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Anders Koppel: Concertos for Tuba; Flute & Harp; Concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet & Bassoon

> Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet and Bassoon - I. Andante grazioso
> Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet and Bassoon - II. Largo
> Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet and Bassoon - III. Allegro appassionato
> Concerto for Flute and Harp (revised version) - I. Intrada: Larghetto
> Concerto for Flute and Harp (revised version) - II. Pastorale: Allegro ma non troppo
> Concerto for Flute and Harp (revised version) - III. Intermezzo: Allegro
> Concerto for Flute and Harp (revised version) - IV. Elegia: Largo
> Concerto for Flute and Harp (revised version) - V. Finale: Con moto
> Tuba Concerto - I. Moderato
> Tuba Concerto - II. Andante misterioso
> Tuba Concerto - III. Lento - Allegro assai

Album Summary

>Koppel, Anders : Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola, clarinet, bassoon & orchestra
>Koppel, Anders : Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra
>Koppel, Anders : Tuba Concerto
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With one foot firmly planted in the classical European musical tradition and the other in world music, rock and jazz, Anders Koppel's career as a composer can be seen as one long continuous mission to unite these cultures in a contemporary musical idiom. "Anders Koppel's music is superbly crafted, colourful, often beautiful and at times rather gripping..." - Musicweb International

Catholic News Agency
These works are playful, good-humored - even humorous - lyrical, rhythmically diverse and catchy, using whatever idiom or genre that [Koppel] seems to take a fancy to at any given moment. In other words, he captures the spirit of spontaneity. Without failure, the musical textures are beguiling. This is highly entertaining, very engaging music.

MusicWeb International
The performances are outstanding as is the audio dimension and the notes by Esben Tange are models of their sort. Wonderful music-making. I hope to hear further from this Koppel and would not be at all upset to be invited to review more by this gifted artist.

Gramophone
beautifully performed, admirably recorded works...

American Record Guide
Mattias Johansson... makes a compact sound that is satisfactory in the middle and upper registers... ... lovely melodies and duets

ClassicsToday.com
Lastly, the Tuba Concerto is another case where Koppel's music suits our expectations of an instrument's "character". This tuba is a pleasant, portly, if somewhat befuddled fellow (the "Otis" character from the 1978 Superman movie, uncannily portrayed in music by John Williams, comes immediately to mind). Again, it's not all happy hijinks as Koppel puts the tuba through its paces with some tension-filled passages (which Mattias Johansson handles with aplomb), but all's well by the sparkling conclusion. Conductor Matthias Aeschbacher (Koppel's friend, and dedicatee of the Sinfonia Concertante) leads the Aalborg Symphony in vibrant performances of all three works. Dacapo's recording presents it all in solid, engaging sound. A high priority disc.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/22/2009-06/26/2009); Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/22/2010-06/24/2010).



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Works Details

>Koppel, Anders : Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola, clarinet, bassoon & orchestra
  • Performers: Sheila Popkin (Bassoon); Yana Deshkova (Violin); Anna Dahl (Viola); Randi Ostergaard (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Matthias Aeschbacher
  • Ensemble: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/22/2009-06/26/2009); Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/22/2010-06/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Koppel, Anders : Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra
  • Performer: Mette Nielsen (Harp)
  • Conductor: Matthias Aeschbacher
  • Ensemble: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/22/2009-06/26/2009); Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/22/2010-06/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Koppel, Anders : Tuba Concerto
  • Performer: Ettrup Larsen (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Matthias Aeschbacher
  • Ensemble: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/22/2009-06/26/2009); Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/22/2010-06/24/2010)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2003