Album release and concert · Jesper Koch

On Friday 25 June, a new album is being released, presenting the first recording of Jesper Koch’s Korbogen (Choirbook), recorded by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble conducted by Flemming Windekilde and released at Dacapo Records.

Korbogen by Jesper Koch is a suite for a capella choir in seven chapters, each with its own title and distinctive identity. The pieces have been written to poems by Frank Kjørup and are strongly influenced by the Danish-Nordic choral tradition.

Jesper Koch's large-scale choral work is characterised by sincerity and a feeling of timelessness. The music is complex, yet melodious, concise and transparent: "When I write purely melodically, nothing must stand in the way of clarity. So everything superfluous is stripped away", says Jesper Koch.

Both Jesper Koch and the poet Frank Kjørup have been strongly inspired by the natural beauty of the area around Dronningmølle at Sjælland’s north coast, and the strange heather landscape called Rusland. 

Korbogen relates to the nature that surrounds and influences us as human beings, but also to the culture that shapes us. The work represents a continuation of a long Danish song tradition that makes up a more or less conscious part of Jesper Koch’s musical language and cultural DNA.

Concert and radio broadcast
The Danish National Vocal Ensemble will perform an excerpt from Korbogen at two summer concerts on 24 and 25 June in Trinitatis Kirke in Copenhagen. After the concert on 24 June, Dacapo will host a reception to celebrate the new release. The concert will subsequently be transmitted on DR P2.