Bo Holten's new opera The Visit of the Royal Physician was a great success with both audience and reviewers at the premiere in 2009. It is a tragic love story from one of the most dramatic periods in the history of Denmark, when new ideas almost overturned the social order. It is the 1770s, and the young, idealistic doctor Struensee dreams of creating a new and better world. He is given the chance to put his ideas into practice when, almost by coincidence, he becomes royal physician to the insane King Christian VII. Soon he is also the lover of the young Queen Caroline Mathilde. The result is a disaster for all those involved while the old order is allowed to endure. The Visit of the Royal Physician is based on the best-selling novel by Per Olov Enquist. The performance was recorded at the Opera in Copenhagen and is conducted by the composer.
A religious mystery opera. A magnificent doomsday vision. A full length nightmare.
Dacapo' Records' very first opera DVD features Rued Langgaard's powerful vision of the coming of Antikrist in the spectacular co-production with the Royal Danish Opera and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) from 2002. No punches are pulled as the composer's breathtaking revelation unfolds with its intriguing allegorical characters and its powerful statement about the moral decay of modern society.
Dacapo's CD recording of all Carl Nielsen's symphonies by the Danish National Symhpony Orchestra/DR conducted by Michael Schønwandt has already established itself as a reference recording on the international classical CD market. Now the same outstanding interpretation of all six symphonies can be experienced on video with new opportunities for in-depth study of the music and a stimulating 60-minute documentary that offers new perspectives on Denmark's national composer.
This production of Carl Nielsen's treasured opera Maskarade bears witness to the spectacular 2006 staging at the Royal Danish Opera by top director Kasper Bech Holten and chief conductor Michael Schonwandt. The immortal story of old Jeronimus versus the young rebels is given new life in impressive surroundings while still continuing the proud traditions of the Royal Danish Opera, featuring the strongest Maskarade cast in living memory.
- Introduction to Maskarade
- The Making of Maskarade
The video presents a spectacular new production of Carl Nielsen dramatic debut opera, Saul and David from 1901 - a production marking the Royal Danish Theatre's celebration of the composer's 150th anniversary in 2015. The story of King Saul, bitterly jealous of young David, who won the favour of the people by defeating the giant Goliath, is stage in a highly original fashion by acclaimed English director and Nielsen enthusiast David Pountney, who updates the Biblical story to our own time, lending it psychological and political undertones. The performance is conducted by Nielsen expert Michael Schonwandt and presents an array of Denmark's leading singers with Johan Reuter in the demanding title role.
On This Planet is a journey through life from birth to death. But it is no ordinary journey. It has been set to text and music by the composer Anders Nordentoft, and it is performed by the musician Thomas Sandberg; on stage Martin Tulinius has created a unique unity of video, computer graphics, sound and light – just as the music mixes different genres. Anders Nordentoft's past as a rock musician is combined with his classical training in a brand new musical universe where the concept of crossover is no longer adequate as a label.
Thomas Sandberg is well known in Scandinavia as an unusual mixture of performance artist, percussionist, clown and sound artist. Together with Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen he creates a symbiosis of the human voice and instrumental sound where texts by Anders Nordentoft and the West Indian poet Derek Walcott meet. With On This Planet we enter the same universe as Twin Peaks and Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom, where anything can happen and nothing is what it seems. This suspense-filled universe is given musical nerve by Anders Nordentoft in a mixture of rock, jazz, blues and modern music. There are no borders On This Planet. Anything can happen.
- From music paper to orchestra - Documentary on Anders...
The staging of the Danish composer Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen's opera The Picture of Dorian Gray (2013) is one of Den Jyske Opera's (Danish National Opera) bravest ventures in recent years. A choreographed opera with no singers on stage - based on Oscar Wilde's most controversial novel. Like Wilde's novel, Agerfeldt Olesen's opera balances between reality and dream or imagination. Consequently, both sounds from the world of yesterday and outbreaks of the musical genre are present in Agerfeldt Olesen's score, though primarily expressing the composer's own distinctive sound. The prizewinning Swedish choreographer Marie Brolin-Tani has conceived the choreography seen on the opera stage as a strong sensual interpretation of the actions and conflicts of the drama.
The special chemistry between the Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra stems from one of the most outstanding artistic partnerships in the music life of Scandinavia. Blomstedt was the very first chief conductor of the Danish orchestra and is today its honorary conductor - and the partnership is now in its seventh decade!
This video celebrates Herbert Blomstedt's profound insight into the symphonic worlds of Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner , unfolding in Denmark's historic Roskilde Cathedral. Blomstedt's dream of conducting in this dazzling acoustic came true at a memorable concert in 2007, now made available for fans of the conductor and his Danish orchestra to enjoy worldwide.