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DET VAR EN AFTEN PAA TIVOLI 
LIVE AT THE TIVOLI CONCERT HALL

CLASSCD 455
One enchanted springtime evening – in fact on April 11th, the 2001 opening day of the Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens – Royal Danish Brass were privileged to have the phenomenal Tivoli Concert Hall at our disposal for a musical event in the popular style. (more.....)


British Brass Connection
Music from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England
RCD 8358



Fredensborg Fantasier
Musik til Kongelige og Adelige - Music for Royalty and Noblemen
værker af/works by: Adson, Andresen, Byrd, Helweg, Holten, Händel, Lewkovitch, Locke, Mozart, Praetorius, Tjajkovskij, Wagner
CLASSCD 347

Bernhard Lewkovitch
Kontrapunkt 32309
SIX PARTITAS FOR BRASS
dedicated to Royal Danish Brass (1988)
TWELVE CHORALES FOR BRASS
dedicated to Royal Danish Brass (1986/1999)

Odysseus
for soloists, choir, trombones and percusion
Music: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Nikolaj Nørlund
Text - lyrics: Naja Marie Aidt
CLASSCD 271

Cascade
- was inspired by the re-opening of 'Det Kriegerske Kaskade Anlæg' at Frederiksborg Castle. The first performance took place on the day of the opening ceremony, June the 5th 1996.

RCD 8352


BrassAbility
RCD 8344
On this recording the ensemble reveals the possibilities and potential which are to be found in both the instruments and musicians in various styles such as renaissance, baroque, modernism, jazz, rock and pure entertainment.

Band Solos
Royal Danish Brass and Danish Concert Band
conductor: Jørgen Misser Jensen
RCD 8324


Masterpieces for Brass vol. I
Mainly music from the old Tivoli Bandstand. H.C. Lumbye, C.C. Møller, Emilio Wilhelm Ramsöe, J.F. Fröhlich, Hans Peter Nielsen and Georg Lohmann.
RCD 8322


Masterpieces for Brass vol. II & Encores!

RCD 8333



Bronze & Brass
- from the Danish Past and Present
RCD 8366


 
DET VAR EN AFTEN PAA TIVOLI 
LIVE AT THE TIVOLI CONCERT HALL

Executive producer
Peter Olufsen
Engineering
Torben Krogh

Editing and mastering
Morten Mogensen

Idea, conception and notes
Keld Jørgensen

English translation
Asger Berg

Front cover and graphic design
Carsten Lundh

CLASSCD 455


One enchanted springtime evening – in fact on April 11th, the 2001 opening day of the Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens – Royal Danish Brass were privileged to have the phenomenal Tivoli Concert Hall at our disposal for a musical event in the popular style. Fortunately, we remembered to ask Mr Torben Krogh, our loyal sound engineer and friend (in charge of sound documentation throughout the years), to join us and participate with a pair of sensitive ears, a couple of microphones, and a tape recorder. The result of his efforts is on this record.

With gentle skill and good taste, Mr Morten Mogensen has edited the material, which might seem a bit too ”lively” now and then, but which, on the other hand, reflects the fortunate circumstances – ie a large and enthusiastic audience – in its unpretentious and sparkling joy of playing, something which is impossible to catch or achieve in a conventional studio recording.

All the pieces on the repertoire were composed, arranged and/or adapted by Mogens Andresen, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen.

A large number of the ensemble musicians appear as soloists. First, the trumpeters: Jonas Wiik shows dexterity, finesse, and charm when playing the little piccolo trumpet in Marin Marais’ Le Basque. Nikolaj Viltoft masters the large, chubby flugel horn in Ulrik Neumann’s lyrical Kärleksvals (Love Waltz), and Lars Ranch’s convincing virtuosity is displayed in the virtuoso piece above all virtuoso pieces, the variations on Carnival in Venice. And with the tuba player Jens Bjørn-Larsen’s interpretation of Vittorio Monti’s Czardas, new benchmarks are set for that big brass instrument as a solo instrument.

Now and then, musicians rise to improvise a solo. In the Elephant Medley, we hear Kasper Thaarup on the alto trombone, Mogens Andresen on the euphonium, Nikolaj Viltoft on the flugel horn, and the French horn players Henning Due Hansen and Lasse Mauritzen as elephant imitators in a class by themselves.

In the opening of Joseph Zawinul’s Birdland, the drummers and percussionists Per Jensen and Jakob Weber Egholm, on the timbales and drum set respectively, deliver a presentation which inspires everybody and lasts all the way through the number, with Kasper Thaarup leading the way with a solo on the alto trombone, followed by Mogens Andresen on the euphonium, and again, Nikolaj Viltoft on the flugel horn.

The Three Russian Pieces for Brass Band were originally arranged for the Royal Theatre’s version of Anton Chekhov’s play ’Three Sisters’ back in the 1980s. The two marches and the waltz have a melancholy mood and romantic tone which seem authentic Russian, and which could most certainly have been part of the base repertoire of the Regimental Band of some small garrison town near Saint Petersburg at the end of the 19th century.

The nine variations on the folk song Poul sine høns i haven lod flyve are a sequence of short musical vignettes describing a journey, or just some outings, in time and space, and in different styles.

A concert with Royal Danish Brass in the Tivoli Concert Hall cannot be launched without Strauss and Lumbye. Therefore, you will find both Radetzky March, Salute for August Bournonville and Champagne Gallop in the coloured, almost variegated bouquet of musical pieces which opened the 2001 season in the Tivoli Concert Hall.


1. Radetzky March (1848) op. 228 - Johann Strauß
2. Amelie Vals - H. C. Lumbye
3. Kongens Lyngby March (1999) - Mogens Andresen
4. Le Basque - Marin Marais
solist: Jonas Wiik, piccolotrompet
5. Kärleksvals - Ulrik Neumann
solist: Nikolaj Viltoft, flügelhorn
6. Karneval i Venedig - Del Staigers
solist: Lars Ranch, trompet
7. Intrada Chaconne (2000) - Mogens Andresen
Tre Russiske stykker for Hornorkester
- Anonym/Mogens Andresen
8. Hurtigmarch
9. Koncertvals
10. Parademarch
11. Czardas - V. Monti
solist: Jens Bjørn-Larsen, tuba
12. Elephant Medley - Mogens Andresen
13. Poul sine høns (1991) - Mogens Andresen
Urfassung, Sir Chickendale’s Galliard, Hühnen Fuge, Eine Kleine Hennenmusik, Polonaisa Kurisjnaja, Niebelungens Hønsering, Pasodoble de las Gallinas, Chicken Rag, Det Esrum-Hellerupske Hønsekonglomerat, Rock Around The Pop Cock Clock
14. Salut for August Bournonville - H. C. Lumbye
15. Champagne Galop - H. C. Lumbye
16. Birdland - Joseph Zawinul

Total playing time: 60:11


Musicians:

Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Rikke Øland, eb-trumpet
Lars Ranch, trumpet
Michael Frank Møller, cornet
Nikolaj Viltoft, cornet, flugelhorn
Henning Hansen, French horn
Lasse Mauritzen, French horn
Kasper Thaarup, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Lars Hastrup, bass trombone
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, tuba
Per Jensen, percussion
Jakob Weber Egholm, percussion

British Brass Connection -

RCD 8358


Credit list

Producer
Royal Danish Brass
Executive producer
Ole Høglund
Engineering
Claus Byrith
Editing/Mastering
Claus Byrith
Notes
Keld Jørgensen
Translation
Gwyn Hodgson
Front Cover and Art Work
Carsten Lundh
Lay-out
Carsten Lundh
Drawing
Mogens Andresen


There has always been a close and profitable connection between the musical life of Denmark and England since the renaissance, the time of Christian IV. Since 1977 Royal Danish Brass has been a part of this connection. Helped especially by the Danish Cultural Institute in Edinburgh, Royal Danish Brass has made several inspiring concert tours in Great Britain and Ireland, during which strong ties, both musically and socially, have been made across the North Sea.

The contents of this disc cover a period ranging from the 16th century, the time of Henry VIII, to the present century. Henry VIII's "PASTIME WITH GOOD COMPANY" is here heard in a completely new and objective arrangement by Mogens Andresen, while the Irish composer Brian Boydell's "VIKING LIP-MUSIC", opus 91 was composed in 1996, commissioned by Music Network, Dublin and dedicated to Royal Danish Brass. It was performed for the first time in Drogheda, Ireland, on 5th November 1996, in Denmark on 5th January 1997 at Nødebo Kro. Between these extremities of time there is a diversity of genres and styles, including a melancholy piece by John Dowland, solemn funeral music by Henry Purcell, a stately homage to The Earl of Oxford, a virtuoso arrangement and performance of a theme by Handel, Scottish folk music on the cornett, the BBC's signature tune from the short-wave broadcasts to Denmark during the Second World War, Benjamin Britten's fanfare for three trumpets written in 1959, a musical depiction of a Roman road in Wales, a charming romantic movement by Edward Elgar, a musical miniature by Raymond Premru and a tuneful ballad by Paul McCartney.

Most of the music was recorded in Ravnsbjerg Church in Viby, Århus, and for this we are greatly indebted to the organist, Asger Troelsen. We should also like to thank Claus Byrith, who with wizardry and expertise has taken care of the technical side of the recording and done the editing with considerable mastery.

Nødebo April 1997 - Keld Jørgensen



1. PROLOGUE from Serenade for Tenor Solo, (natural)Horn and Strings, op.31, 1943
Benjamin Britten
1913-1976

The hornist Henning Hansen begins and concludes this recording with a musical vignette by the greatest British composer of this century, Benjamin Britten. The Prologue and later the Epilogue are performed on the natural horn, which although simple in construction is technically hard to play. In the score Britten requests the soloist not to correct the natural, "out-of-tune" notes, but to play them just as they are, so that they sound exactly as they are produced, so to speak.

Soloist: Henning Hansen, natural horn


2. MUSIC for Queen Mary II
Henry Purcell 1658-1695
arr. Mogens Andresen

These four movements were composed for the funeral of Queen Mary II in 1694. The Funeral March was performed on so-called flat trumpets, a kind of slide trumpet, and kettledrums. The march was played during the procession leading Queen Mary's bier to Westminster Abbey. The Anthem was sung in the cathedral by the choir accompanied by cornetts and sackbuts. In the Canzona Purcell again called for cornetts and sackbuts, and in the final movement, March, all the musicians joined forces in a splendid display of sonorities.

Musicians: Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet - Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet - Niels Vind, cornet - Thomas Jensen, cornet - Henning Hansen, French horn - Piet Castillo, French horn - Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone - Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone - Jan Mortensen, bass trombone - Mogens Andresen, euphonium - Jens Bjørn Larsen, bass tuba - Søren Monrad, timpani - Per Jensen, percussion


3. SEMPER DOWLAND SEMPER DOLENS John Dowland 1563-1626 arr. Mogens Andresen

The title of this pavane could just as well be: "The Ever Melancholy Dowland". It is in five parts and on this recording is performed by two trumpets and three trombones. John Dowland was born in Dublin and moved to London at the early age of 15. In the years which followed he lived in Paris (1580-84), later returning to England and gaining a Master of Arts degree at Oxford in 1588, the same year as Christian IV was enthroned in Denmark at the age of 11. Subsequently Dowland continued his travels, visiting Germany and Italy. He gained a doctorate at Cambridge in 1597.

From 1598 to 1606 Dowland was employed at Christian IV's court in Denmark as a singer, lutenist, composer and conductor of the court musicians.

Musicians: Niels Vind, trumpet - Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet - Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone - Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone - Jan Mortensen, bass trombone


4. THE PAGE's MASQUE Anonymous c. 1600 arr. Mogens Andresen

A Masque was part and parcel of court entertainment in the renaissance. It could be a kind of entr'acte music in a play. When this was the case it was not just the actors and players who took part in the dancing, the audience also joined in, thereby momentarily becoming part of the dramatic entertainment.

Musicians: Henning Hansen, French horn - Keld Jørgensen, trombone - Mogens Andresen, euphonium


5. PASTIME WITH GOOD COMPANY Henry VIII 1491-1547 arr. Mogens Andresen

This piece has been attributed, no doubt correctly, to Henry VIII of England. This arrangement by Mogens Andresen, in which he exploits the instrumental colours of the ensemble with great panache, suggests a solemn procession. It is highly unlikely that in heaven, or wherever it is he now rests, good King Henry will be able to recognize his melody in this attire.

Musicians: Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet - Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet - Niels Vind, cornet - Thomas Jensen, flugelhorn, cornet - Henning Hansen, French horn - Piet Castillo, French horn - Ola Nilsson, French horn - Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone - Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone - Jan Mortensen, bass trombone - Lars Haugaard, baritone horn - Mogens Andresen, euphonium - Jens Bjørn Larsen, bass tuba - Søren Monrad, percussion - Per Jensen, percussion


6. TRUMPET VOLUNTARY Jeremiah Clarke 1673-1707 arr. Mogens Andresen

During the baroque era in England, the description or term Voluntary referred to an organ piece in trumpet style. Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary was however a genuine trumpet piece originally written for the valveless natural trumpet. The piece was dedicated to Jørgen, the Prince of Denmark, hence the often-used title "Prince Jørgen's March" or "The Prince of Denmark's March". Prince Jørgen was the brother of the Danish King Christian V. Trumpet Voluntary became a very well-known and much-loved signature tune during the Second World War when the BBC broadcast the news on short wave to German-occupied Denmark.

Soloist: Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet

Musicians: Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet - Niels Vind, cornet - Thomas Jensen, cornet - Henning Hansen, French horn - Ola Nilsson, French horn - Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone - Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone - Jan Mortensen, bass trombone - Mogens Andresen, euphonium - Carl Boye, bass tuba - Søren Monrad, timpani - Per Jensen, percussion


7. THE EARLE OF OXFORD's MARCH William Byrd 1543-1623 arr. Elgar Howarth

This imposing march is from My Lady Nevell's Book, a collection dating from 1691. Here it bears the title March before the Battle and is intended to be played on the virginal or spinet. In this version, arranged by the trumpeter, composer and later conductor Edgar Howarth, leading member of the pioneering ensemble, The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, in the 70s, the march is indeed a magnificent and impressive work.

Musicians: Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet - Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet - Niels Vind, cornet - Thomas Jensen, cornet - Henning Hansen, French horn - Piet Castillo, French horn - Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone - Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone - Jan Mortensen, bass trombone - Mogens Andresen, euphonium - Jens Bjørn Larsen, bass tuba - Søren Monrad, percussion - Per Jensen, percussion


8. THE HARMONIOUS BLACKSMITH Georg Friedrich Händel/J. Ord Hume arr. Mogens Andresen

Handel's rôle in or responsibility for this piece is limited to having composed the theme or melody. The idea of creating a piece like this à la Tema con Variazioni stems from the English composer and arranger J. Ord Hume, but the present arrangement is by Mogens Andresen, who has recomposed, arranged and orchestrated the work. He himself performs the virtuoso solo part on the euphonium.

Soloist: Mogens Andresen, euphonium

Musicians: Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet - Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet - Niels Vind, cornet - John Frederiksen, cornet - Henning Hansen, French horn - Piet Castillo, French horn - Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone - Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone - Jan Mortensen, bass trombone - Jens Bjørn Larsen, bass tuba - Søren Monrad, percussion - Per Jensen, percussion


9. NIMROD from Enigma Variations, op. 36 Edward Elgar 1857-1934 arr. Mogens Andresen

The Enigma Variations was the work which finally established Elgar's position as England's great or simply greatest late-romantic composer. It was composed in 1898 and performed for the first time in London in the same year. All the movements or variations bear unusual titles, virtually in code form, and are dedicated to people in Elgar's circle of acquaintances. The variation Nimrod is dedicated to the music publisher A. J. Jaeger and was composed the day after Elgar and Jaeger had been examining and discussing the slow movements of Beethoven's string quartets.

Musicians: Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet - Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet - Niels Vind, cornet - Thomas Jensen, flugel horn - Henning Hansen, French horn - Piet Castillo, French horn - Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone - Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone - Jan Mortensen, bass trombone - Mogens Andresen, euphonium - Jens Bjørn Larsen, bass tuba


10. AMAZING GRACE Anonymous arr. Mogens Andresen

The quite imperishable Scottish folk-tune, Amazing Grace, is here heard in a new version, where the melody begins softly on the cornett, a renaissance instrument, and continues on the modern but just as plaintive fluegelhorn. In Mogens Andresen's arrangement the harmonisation is somewhat surprising and different from what one is accustomed to hearing.

Soloists: Thomas Jensen, cornett, fluegel horn - Niels Vind, cornet - Per Jensen, side drum

Musicians: Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet - Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet - Henning Hansen, French horn - Piet Castillo, French horn - Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone - Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone - Jan Mortensen, bass trombone - Mogens Andresen, euphonium - Jens Bjørn-Larsen, bass tuba


11. FELICITY Raymond Premru 1934-1998

Raymond Premru was for many years bass trombonist of The Philharmonia, London, and ended his career as Professor at the Oberlin Conservatory and College of Music, Ohio, USA. He was also a composer with a large number of works to his credit. He is well known as the composer of such works for brass as Tissington Variations, Blues March, Quartet, Divertimento and Music from Harter Fell, all of these having been written specifically for The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble in which Premru also participated as bass trombone player. Felicity is a short romantic song for three trombones.

Musicians:

Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Jan Mortensen, bass trombone


12. WANDERLUST Paul McCartney *1942
arr. Mogens Andresen

The ballad Wanderlust by the former member of the Beatles Paul McCartney is one of Royal Danish Brass' encores and has often been presented as the final number at many concerts in Great Britain and Ireland.

Musicians:
Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Niels Vind, cornet
John Frederiksen, cornet
Henning Hansen, horn
Piet Castillo, horn
Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Jan Mortensen, bass trombone
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn Larsen, bass tuba
Søren Monrad, percussion
Per Jensen, percussion


13. FANFARE for St. Edmundsbury (1959) Benjamin Britten 1913 1976

Benjamin Britten was born at Lowestoft, East Anglia, in 1913 and died at Aldeburgh in 1976. This fanfare for three trumpets was written in 1959 for the Pageant of Magna Carta held in the grounds of Bury St. Edmunds Cathedral. The piece consists of three separate solo fanfares which are played attacca. The three fanfares are then played simultaneously, creating some surprising and quite unusual sound effects.

Musicians (in order of appearance):
Niels Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Niels Vind, trumpet
Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet


14. SARN HELEN (1964/1993) John Hearne *1937

Sarn Helen was originally written for string orchestra in 1963 64, when the composer was a student at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. In 1993 it was rescored for brass and percussion at the suggestion of the trumpeter and conductor Nigel Boddice.
"SARN HELEN" is an ancient Roman road in West Wales, just south of Aberystwyth. It crosses some wild and rugged country, and it is easy to imagine that the ghosts of the Roman legions still haunt these hills, trapped in the sullen rain clouds, mourning the sunny climes of their native land. For many of those Latin soldiers, it must have been an unwelcome and unhappy posting.

JOHN HEARNE was born in Reading, England in 1937, his parents having come from Wales. He studied at St. Luke's College, Exeter, and at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth where he gained a First Class Honours degree and a Masters degree. For a time in the late 1960s he taught music in Iceland and was lecturer in music at the Aberdeen College of Education from 1970 1987. John Hearne is now a free lance composer and his works include titles like Trumpet Concerto (for Nigel Boddice, 1991), Festival Fanfare (for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, 1991), Læatus Sum (for the William Byrd Singers, 1992), De Profundis (for the Aberdeen University, 1995), Bottom's Dream (for John Kenny and the Hebrides Ensemble, 1995), Ghostwatch (for brass quintet, 1995) and A Legend of Margaret (for St. Margaret's School, 1996).

Musicians:
Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Niels Vind, trumpet
John Frederiksen, trumpet
Henning Hansen, horn
Piet Castillo, horn
Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Jan Mortensen, bass trombone
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn Larsen, bass tuba
Søren Monrad, percussion
Per Jensen, percussion


(15. & 16. & 17.) VIKING LIP-MUSIC, op. 91, 1996 Brian Boydell 1917-2000

  • 1. Inauguration
  • 2. Come Sleep
  • 3. Savage Dance

Written for Royal Danish Brass and dedicated to them, this work received its first performance during their Irish tour in November 1996. Written in the same year, it is one of the composer's last works. Other late works include The Maiden and the Seven Devils for piano, published by the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, and his Adagio and Scherzo for string quartet which has been recorded on the Contemporary Music Centre's CD, Contemporary Music from Ireland, Vol. 1.
The composer has written the following about Viking Lip Music:

'I have always enjoyed the challenge of writing for unusual instruments or ensembles and welcomed the opportunity to write for the Royal Danish Brass which includes such instruments as the piccolo trumpet, alto trombone and euphonium for which I have not previously written. The title, referring to lip reed instruments, parallels the Mouth Music for Ten Voices which I wrote some years ago. The first movement, Inauguration, is in the nature of a fanfare, incorporating a chorale like episode, suggesting the inauguration of an important event. Come Sleep is based on a setting I wrote some years ago for a capella choir of a poem by John Fletcher. It evokes the heart felt pleading of the words:

Come, Sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving
Lock me in delight awhile;
Let some pleasing dreams beguile
All my fancies that from thence
There may steal an influence
All my powers of care bereaving.

Tho' but a shadow, but a sliding,
Let me know some little joy.
We that suffer long annoy
Are contented with a thought
Thro' an idle fancy wrought:
O let my joys have some abiding.

The title of the final Savage Dance, in quick six eight time with unexpected accents, is self explanatory; though there is a gentler 'female' episode contrasting with the agressive dissonances. I am told that the melody resembles (by pure coincidence) the call tune of Danish Radio: "Stil nu ind på de danske stationer" (Louis Preill).

On a personal note, I would wish to say that it is a great privilege for a composer to be so well served by the excellent performance by the Royal Danish Brass'.

Musicians:
Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Niels Vind, cornet
Thomas Jensen, cornet
John Frederiksen, cornet
Henning Hansen, French horn
Piet Castillo, French horn
Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Jan Mortensen, bass trombone
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn Larsen, bass tuba
Søren Monrad, percussion
Per Jensen, percussion

Brian Boydell was born in Dublin 1917 and educated at Cambridge University, the University of Heidelberg, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He was Professor of music at Trinity College, Dublin, from 1962 to 1982. He was (from 1982 to his death) a Fellow Emeritus of the college.

Brian Boydell was a founder member of the Music Association of Ireland and founder and director of the Dowland Consort. For more than twenty years he was a conductor of the Dublin Orchestral Players and has freqently been a guest conductor with the RTE Symphony Orchestra. For some years he was a member of the Arts Council. The many honours he has received include an Hon. DMus from the National University of Ireland, Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana, and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is also a member of Aosdána, Ireland's state sponsored academy of creative artists. His compositions, written for a wide variety of media, include four strings quartets, a violin concerto, orchestral, chamber and choral works.


18. EPILOGUE from Serenade for Tenor Solo, (natural)Horn and Strings, op.31 (1943) Benjamin Britten 1913-1976

The Epilogue by Benjamin Britten which rounds off this recording is identical with the Prologue, only it is played "backstage", far away from the listener and microphone.

Soloist:
Henning Hansen, natural horn


Fredensborg Fantasier
CLASSCD 347

Credit list
Producers: 
Morten Mogensen and Mogens Andresen
Executive producer:
Peter Olufsen
Engineering:
Torben Krogh and Morten Mogensen
Editing/Mastering:
Morten Mogensen
Idea, conception and notes:
Keld Jørgensen
Front cover, graphic design and graphic design:
Carsten Lundh


Fredensborg Fantasier

Commissioned by Fredensborg-Humlebæk Kommune and dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II on her 60th birthday April the 16th 2000.


Morgenlied
from the opera Lohengrin
Richard Wagner, 1813-1883

The Earle of Salisbury's Pavane
William Byrd, 1543-1623

Suite aus Terpsichore (1612) 
Michael Prætorius, 1571-1621

Three Courtly Masquing Ayres (1621) 
John Adson, 15??-1640

Music for King Charles II (1661)
Matthew Locke, 1621-1677

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Georg Friedrich Händel, 1685-1759

Arie - Königin der Nacht 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791

Kroningsmarch (1883) 
P.I. Tjajkovskij, 1849-1893


Fredensborg Fantasier - First performance in Fredensborg, May 12th 2000

  • 1. Historien - Energi! - Mogens Andresen, *1945
  • 2. Kirken - Vor Gud han er så fast en borg - partita
    Bernhard Lewkovitch, *1927
  • 3. Teatret - Jagten
    Paraphrase over the hunting motif
    from
    1st act of the ballet 'Et Folkesagn'
    Kim Helweg, *1956
  • 4. Fædrelandet - Three Variations on
    "I Danmark er jeg født" 
    Bo Holten, *1948


Kontrapunkt 32309

Bernhard Lewkovitch
- Works for Brass

  • Partita I
    Ach Gott vom Himmel
    Johann Walter (1496-1570):
    Gud Herren er min hyrde god, 
    from Johann Walter's song book 1524
  • Partita II
    Aus meinen lieben Gott
    Jacob Regnart (1540(?)-1599): Fryd dig du Kristi Brud, 
    from Jacob Regnart ‘Venus du und dein Kind’ 1576
  • Partita III
    Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich
    Nikolaus Herman (1485(?)-1561): Op alle, som på Jorden bor
    Nikolaus Herman: ‘Kommt her, Ihr lieben Schwesterlein’ 1554
  • Partita IV
    Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt
    Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630): Det livets ord vi bygger på 1628
  • Partita V 
    Ach, sagt mir nichts von Gold und Schätzen
    Johann Balthazar König (1691-1758): O, havde jeg dog tusind tunger 1738
  • Partita VI 
    Vom Himmel hoch
    Schumann: Fra himlen højt kom budskab her 1539


    12 Choräle

  1. Aus tiefer Not - Af dybsens nød
    Johann Walter 1524
  2. O Welt, ich muss dich lassen
    Gud efter dig jeg længes
    Heinrich Isaac c. 1500
  3. Jesu, meine Freude
    Gud skal alting mage
    Johann Crüger 1653
  4. Mein Seel, o Gott, muss loben dich
    Vor Herres Jesu mindefest
    Gesius 1603
  5. Mein G’müt ist mir verwirret
    Befal du dine veje
    Hans Leo Hassler 1601
  6. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele
    Jesus dine dybe vunder
    Genève 1551
  7. O, Lamm Gottes unschuldig
    O, du Guds lam uskyldig
    Erfurt 1542
  8. Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld
    Her ser jeg da et lam at gå
    Strassburg 1525
  9. Jesus, livets sol og glæde
    Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
    Johann Crüger 1649
  10. Det hellige kors, vor Herre han bar
    Thomissøn 1569
  11. Ak, Gud fra Himlen se herned
    Erfurt 1524
  12. Jesu, geh voran
    Slip os arme ej
    Darmstadt 1698


ODYSSEUS for soloists, chorus, trombones and percussion

Music: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Nikolaj Nørlund
Poems: Naja Marie Aidt

ODYSSEUS is a compilation of the music composed for the piece Blæs på Odysseus. The performances took place during the last two rainy weeks of August 1998 in front of Thorvaldsen's Museum in Copenhagen (a museum containing the works of the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)) in order to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the museum. The text of the play was by Sven Holm, the poems by Naja Marie Aidt, and Nikolaj Nørlund and I wrote the music. Nikolaj, who performed his own songs on stage, was a kind of new, young Odysseus, a traveller in the landscapes of the mind; I wrote the music for the play itself and some interludes acting as refrains, telling the story about the winds both wild and mild, which became so crucial to Odysseus.

Our intention was to create a dramatic piece both composed (!) and motley - in the same way as THE VOYAGE itself is also composed and motley. THE VOYAGE became the main theme of the drama. Thorvaldsen himself was away from home most of his life, more precisely in Rome. As Thorvaldsen often took his motives from ancient Greece, we found it only natural to turn to Odysseus, the traveller par excellence. But the Odyssey was only the springboard; the ancient stories about the hazardous travels of Odysseus dissolved and percolated through to us in the form of new visions, new scenes.

A VOYAGE is expectations, fulfillments, expansions of the mind, but also disapointments and want, ups and downs, happy encounters and less happy encounters. And certain situations may become momentous or frigthening - they did for Odysseus. It took him twenty years to make it back to his Penelope due mostly to THE WINDS who blew him so radically off course. For Odysseus the winds became a fundamental condition. In our case, the winds blew over the stageand the audience - through trombones placed high up in towers - from the NORTH and SOUTH and EAST and WEST.

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
English translation: Susanne Lange

- CLASSCD 271
Olufsen Records
Uraniavej 12
DK-1878 Frederiksberg C
FAX: +45 33 21 45 02

Musicians and singers:

Nikolaj Nørlund, vocal and guitar
Birgitte Frieboe, alto
Vocal group ARS NOVA

SeventySix trombones: ROYAL DANISH BRASS
Torbjörn Kroon
Lars Hastrup
Peter Zanchetta Jönsson
Lars Haugaard
Mogens Andresen
Ian Price

Percussion:
Jakob Weber Egholm
Tom Højlund Olsen

Conductor:
Frans Rasmussen

CASCADE RCD 8352

Credit list:
Producer:
Royal Danish Brass

Executive producer:
Ole Høglund

Engineering:
Torben Krogh

Editing/Mastering:
Claus Byrith (- except Vagn Holmboe, by Karin Jürgensen)

Notes:
Keld Jørgensen

Translation:
Gwyn Hodgson

Front Cover and Art Work:
Carsten Lundh

Lay-out:
Carsten Lundh/Benny Knebelov

CASCADE (1995)
Hanne Ørvad, *1945
SONATA per 4 tromboni
Giovanni Gabrieli, 1555-1612
SONATA PIAN'e FORTE (1597)
Giovanni Gabrieli
FANFARE I for solo trumpet
Bent Lorentzen, *1935
CANZONA per 4 tromboni
Biagio Marini, 1597-1655
SONATA nº 22
Johann Pezel, 1639-1694
SONATA für vier posaunen
Daniel Speer,  1625-?
FANFARE II for solo trumpet
Bent Lorentzen,  *1935
NOTATER  op. 140 for three trombones and tuba (1979)
Vagn Holmboe, 1909-1996
VIVE le ROI
Josquin Deprez, 1440-1521
VIVE le ROI
Bo Holten, *1948
QUINTET op. 79
Vagn Holmboe, 1909-1996
GOOD MORNING (1994)
Mogens Andresen, *1945
BrassAbility

RCD 8344 - RMC 8344
Recorded at Focus Recording Studio, Copenhagen
April 27 & 30 and June 18 & 19, 1993


Credit list:
Producers: Lars Haugaard and Holger Laumann
Executive producer: Ole Høglund
Engineering: Steen Sørensen
Editing/Mastering: Holm Editing Studio
Notes: Keld Jørgensen
Translation: Gwyn Hodgson
Front Cover: Leonardo da Vinci
Lay-out: Christian M. Olesen/Benny Knebelov
Design: Mogens Andresen

Musicians: BJARNE NIELSEN piccolo trumpet
NIELS-JØRN JESSEN trumpet, flugelhorn
NIELS VIND cornet, trumpet
JOHN FREDERIKSEN cornet, trumpet
HENNING HANSEN French horn
OLA NILSSON French horn
TORBJÖRN KROON alto trombone
KELD JØRGENSEN tenor trombone
JAN MORTENSEN bass trombone
MOGENS ANDRESEN euphonium
LARS HOLMGAARD tuba
SØREN MONRAD timpani, percussion
PER JENSEN percussion
On tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11 og 12 also:
ALLAN BENDSEN French horn
HANS ANDERSEN tuba

MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS (1749) 
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) arr. Mogens Andresen
Ouverture
La Paix 
La Rejouissance

GLEICHWIE DAS FEUER
Melchior Schildt (1592-1667) arr. Mogens Andresen

FUGA i g-mol, BWV 578 
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) arr. Mogens Andresen

SALUT FOR AUGUST BOURNONVILLE
Hans Christian Lumbye (1810-1874) arr. Mogens Andresen

HYLDNINGSMARCH
fra 'Sigurd Jorsalfar'
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) arr. Mogens Andresen

NAPOLI
Hermann Bellstedt jr. (1858-1926)
arr. Mogens Andresen Soloist: Niels Vind, cornet

DANSK-FÆRØSK FANFARE (1977/ rev. 1992/93)
dedicated to RDB 
Ole Schmidt *1928

INTERFERENCE - a poem for brass
(1988/rev. 1992) dedicated to RDB
Kim Helweg *1956

SONG FOR OLIVER (1992) dedicated to RDB
Holger Laumann *1942

BLACKBIRD
John Lennon (1940-80) & Paul McCartney *1942
arranger & soloist: Lars Holmgaard, tuba

OH, WHAT A DAY
Svend Asmussen *1916 arr. Mogens Andresen

BIRDLAND
Joseph Zawinul (1932)
arr. Lars Haugaard, Lars Holmgaard & Mogens Andresen

Band Solos, RCD 8324
Royal Danish Brass & Danish Concert Band
conductor: Jørgen Misser Jensen
 
Mel Broiles Vernal Equinox
soloist: 
Ketil Christensen, trumpet
Launy Grøndahl Concerto for trombone
in three movements
soloist: 
Keld Jørgensen, trombone
1. Moderato assai, 
ma molto maestoso
2. Quasi una leggenda, andante grave
3. Finale, maestoso
David Bennett Trumpet Royale
soloist: 
Ketil Christensen, trumpet
Arcady Dubensky Concerto Grosso
soloists:
Keld Jørgensen, trombone
Thomas Kok, trombone
Mogens Andresen, bass trombone
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, bass tuba
arr. Poul Ivan Møller
Del Staigers Carnival in Venice
soloist:
Ketil Christensen, trumpet
Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture, op. 96
arr. Donald Hunsberger
Harold L. Walters Trumpets Wild
soloists:
Ketil Christensen, trumpet
Carsten Larsen, trumpet
Søren Emtoft, trumpet
Arthur Pryor The Blue Bells of Scotland
soloist:
Keld Jørgensen, trombone
Leroy Anderson Bugler's Holiday
soloists:
Ketil Christensen, trumpet
Søren Emtoft, trumpet
Thomas Kjærgaard, trumpet
Frank/Hafner "Barnacle Bill, the Sailor"
soloist:
Mogens Andresen, bass trombone
Harold L. Walters Trumpet Filigree
soloists:
Ketil Christensen, trumpet
Carsten Larsen, trumpet
Thomas Jensen, trumpet
Lotte Jacobsen, trumpet
David Rose Holiday for Trombones
Keld Jørgensen, trombone
Thomas Kok, trombone
Poul Kegel, trombone
Mogens Andresen, bass trombone
Leroy Anderson A Trumpeter's Lullaby
soloist:
Ketil Christensen, trumpet
Masterpieces for Brass vol. I Rondo Records RCD 8322

 
1. H.C. Lumbye Champagne Galop
1823-1874
Violinist, composer and conductor. Lumbye's name is tightly tied to the Tivoli Gardens, where he was the orchestras conductor and leader (Stehgeiger) for 30 years. The orchestra performed his many compositions, which has made Lumbye one of the most popular Danish composers of all times.
arr. Mogens Andresen
2. Laurits Pedersen Spillemandsmarch
Village Band March
arr. Mogens Andresen
3. Hans Peter Nielsen Postillonen
The Mail Coach Driver
soloist/solist:
Henning Hansen,
French horn/waldhorn
arr. Mogens Andresen
4. Fred Hartley Alpine Festival
arr. Mogens Andresen
5. Hans Peter Nielsen De to Trompeter
The two Trumpeters
soloists/solister:
Ketil Christensen
Søren Emtoft
arr. Mogens Andresen
6. H.C. Lumbye Britta Polka
  arr. Mogens Andresen
7. C.C. Møller Bataille-March
1823-1893 began as a menber of Lumbye's orchestra in the Tivoli Gardens. Later he became the musical director of the large theatre in Copenhagen, "Folketeatret", and in the summer conductor of the wind band i the Tivoli Gardens.
arr. Mogens Andresen
8. C.C. Møller
!-Thank you to:
http://www.ugle.dk/c_c_moeller.html
Aarhus Tappenstreg
Aarhus Tattoo
arr. Mogens Andresen
9. H.C. Lumbye Amelie Waltz
Amelie Vals
arr. Mogens Andresen
10. Hans Peter Nielsen Trumpet Polka
Trompet Polka
soloist/solist:
Bjarne Nielsen
arr. Mogens Andresen
11. Georg Lohmann Bavarian Polka
Bayersk Polka
soloist/solist:
Keld Jørgensen, trombone/basun
arr. Keld Jørgensen
12. Emilio Wilhelm Ramsöe Valve Fanfare
Ventilfanfare
arr. Mogens Andresen
13. J.M. Hoffmann Valdemar Castle Dances
Danse fra Valdemar Slot
arr. Mogens Andresen
14. Oskar Lindberg Chalet Psalm
Fäbodspsalm
arr. Mogens Andresem
15. J.F. Fröhlich Rondo for four French Horns
Rondo for fire horn
arr. Mogens Andresen
16. Emilio Wilhelm Ramsöe Allegro Moderato
arr. Mogens Andresen
17. Rued Langgaard Ribe Early in the Morning
Ribe tidlig morgen
  arr. Mogens Andresen
18. Carl Nielsen Lur Signals
Lur signaler
soloists/solister:
Torbjörn Kroon
Mogens Andresen
 
Masterpieces for Brass Vol. II & Encores!
RCD 8333
Recorded at The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, June 7-9, 1991
Recording engineer: Eyvind Rafn
Producer: Lars Haugaard
Mastering: Holm Editing Studio, Copenhagen
Executive producer: Ole Høglund
Layout: Christian Olesen
Cover photo: Olaf Millang


Music from the Court of Christian IV
Intrada (1597) - Alessandro Orologio, 1550-1633
Flow My Tears (1605) - John Dowland, 1563-1626
The Most High and Mighty, Christianus the Fourth, King of Denmark, his Galliard - John Dowland

Lad det klinge sødt i sky - Anonym, arr. Mogens Andresen *1945

Gloria In Excelsis Deo - Anonym, arr. Mogens Andresen

Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke 1673-1707

Ricercare from Musikalisches Opfer - BWV 1079 - Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750

Randers March - Anonym, arr. Mogens Andresen

Kanon - Johann Pachelbel 1653-1706, arr. Mogens Andresen

Fantasia (1791) KV 608 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791 arr. Mogens Andresen

Bagatelle from op. 47 - Antonin Dvorak 1841-1904, arr. Mogens Andresen

Morgenmusik (1932) - Paul Hindemith 1895-1963

Three Norwegian Dances (1990) - Mogens Andresen *1945

The Morning Song - Roger Kellaway *1939

The Pink Panther - Henry Mancini 1921-1994
arr. Lars Holmgaard & Mogens Andresen

Agent 007 - Monty Normann
arr. Mogens Andresen

Blues March (1975) - Raymond Premru 1934-1998

From The Danish Past And Present

In recent years we have several times been asked to make a recording of the oldest Danish instruments in existence, the lurs, dating from the bronze age. However we thought that a whole CD consisting only of lur music would be somewhat monotonous, perhaps even boring, with all respect to these c. 3,000-year-old treasures. Therefore in several of the items we have combined the old bronze-age instruments with the sophisticated brass instruments of today, in this way intermingling sounds from Danish antiquity with those of the present day. Furthermore we have in several cases come to a halt in the Danish Golden Age, the period when historical awareness developed, cultural life flourished and the absolute monarchy was abolished: the Constitution of the Kingdom of Denmark was ratified and signed by Frederik VII on 5th June 1849.

The main work on the CD, Per Nørgård's DOING, which was composed in 1969/1997, is also the disc's MOTTO and as such could be a description of the whole process of production.

In the first movement, "I'll Do It", the idea is born and the will to carry it out is there, but a certain scepticism regarding the viability of the project makes itself felt, even though the plans have many good features and innumerable interesting details.

In the second movement "You Can't Do That", faith conquers doubt, and as the work progresses with the planning, recording and editing, every trace of scepticism disappears and all the performers look forward to the last phase, namely "It's Done" (the third movement), when the CD, complete with pictures and text in glittering wrapping, is available to document an important part of the history of Danish music.


BRUDEVÆLTE SOLO - Mogens Andresen *1945

FESTPRÆLUDIUM (1899) - Carl Nielsen 1865-1931
arr. Mogens Andresen

LAD DET KLINGE SØDT I SKY - Anonymous
arr. Mogens Andresen

HERLIGT, EN SOMMERNAT (1828) from the play Elverhøj - Friedrich Kuhlau 1786-1832 
arr. Mogens Andresen

KONG KRISTIAN (1828) from the play Elverhøj - Friedrich Kuhlau
arr. Mogens Andresen

RETRAITEN from the ballet Napoli (1842) - H. S. Paulli 1810-91
arr. Mogens Andresen

PRINS FREDERIK AF HESSENS MARCH (1790) - Anonym
arr. Mogens Andresen

INTRADA - Thorvald Hansen 1847-1915
adapted by Mogens Andresen

KONGENS MARCH - Frederik VII 1808-63
arr. Mogens Andresen

FOLRISDAM & BRUDEVÆLTE - Mogens Andresen *1945

DOING (1969/1997) - Per Nørgård *1932
adapted by Mogens Andresen

KÄRLEKSVALS - Ulrik Neumann 1918-94
arr. Mogens Andresen

COPENHAGEN MORNING (1998) - Mogens Andresen *1945

BRUDEVÆLTE ENSEMBLE - Mogens Andresen


BRUDEVÆLTE SOLO

While digging for peat in a bog at Brudevælte Moor near Fuglerupgaard, north of Lynge in north Zealand, a farmer called Ole Pedersen found six lurs or rather three pairs of them in 1797. Five of these are preserved and exhibited at the National Museum in Copenhagen. The sixth Brudevælte lur was in the course of complicated diplomatic and external political manoeuvres given to the Russian Tsar Nikolaj I via the Danish Archaeological Commission, whose president was the Crown prince Frederik, in other words the future Frederik VII. Crown prince Frederik authorized Prince Frederik of Hessen, who was about to travel to Russia, personally to convey the lur to the tsar, and to this day the lur is in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The c. 3000-year-old bronze lurs from Brudevælte are so well preserved that within certain limits it is possible to play a whole series of natural tones on them: the sound of cone-shaped tubes made of cast bronze is quite unique.

Recorded at the National Museum on 15th November 1998.

Keld Jørgensen playing a lur curving to the right and pitched in E flat.


FESTPRÆLUDIUM (Festal prelude)

Carl Nielsen conceived this stately, one-hundred-year-old prelude as an introduction to the new century, the 20th. It was originally composed either for piano, two or four-handed, or organ, but it is an established fact that Carl Nielsen himself conducted a version for full symphony orchestra. The score has been lost, only a second clarinet part remains. The present arrangement for 11 brass instruments and three percussionists might be considered to be a suitable introduction to the new century, the 21st, also the 3rd millennium.

Recorded October 12th 1998 - The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen

Musicians:

Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Niels Vind, cornet
Thomas Jensen, cornet
Ola Nilsson, French horn
Lasse Mauritzen, French horn
Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Lars Haugaard, bass trombone
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, tuba
Søren Monrad, percussion
Per Jensen, percussion
Mads Drewsen, percussion


LAD DET KLINGE SØDT I SKY (Let it resound sweetly on high)

The old, beautiful Christmas carol Let it resound sweetly on high dates back to the renaissance. Here it is played in four different versions or variations. The introductory verse for two LURS in alternation, almost meditative in character, is followed by a sonorous FANFARE for two cornets and three trombones. Then comes a KORAL version for two horns, three trombones, euphonium and tuba. The whole ensemble is heard in the final DANS which is in renaissance style.

The lurs used in this piece are copies made by the Copenhagen firm of instrument makers, I.K. Gottfried, founded in 1796. They are modelled on the original Brudevælte lurs in E flat.

Recorded on 27th and 28th May 1998 - The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen.

Musicians:

Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Niels Vind, cornet
Thomas Jensen, cornet
Henning Hansen, French horn
Ola Nilsson, French horn
Torbjörn Kroon, lur and alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, lur and tenor trombone
Jan Mortensen, bass trombone
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, tuba
Søren Monrad, percussion
Per Jensen, percussion


HERLIGT, EN SOMMERNAT (How wonderful on a summer night) (1828) from the play The Elf-hill

The melody "How wonderful on a summer night" or "The Hunters' Chorus", which every Dane knows, is largely based on the natural harmonic series and is therefore extremely well suited to performance on the oldest Danish instruments of all, the lurs. Here the melody is first heard as a lur solo and then as a lur trio. The instruments played here are the original 3,000-year-old lurs cast in bronze. The words of the Hunters' Chorus are by Johan Ludvig Heiberg and are as follows:

How wonderful on a summer night to go to the elves' coppice,
to rest by the cool of the spring!
Luna entwines her silver band round Endymion,
watches in bush and vale.

If you meet a nymph, leave her alone!
O hunter, let her go!
Remember how Actaeon was punished for daring to look!
O hunter, watch out!

Keep to the safe road, do not dream and lose your way,
Hunter take good care!
But if you do lose your way, listen to our hunters' choir,
they will call you back.

Recorded in the National Museum on 15th November 1998.

Players:

Keld Jørgensen playing a Brudevælte lur curving to the right and pitched in E flat
Torbjörn Kroon playing a Brudevælte lur curving to the left and pitched in E flat
Mogens Andresen playing a Brudevælte lur curving to the left and pitched in C


KONG KRISTIAN (King Kristian) (1828) from the play The Elf-Hill

The national anthem or King Kristian is from the romantic play The Elf-Hill by Johann Ludvig Heiberg, which was performed for the first time in The Royal Theatre in 1828, on the occasion of the 20-year-old crown prince Frederik's first wedding (to Vilhelmine). The crown prince was later to become Frederik VII. The play has since had a permanent place in the repertoire of the National Theatre as "the great Danish festival play". In The Elf-Hill the song King Kristian appears at the very end of the finale and involves the entire cast of actors and singers. The words are as follows:

Protect our king, great God!
Protect his family!
May the Skjoldung stem high and proud
always bring forth fresh shoots!
Protect our king, great God!
Protect his family!
With flowers in his silvery hair
he bears, strengthened year by year,
as easily as in the heyday of his youth,
the weight of his crown!

Recorded on 12th October 1998 - The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen

Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Niels Vind, cornet
Thomas Jensen, cornet
Ola Nilsson, French horn
Lasse Mauritzen, French horn
Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Lars Haugaard, bass trombone
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, tuba
Søren Monrad, percussion
Per Jensen, percussion
Mads Drewsen, percussion


RETRAITEN (The Retreat) from the ballet Napoli (1842)

The royal ballet master August Bournonville (1805-79) was the leading solo dancer and choreographer of the Danish Golden Age and today his ballets are still very often performed at The Royal Theatre and by a great many ballet companies the world over. He created such masterpieces as Napoli, A Legend, Kermis in Brügge, The Toreador, The Conservatoire and The Sylph. The music for the ballet Napoli subtitled "The Fisherman and his Bride" was written by no fewer than four composers: H.S. Paulli (1st act), Niels W. Gade (2nd act), Edvard Helsted (3rd act) and H.C. Lumbye (finale of 3rd act).

In the present version of THE RETREAT the arranger Mogens Andersen uses the bronze-age lurs as solo instruments accompanied by modern brass instruments.

Recorded on 28th May 1998 in The Royal Theatre.

Keld Jørgensen, lur
Torbjörn Kroon, lur
Niels Vind, cornet
Thomas Jensen, cornet
Henning Hansen, French horn
Ola Nilsson, French horn
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, tuba


PRINS FREDERIK AF HESSENS MARCH (Prince Frederik of Hessen's March) (1790) Anonymous

Prince Frederik of Hessen (1820-1884), after whom this piece is named, was a nephew of Christian VIII and a possible successor to the Danish throne if Frederik VII did not have any children. Frederik of Hessen was Commander of the Schleswig Infantry Regiment until 1843, when he became engaged to the Russian Tsar's daughter, Alexandra Nikolajevna. They were married in January 1844. The march was found again in 1973 and has since then served as the regimental march for the Schleswig Infantry Regiment.

Recorded in The Royal Theatre on 12th October 1998

Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Niels Vind, cornet
Thomas Jensen, cornet
Ola Nilsson, French horn
Lasse Mauritzen, French horn
Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Lars Haugaard, bass trombone
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, tuba
Søren Monrad, percussion
Per Jensen, percussion
Mads Drewsen, percussion


INTRADA

adapted by Mogens Andresen

When Thorvald Hansen competed for the vacancy for a solo trumpeter in The Royal Danish Orchestra in 1885 it turned out that he was the only applicant. Thorvald Hansen was considered by everybody to be such a master of his instrument and such a consummate musician that it seemed pointless to compete with a person of Hansen's stature. His colleagues in the Royal Danish Orchestra described him as a distinguished musician with exquisite, confident phrasing and with a highly-developed feeling for tone. It is quite obvious and perhaps to be expected that as a composer Hansen was influenced by the repertoire of the so-called Danish Golden Age, as for example the Bournonville ballets with music by N.W. Gade, H.S. Paulli, I.P.E. Hartmann, H.C. Lumbye and Herman Løvenskiold, music he played daily in the orchestra pit of The Royal Theatre.

Recorded on 13th October 1998 in The Royal Theatre

Niels Vind, trumpet
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Jonas Wiik, trumpet
Thomas Jensen, trumpet


KONGENS MARCH (The King's March)

This classically catchy march is attributed, probably rightly so, to Frederik VII, who was the King of Denmark from 1848 to 1863. After two dissolved marriages, first to Vilhelmine of Denmark 1828-37 and then to Mariane of Mecklenburg-Strelitz 1841-46, he entered into a permanent relationship with Louise Rasmussen who became his wife, albeit morganatically, in 1850, receiving the title Countess Danner. Frederik VII's motto was "The love of the people is my strength" and the popularity he already enjoyed as crown prince increased all the more when on 21st March 1848 he abolished the absolute monarchy. He ratified and signed the Constitution of the Kingdom of Denmark on 5th June 1849. Frederik, who was childless, was the last Oldenborger.

The source of Mogens Andresen's arrangement can be found in the periodical "Every Eighth Day", the 1st volume no. 23. Here the royal opus is written for the piano and bears the title: MARCH composed by King Frederik VII.

Recorded on 27th May in The Royal Theatre.

Musicians:

Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Per Morten Bye, E flat trumpet
Niels Vind
, cornet
Thomas Jensen, cornet
Henning Hansen, French horn
Ola Nilsson, French horn
Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Jan Mortensen, bass trombone
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, tuba
Søren Monrad, percussion
Per Jensen, percussion


FOLRISDAM & BRUDEVÆLTE

Here the four Brudevælte players entertain a visitor from Folrisdam in Jutland. Their instruments are not quite in tune with each other, but the players' combined efforts produce varied, strangely beautiful sounds.

Recorded at the National Museum on 15th November 1998.

Torbjörn Kroon, Folrisdam lur in G/G flat
Keld Jørgensen, Brudevælte lur in E flat
Brian Bindner, Brudevælte lur in E flat
Lars Haugaard, Brudevælte lur in C
Mogens Andresen, Brudevælte lur in C


DOING (1969/1997)

adapted by Mogens Andresen

1. Præludium: I'll Do it
2. Ludium: You Can't Do That
3. Postludium: It's Done

Using the Beatles melody You Can't Do That as his model, Per Nørgård wrote Doing for Concord Brass Band and the conductor Herbert Møller in 1969. The composition is in three movements or sections, a kind of morning-midday-evening variation form in which the first movement, I'll Do It, gathers up the threads of a decision which in the second movement is manifested in a substantial release of energy, while in the final movement, It's Done, the players take a breather in the literal sense of the word after all their exertions.

This version is a result of a collaboration between the composer and Royal Danish Brass's "resident" arranger/composer Mogens Andresen in 1997, and it was first performed at Royal Danish Brass's 20th anniversary concert at the Royal Theatre's Old Stage on 2nd November 1997.

Recorded on 27th and 28th May 1998 in The Royal Theatre

Conductor:

Mogens Andresen

Musicians:

Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Per Morten Bye, trumpet in E flat
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Niels Vind, cornet
Thomas Jensen, cornet, flugelhorn
Henning Hansen, French horn
Ola Nilsson, French horn
Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Jan Mortensen, bass trombone
Lars Haugaard, euphonium
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, bass tuba
Søren Monrad, timpani, percussion
Per Jensen, percussion


KÄRLEKSVALS (Love Waltz)

Ulrik Neumann's little lyrical gem is arranged here by Mogens Andresen, who in addition has elaborated on Neumann's melody by composing an interlude and cadenza for the soloist, the flugelhorn-player Thomas Jensen.

Ulrik Neumann's long career as a guitarist, singer and actor was far-reaching. He was a soloist in revues and films in the 40s, formed the trio Swe-Danes with Alice Babs and Svend Asmussen in the 50s and 60s, and towards the end of his career he performed in the trio 3 x Neumann with his daughter Sniff and his son Michael.

Recorded on 28th May 1998 in The Royal Theatre.

Musicians:

Thomas Jensen, flugelhorn
Henning Hansen, horn
Ola Nilsson, horn
Torbjörn Kroon, altbasun
Keld Jørgensen, tenorbasun
Jan Mortensen, bass trombone
Lars Haugaard, euphonium
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, bass tuba
Per Jensen, percussion


COPENHAGEN MORNING

With its blend of melodies and themes in varying tempi and styles this composition or music-collage, Copenhagen Morning, could well be a description of the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen early in the morning when Siegfried Wagner and Anton Rosen's statue of the lur-players suddenly come to life and play a slow, solemn reveille at a time when the traffic still mostly consists of cyclists refreshed after a good night's sleep and buses and taxis. The last night-birds are finally on their way home after a pleasant tour of the city, and the city's pulse slowly quickens to the tempo of workaday life.

Recorded on 27th and 28th May in The Royal Theatre

Players:

Jonas Wiik, piccolo trumpet
Per Morten Bye, trumpet in E flat
Niels-Jørn Jessen, trumpet
Niels Vind, cornet
Thomas Jensen, cornet
Henning Hansen, French horn
Ola Nilsson, French horn
Torbjörn Kroon, alto trombone
Keld Jørgensen, tenor trombone
Jan Mortensen, bass trombone
Mogens Andresen, euphonium
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, bass tuba
Søren Monrad, percussion
Per Jensen, percussion

Soloists:
Keld Jørgensen, lur
Torbjörn Kroon, lur
Jens Bjørn-Larsen, funk tuba
Søren Monrad, drum set
Jan Mortensen, jazz trombone


BRUDEVÆLTE ENSEMBLE

The solo melody at the beginning of the record is here played in a special, almost tonal harmonization made possible by the partial tones of the three accompanying lurs which are in three different pitches, C, E flat and G (almost G flat).

Recorded at the National Museum on 15th November 1998.

Keld Jørgensen, Solo Brudevælte lur in E flat
Torbjörn Kroon, Folrisdam lur in G/G flat
Brian Bindner, Brudevælte lur in E flat
Lars Haugaard, Brudevælte lur in C

CD grafik: Carsten Lundh