Photo: Susanne Hvidtfelt Hansen
The release of the album Ophelia Dances marks Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen's 60th birthday in 2018, which has also been celebrated with portrait concerts through the year. The album is recorded by Århus Sinfonietta, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen.
The composer himself is the soloist in the organ concerto Toccata (2014).
In the booklet of the CD Andrew Mellor writes:
"The score is modelled on the organ works of the composer’s Danish predecessors Dietrich Buxtehude and Carl Nielsen. Specifically, in the case of Nielsen, it takes its lead from the organ monolith Commotio. In the simplest terms, that might be taken to describe its opening: a Big Bang from which the music immediately fragments before beginning the process of assembling itself once again."
Look through the score of Toccata here.
Cover art by Denise Burt
The release concert takes place in Mariendal Church, 12 December 19:30 where Bjarke Mogensen will perform a solo version of the Ophelia Dances, and Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen will perform the solo version of Toccata.
Admission for the concert is free and after the concert Dacapo Records serves a glass of wine.
Read more here.