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Through the Looking Glass - works by Poul Ruders, Per Nørgård, Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen / Alpha Ens.

Album Summary

>Ruders, Poul : Star-Prelude and Love Fugue, for piano
>Norgård, Per : Heyday's Night, for recorder, cello & harpsichord
>Abrahamsen, Hans : Flowersongs, for 3 recorders
>Abrahamsen, Hans : Schnee
>Sorensen, Bent : Looking on Darkness, for accordion
>Ruders, Poul : Carnival, for alto flute & bongos
>Norgård, Per : Isternia, for cimbalon (or marimba)
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Notes & Reviews:

  • Denmark's four leading composers have allowed the experimental trio Alpha to take their music 'behind the looking glass' and let their works re-emerge in the trio's very own sound world.
  • Alpha is a classical ensemble devoted to commissioning pieces, improvising, playing the world's folk music, diving into electro-acoustic music, electronica and medieval music as well as composing themselves.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
From one collection of new recorder music to another, the Alpha Trio's Through the Looking Glass is a set of short works and excerpts arranged by the members of the trio for recorder, saxophone, and percussion. These pieces are by four of the most prominent contemporary Danish composers and span nearly four decades. The Alpha Trio has done an exemplary job in this music, transforming it and delivering it in their own voices while staying true to what made the originals great. This record makes a fine addition to any collection of new chamber music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Horsholm Church, Denmark (2009-12-??&2010-05-??&2011-).



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Works Details

>Ruders, Poul : Star-Prelude and Love Fugue, for piano
  • Ensemble: Alpha (Ensemble)
  • Notes: Horsholm Church, Denmark (2009-12-??&2010-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 02/1990

>Norgård, Per : Heyday's Night, for recorder, cello & harpsichord
  • Ensemble: Alpha (Ensemble)
  • Notes: Horsholm Church, Denmark (2009-12-??&2010-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980-1981

>Abrahamsen, Hans : Flowersongs, for 3 recorders
  • Ensemble: Alpha (Ensemble)
  • Notes: Horsholm Church, Denmark (2009-12-??&2010-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Abrahamsen, Hans : Schnee :: Canon 2a (Lustig spielend, aber nicht zu lustig, immer ein biáchen melancholisch)
  • Ensemble: Alpha (Ensemble)
  • Notes: Horsholm Church, Denmark (2009-12-??&2010-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006-2008

>Sorensen, Bent : Looking on Darkness, for accordion
  • Ensemble: Alpha (Ensemble)
  • Notes: Horsholm Church, Denmark (2009-12-??&2010-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ruders, Poul : Carnival, for alto flute & bongos
  • Ensemble: Alpha (Ensemble)
  • Notes: Horsholm Church, Denmark (2009-12-??&2010-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Norgård, Per : Isternia, for cimbalon (or marimba)
  • Ensemble: Alpha (Ensemble)
  • Notes: Horsholm Church, Denmark (2009-12-??&2010-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979