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MORTENSEN, O.: Vocal Music

Composer(s):Mortensen, Otto
Artist(s) Teglbjaerg, Christen Stubbe, piano • Asmussen, Signe, soprano • Madsen, Jakob Naeslund, tenor
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.224704
Label Dacapo
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 7.99



Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2008

Born in Copenhagen in 1907, Otto Mortensen studied piano and organ, only moving to composition later in life, the vocal music that occupied the bulk of his output becoming a favourite among Danish choirs. He belonged to the group of composer who saw the disaffection of concert audiences in the 1930s to the ‘modernist’ movement, and decided to reconnect with melodic music that would be more easily understood. Much of his later life was given to teaching at the Royal Danish Academy and Aarhus University. The present disc is largely devoted to solo songs composed in the 1930s and 40s and were subsequently gathered together in cycles. Occasionally funny, they mainly talk of love and the sadness that it brings, and I wish there had been more hints of happiness to



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