Schmidt, Ole: Concertos (Da Capo Audio CD)

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Jens Bjørn-Larsen, tuba
Ulla Miilmann, flute
David M.A.P. Palmqvist, french horn

Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR

Ole Schmidt, conductor, composer

Ole Schmidt (b. 1928) is internationally known as a conductor, but since his debut in 1955 he has also made a significant name for himself as a composer. Ole Schmidt has musical roots in both Neoclassicism and the playful freedom of jazz. His music has strength and vitality and clearly reveals a fertile imagination. This collection of solo concertos displays the full spectrum of Schmidt’s compositional skills in the hands of today’s most gifted Danish wind soloists.

Ulla Miilmann nominated in the category Best Instrumental Soloist Performance

There are several remarkable things about this release. The recording quality is astounding. The 4 concertos themselves are very rewarding in their wide range and musical content and the superb playing which is beyond criticism. (

Med Schmidts uforudsigelige tonesprog kommer man vidt omkring i følelsernes dybe afkroge. Munterhed afløser alvor, og det melodiøse afløser det komplicerede.

Denne cd skal ikke bare høres som en national pligt, men fordi det er god musik, som enhver vil have glæde af at lytte til - gerne flere gange. Og så er alle solisterne fantastiske.
(Dansk Musik Tidsskrift)

There is much enjoyable music in all four works, splendidly performed in first-rate sound.
(Nordic Sounds)

There´s a likeness to Edward Gregson´s wind concerti at times: and that, meaning tunefullness, idiomatic writing and lively ideas, is a compliment indeed.
(Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News)

Virile recording quality...wonderfully provocative writing deeply harnessed to romantic models but breathing a wholly comtemperary ozone. (Musicweb International)

Recorded at the Danish Radio Concert Hall on 16-20 August 2004
Recording producer: Chris Hazell
Balance engineer: Jan Oldrup
Editing: Morten Mogensen and Jørn Damgaard Jacobsen
Mastering: Preben Iwan and Jan Oldrup

Liner notes: Steen Chr. Steensen
Graphic design: Denise Burt,

Publishers: Edition Wilhelm Hansen AS, (Suite, Tuba Concerto and Horn Concerto) and
Edition Société Musicale (Flute Concerto)
This CD has been recorded in cooperation with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation


Contents and Reviews

Suite for Flute, String Orchestra, Harp and
Percussion, op. 21 (1960)
1. I Rondino
2. II Walzer
3. III Intermezzo
4. IV Marsch

Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra (1985)
5. I Introduction
6. II Molto lento
7. III Presto

Concerto for Horn and Chamber Orchestra, op. 31 (1966)
8. I Largo
9. II Allegro giusto

Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, op. 42 (1975)
10. I
11. II
12. III Allegro