once with this composer, the word ‘completing’ can be used without qualification: known for his habit of reworking and revising his works, Bruckner for once seems to have been satisfied with the result of his efforts. That doesn’t mean that the Sixth has enjoyed a smoother passage to the concert stage than other Bruckner symphonies, however. The only performance in Bruckner’s lifetime was a partial one, of the two middle movements, and when Gustav Mahler conducted the first ‘full’ performance in 1899, he made a number of substantial cuts and other amendments. In fact, the true premiere of the Sixth as Bruckner wrote it had to wait until 1935, almost 40 years after the composer’s death. And the work is still something of a Cinderella in the Bruckner catalogue, with far fewer outings in concert halls or on disc than for instance the Fourth or the Seventh. Bruckner called the Sixth his ‘boldest’ symphony – with a duration of ‘only’ some 55 minutes it is at any rate one of the shorter, but possibly the composer was thinking of the remarkably expansive Adagio or the ambiguous Scherzo, or of the way the so-called ‘Bruckner rhythm’ (different combinations of a duplet and a triplet) pervades the work. The present release is the first in a Bruckner ‘mini-series’ from Thomas Dausgaard and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, appearing together on disc for the first time.

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Anna Larsson, Johan Reuter, Svenska Kammarorkestern & Thomas Dausgaard – Brahms: Symphony No. 3, Alto Rhapsody & 6 Schubert Songs (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Larsson, Johan Reuter, Svenska Kammarorkestern & Thomas Dausgaard – Brahms: Symphony No. 3, Alto Rhapsody & 6 Schubert Songs (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:18:18 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

Thomas Dausgaard, the enormously talented conductor, continues here with his quest for recording the mainstream symphonic repertoire with an orchestra, smaller than the usual today. His journey has become a considerable success. What one possibly misses in string sound “thickness” is more than well compensated for by the added transparency, and the almost chamber-music-type listening by the orchestral members. As a matter of fact, Dausgaard’s and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra’s togetherness, ensemble playing is totally amazing and gives this listener a completely different view of these Brahmsian masterpieces. Add Anna Larsson – Abbado’s favourite alto – Johan Reuter, and the Swedish Radio Choir, and what you get is a very, very strong team indeed. Renowned for his creativity and innovation in programming, the excitement of his live performances and an extensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings, Thomas Dausgaard has been the chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra since 1997, and in 2016 took up the same position with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He is also set to become the music director of the Seattle Symphony in 2019.

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Rued Langgaard – The Symphonies – Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard (2009) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Rued Langgaard – The Symphonies – Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 06:59:45 minutes | 8,16 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Dacapo-Records.dk | Booklet, Front Cover | © Dacapo Records
Recorded: Danish Radio Concert Hall, August 1998 – June 2008

With his symphonies the Danish composer Rued Langgaard offered 16 vastly different versions of what a symphony can be. His captivating, complex genius made room for all conceivable idioms and a wealth of styles ranging from the grandiosely Late Romantic to the purest Absurdism. This box is the first collected recording of Langgaard’s 16 symphonies based on the critical edition of the scores; recordings which demonstrate, with spectacular sound quality, Langgaards masterly grasp of the orchestra and his ecstatic view of art: “Mr. Dausgaard’s keen advocacy elicits polished, persuasive accounts that live up to Langgaard’s motto: ‘Long Live Beauty'”, wrote The New York Times.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathetique’ – Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathetique’ – Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:21 minutes | 969 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS Records
Recorded: September 2011 at the Örebro Concert Hall, Sweden

These two works from either end of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s career are linked by their tragic endings – the Sixth Symphony with its concluding Adagio lamentoso descending into the deep and gloomy catacombs of a low string sound, and the ‘Fantasy Overture’ Romeo and Juliet closing with a funeral march. Both of them much-loved staples in the concert halls of the world, they appear here in ‘Opening Doors’ – the series conceived by Thomas Dausgaard and his Swedish Chamber Orchestra in order to provide the opportunity of hearing large-scale Romantic symphonic works in a new way, with the clarity that a chamber orchestra can offer. Begun in 2006, the Opening Doors project includes a full cycle of Schumann’s symphonies (‘the most perceptive Schumann cycle in over three decades’, International Record Review), Dvořák’s ‘New World Symphony’ (‘yet another orchestral gem’, klassik.com), and Symphony No. 2 by Bruckner (‘perfectly paced and balanced – and the small orchestra is all to the good in making Bruckner’s stark originality clear’, BBC Music Magazine). These are now joined by Tchaikovsky’s last symphony – completed only a couple of months before the composer’s death in 1893 – a work which to many is the archetype of a true Romantic symphony.

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Felix Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Felix Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:06 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Digital Booklet | © BIS Records
Recorded: September 2014 at the Concert Hall of the School of Music, Theatre and Art, Örebro, Sweden

Following a series of acclaimed recordings of 19th-century music including complete cycles of the symphonies by Schubert and Schumann, Thomas Dausgaard and his Swedish Chamber Orchestra turn to Felix Mendelssohn. The team’s latest offering unites three of the composer’s four celebrated concert overtures, written between 1826 and 1835 and setting new standards for this emerging genre: Mendelssohn’s overtures are also tone poems, combining a Classical conception with Romantic expressivity. The earliest of the three – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mendelssohn composed at the age of seventeen, and his sister Fanny later remarked how Shakespeare’s play had been a constant presence at their home, and ‘how at various ages we had read all the different roles, from Peaseblossom to Hermia and Helena…’ The overture immediately became one of Mendelssohn’s signature pieces, and seventeen years later he returned to it, composing additional incidental music for a stage production of the play. Written for soloists, women’s choir and orchestra, the complete Midsummer Night score is included here. The disc opens with the last of the four overtures to be composed, however: The Fair Melusine, which Mendelssohn wrote after having heard an opera based on the old French tale of the water spirit Mélusine and her sad fate. Actively disliking the opera, Mendelssohn was provoked into his own musical setting of the subject matter in the form of a concert overture. Water – and its depiction in music – also plays an important role in The Hebrides, the closing work on the present recording. Inspired by the poems by Ossian – which captured the imagination of an entire generation at the beginning of the Romantic era – Mendelssohn visited Scotland and the Hebrides in 1829, and already during this trip he sent a postcard to his family, with the overture’s famous opening written down in a four-part setting.

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