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The Danish National Symphony Orchestra presents soloists in Deutsche Grammophon recording

Three high-profile solo artists are to record Carl Nielsen concertos for Deutsche Grammophon with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi.

Over the years, generations of famous classical artists have adorned the album covers of Deutsche Grammophon with its iconic yellow logo, which is one of the finest hallmarks within the classical music industry.

And three of the younger generation’s most celebrated soloist can now look forward to becoming front figures on The Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s coming recording of Carl Nielsen works for Deutsche Grammophon, which will comprise his six symphonies as well as the three solo concertos for violin, clarinet and flute.

At the same time, the Danish concert audience can look forward to experiencing the three international soloists live, for all three will be coming to DR Koncerthuset to give concerts in connection with the recording of the three Nielsen works along with The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Fabio Luisi.

Korean virtuoso

One of the brand-new names on Deutsche Grammophon’s album covers is the Korean violinist Bomsori Kim, whose debut album was released in June this year. A contract for more releases has already been signed with the young virtuoso, and her next album will be recorded when she visits Copenhagen for the first time at the end of October.

Although Bomsori Kim is best known until now for her interpretations of the classical violin repertoire, the Korean musician has become highly enthusiastic about our Danish national composer in connection with having prepared for the recording and the two concertos:

‘Nielsen’s Violin Concerto is very exotic and special, with this unusual combination of the intellectual and the virtuosic. It is actually fascinating to me that such a piece as this even exists in the violin repertoire, and I’m now convinced it’s a very, very great piece.’

Read more about the concert on 28 October with Bomsori Kim, Fabio Luisi and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Solo players from Vienna and Berlin

On the next two recordings of Nielsen concertos, which will take place in the 2022-23 season, two of Europe’s absolutely leading solo wind instrumentalists will be coming to Copenhagen to perform with The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi prior to the Deutsche Grammophon recordings.

The first soloist, the clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer, holds the prestigious position of 1st solo clarinettist in one of the world’s absolutely leading orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic. He has had a solo contract with Deutsche Grammophon since the age of 24, and– apart from his prestigious orchestral position – has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician together with some of the very best-known classical names, such as Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma and Janine Jansen.

In Nielsen’s Flute Concerto another excellent soloist, the German Karl-Heinrich Schütz, is to play in front of an audience and microphones on the stage of DR Koncerthuset. In 1998, he won the international Carl Nielsen Competition in Odense with precisely Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto as the work at the finale, since when he has had an impressive career as a soloist.

Apart from his prestigious position as 1st Solo Flautist in Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl-Heinz Schütz  has been a soloist under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim and Fabio Luisi, and although he has recorded a whole series of albums as a solo player in his own orchestra, this recording with The Danish National Symphony Orchestra will be his first official solo album for Deutsche Grammophon.

Kim Bohr, Head of DR Koncerthuset and Artistic Director of The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, says the following about the choice of soloists for the three Carl Nielsen concertos:

‘It is a very important element of our large-scale recording series for Deutsche Grammophon that The Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s strong Danish Nielsen tradition interacts with artists from other parts of the world who have not grown up with the composer as we have. This applies both to our Italian chief conductor Fabio Luisi and the three soloists that Deutsche Grammophon have selected for the recordings of the solo concertos – from the Korean Bomsori Kim to the two eminent solo wind instrumentalists from the Wiener Philharmoniker and Berliner Philharmoniker.’

The recordings of the two Nielsen concertos for clarinet and flute will be recorded in the 2022-23 season, with accompanying live concerts at DR Koncerthuset.

The recording by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra of all of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies will begin to be issued in spring 2022 and will finish in spring 2023, with a box edition that will also include the three solo concertos.