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Poul Rovsing Olsen: Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works

Christina Bjørkøe, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Bo Holten

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Variations Symphoniques, Op.27
Poul Rovsing Olsen; Odense Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
Concerto pour Piano et Orchestre, Op. 31  
I. Maestoso
Poul Rovsing Olsen; Christina Bjørkøe; Odense Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
II. Larghetto
Poul Rovsing Olsen; Christina Bjørkøe; Odense Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
III. Allegro
Poul Rovsing Olsen; Christina Bjørkøe; Odense Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
Au fond de la nuit (In the Depth of the Night), Op. 61  
I. L'espace
Poul Rovsing Olsen; Odense Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
II. Bételgeuse
Poul Rovsing Olsen; Odense Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
III. L'astre mort
Poul Rovsing Olsen; Odense Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
IV. Retour
Poul Rovsing Olsen; Odense Symphony Orchestra; Bo Holten
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    57:56
"... the three works could not have more solid performances than they find here. It is obvious that not only are the players committed, more importantly they love this music. And love this music you will too after hearing these performances. All I can say is grab it, sit back and close your eyes when listening: the music will do the rest."
- Fanfare

"... (Bjørkøe) handles the wide changes of tempo and mood in the Piano Concerto with great aplomb and subtlety. Bo Holten needs little introduction as a conductor of Danish and other music. His ability to build a performance from beginning to end and to differentiate subtle changes of mood serves Olsen's music well ... will serve as a useful introduction to the composer's works."
- MusicWeb International

This world premiere recording of Danish composer Poul Rovsing Olsen's dazzling Concerto pour Piano et Orchestre spotlights pianist Christina Bjørkøe, accompanied by the Odense Symphony Orchestra under conductor Bo Holten. Olsen's background was in the Danish-French tradition; his music is typified by clear-cut rhythms, expressive melody lines and colourful tonal effects. The album also contains two other major orchestral works by Olsen, the Variations Symphoniques and Au fond de la nuit.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Dacapo Studio Masters

Recorded at Odense Concert Hall 31 January-3 February 2011
Recording producer: Morten Mogensen
Sound engineer: Claus Byrith
Liner notes: Teresa Waskowska English translation: James Manley Proofreader: Svend Ravnkilde
Photo p 4: © Zofia Kruszona
Photo p 11: © Eva Sommestad Holten Photo p 17: © Tove Kurzweil
Artwork: Denise Burt, Elevator Design
Publishers: edition-s (Variations symphoniques, Concerto) and edition Moeck (Au fond de la nuit)

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