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Nielsen, Nielsen, Nielsen!

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Energy. Humour. Originality. Experience all aspects of our great Danish composer and feel the energy and zest of his music when DR Koncerhuset opens its doors in April 2023 for a vibrant musical tribute to Carl Nielsen.

A total of 10 live concerts and more than 50 hours of radio broadcasts, TV and international streaming shed new light on our great Danish composer and present him as an artist and a human being who left his strong personal imprint on the world.

The focal point is six concertos with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi, who will be performing Nielsen’s most important works for choir and orchestra, along with the Danish National Concert Choir and the Danish National Junior ChoirThe Danish Radio Big Band and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble will feature their own special take on Nielsen’s music, and young talents from around the world will compete against each other in the international Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition.

At the same time, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s long-awaited CD box for Deutsche Grammophon will be released, three albums that have already gained international recognition.

Look forward with anticipation to a spring where DR Koncerthuset will be buzzing with life and music in a host of different forms. Completely in the characteristic, indomitable spirit of Carl Nielsen!

Radio, tv and streaming

20 April Two VR films about Carl Nielsen and his music are premiered in the foyer of DR Koncerthuset

20-29 April 2023: ’Nielsen, Nielsen, Nielsen!’ All concerts with DR’s choirs and orchestras are broadcast on DR P2 and DR2.

Mid April 2023: The documentary ‘Carl Nielsen – between Heaven and Earth’ is broadcast on DR2

Autumn 2023: All concerts and documentary will be available for international streaming on a.o. DG Stage + and several European TV channels.

Six concerts in two weeks with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi present no less than six concerts in two weeks in which Luisi conducts all of Nielsen’s symphonies as well as a fine collection of his other symphonic works – from tone poems to solo concertos and his major works for choir and orchestra, which are only rarely performed in concert halls.

The special chemistry between Luisi, Nielsen and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra has led to international recognition and contract with the legendary record company Deutsche Grammophon, which will culminate in a special CD box on 21 April.

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View the Deutsche Grammophon recording here

Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition

Young up-and-coming wind quintets and string quartets from all over the world compete for honors and cash prizes in the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition 2023.
The competition is held in collaboration between DR, the Danish Royal Library and the Royal Danish Academy of Music and is held in DR Koncerthuset’s Studio 2, the Black Diamond and the Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music. 

A joint tribute

Nielsen, Nielsen, Nielsen! is part of a joint, musical tribute to Carl Nielsen, which will take place throughout 2023 – even into 2024.

Among DR Koncerthuset’s many collaboration partners is the upcoming Carl Nielsen Museum in Odense, which will open on 2 June 2023, and the publishing house Multivers, which in the autumn will issue a new monograph on Carl Nielsen, which puts the composer in perspective as a European cultural figure.

The many media productions that will be released in 2023 have been created in collaboration with international media partners such as EuroArts and Deutsche Grammophon, who in collaboration with DR Koncerthuset ensure that Carl Nielsen’s music reaches a new, international audience, both in 2023 and in the future.

Nielsen, Nielsen, Nielsen! is generously supported by the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation.