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KAYSER, L.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 (Aalborg Symphony, Aeschbacher) - Nos. 1 and 4

KAYSER, L.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 (Aalborg Symphony, Aeschbacher) - Nos. 1 and 4

Composer(s):Kayser, Leif
Artist(s) Aeschbacher, Matthias, Conductor • Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.224709
Label Dacapo
Quality   320kbps
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Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2008

The life of Leif Kayser was one of vacillation, never sure whether he wanted to be a Catholic priest or a composer, finding out too late that you could not be both. Born in Denmark in 1919, he studied composition with Hilding Rosenberg and conducting with Tor Mann, and had made some headway in both. Then in 1942 he travelled to Rome and there pledged his life to the priesthood. That decision lasted for twenty years before marriage brought it to an end, and though he tried to return to composing, his style of writing was long past its sell-by date. Yet when he began both symphonies on this disc—1937 and 1945—he seemed to have the potential of becoming a major voice in Danish music. Listening to the disc I also vacillate between a feeling of modest



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