DANISH MUSIC FOR BRASS
Is a series of recordings with brass players from the Royal Danish Orchestra
as chamber music players or soloists
TRUMPET CONCERTOS by
WALTHER SCHRÖDER and KIM HELWIG
WALTHER SCHRØDER – CONCERTINO FOR TRUMPET AND ORCHESTRA
AMATEUR RECORDING FROM 1973 IN THE TIVOLI CONCERT HALL
WITH THE TIVOLI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY EIFRED ECKART HANSEN
KIM HELWEG – MADRIGALE DI GIOÚANNI – CONCERTO FOR TRUMPET AND ORCHESTRA
RECORDING FROM 1979 IN THE TIVOLI CONCERT HALL
WITH THE COLLEGIUM MUSICUM ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY MICHAEL SCHØNVANDT
THE ROYAL DANISH ORCHESTRA
The Royal Danish Orchestra’s emblem, the Royal Trumpeter Corps. Engraving from 1583. The Royal Danish Orchestra is the the world’s oldest orchestral institution. It started out 1448 as a trumpeter corps, and today it is an opera and symphony orchestra based at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen.
KETIL CHRISTENSEN (1952-)
Studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Music with Kurt Petersen and became only 19 years old principal trumpet in The Royal Danish Orchestra. Co-founder of The Royal danish Orchestra Brass Ensemble and member of the chamber orchestra Collegium Musicum, Copenhagen. Has made many recordings and engagements as soloist. in 1980 he won a prize at the international competition for soloists in Munich and has later been a member of the jury at the same competition in 2018. Has been teaching trumpet at The royal Danish Academy of Music. The recipient of the Gade Scholarship and Gladsaxe Music Award.
IN 1972 KETIL BECAME PRINCIPAL TRUMPET IN THE ROYAL DANISH ORCHESTRA
LEFT: 1972: PETER MADSEN, KETIL CHRISTENSEN and ROBERT ERTMANN PLAYING IN FRONT OF THE LAST ACTIVE POLICE HORSES IN COPENHAGEN
RIGHT: KETIL WITH CONCERT MASTER IN THE ROYAL DANISH ORCHESTRA NIELS SIMON CHRISTIANSEN
MICHAEL SCHØNWANDT (1953-)
From 2000 until May 2011 Michael Schønwandt (conductor) was chief conductor at the Royal Danish Theatre, where he has conducted regularly since his debut in 1979. Alongside this he has been chief conductor of Collegium Musicum since the foundation of the orchestra in 1981. In 1987 and 1988 he was the first Scandinavian conductor ever of the Festival in Bayreuth, and in 1992-1998 he was chief conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Michael Schønwandt, who is a much appreciated and sought-after conductor in many international concert halls and opera houses, appears in several CD and DVD recordings. Among other things he has recorded all Carl Nielsen’s symphonies on CD and headed the Royal Danish Orchestra on the DVD release of Kasper Bech Holten’s staging of Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung. He has also held posts as Chief Conductor of the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester (1992–1998), Principal Guest Conductor of La Monnaie in Brussels (1984–87), Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (1987–2000), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Staatstheater Stuttgart. He took up the position of Principal Conductor of the Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier in September 2015.
Eifred Eckart-Hansen, 1919-1991, Danish conductor. He was in 1962-80 music director in Tivoli, where he continued as chief conductor until illness in 1986 forced him to interrupt a profitable career. It also included 30 years as an artistic director of the Student-Song Association.
TO THE LEFT: EDVARD LARSEN AND HIS WIFE, TO THE RIGHT: WALTHER SCHRØDER (1895-1976) WITH HIS WIFE
Walther Anton Schrøder, composer, was born in Hamburg but grew up in Copenhagen, where he studied at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory from 1910 to 1914. During the first world war he played in the orchestra of the casino theater and from 1923 to 1927 he was the leader of the orchestra of Palace Theater. He also became leader of the music at the People’s Theater, was a guest conductor in Tivoli and was a radio piano rehearser for many years. In 1946 he wrote his concerto for trumpet dedicated to Edvard Larsen, principal trumpet of The Royal Danish Orchestra. This recording is from The Tivoli Concerthall The Tivoli Symphony Orchestra con ducted by Eifred Eckart Hansen. Up to this concert Ketil Christensen studied the concertino with his colleague from the Royal Danish Orchestra Edvard Larsen who also was present at the concert supporting the soloist.
KETIL , EDVARD and NIELS SIMON at THE OPERA IN COPENHAGEN
KIM HELWEG (1956- )
Kim Helweg began composing at the age of 13 and made his professional debut in 1974. In 1985 and 1988 Helweg won the 1st prize for compositions made for The Danish Radio Concert Orchestra. In 1986 his anti-musical The Kreutzer Sonata (based on Tolstoy and Beethoven) – with both music and lyrics by Kim Helweg – won a prize at the European Broadcast Union in Monaco. Since 1988 Helweg has chiefly composed for classical ensembles, but still with a visible jazz/rock influence. His MADRIGALE DI GIOÚANNI – CONCERTO FOR TRUMPET AND ORCHESTRA is dedicated to Ketil Christensen. The titel refers to the eleventh madrigal of a set of small 3-part madrigals written by the danish musician Hans Brachrogge, employed in the forerunner of The RoyaL Danish Orchestra. The madrigals was published 1619 under the pseudonym Groúanni. The text is as follows: “Your eyebrows are Cupid’s bow, your golden tresses are snares with which souls are caught and hearts wounded, made dauntless unto death”.
FRONT PAGE TO HANS BRACHROGGE’s MADRIGALBOOK 1619.
THE OLD TIVOLI CONCERT HALL
The first concert hall in The Tivoli Garden was build 1902, but under the german occupation it was blown up in 1944. The new Concert Hall was build 1954-1956 after drawings by architects Frits Schlegel and Hans Hansen. The front decoration is made by Mogens Zieler. Tivoli’s concert hall has been used by countless symphony orchestras, wind bands, chamber ensembles , jazz bands and has been host for the European song contest.
THE NEW TIVOLI CONCERT HALL