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Per Nørgård : Symphony no. 7

Publisher Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Year Composed 2006
27 Minutes
Orchestration 2+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2+cbn/
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Per Nørgård: Symfoni nr. 7 (2004-2006)

My Symphony No. 7 was commissioned by The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and was premiered in January 2009 – conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, for the opening of the Danish Radio´s new symphonic hall, Koncerthuset.

The symphony has three movements, last around 25 minutes, and is dedicated to the manager and artistic director of the orchestra Per Erik Veng.

Per Nørgård


  • The nature of the music might be described as a drunken night prowler’s walk through a strange city being rebuilt for a carnival.
    Thomas Anderberg, Dagens Nyheter, 22/04/2009
  • A rythmically animate music, a vibrant, busy and almost metropolitan driving force.
    ****** (6 stars out of 6)

    Thomas Roth, Opus Nr. 22, 05/04/2009
  • Bold and arresting. There’s a Wagnerian sweep and grandeur to his writing that is leavened by sudden appearances of dance interludes or little bursts of sunny tonal harmony.
    Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, 05/04/2009
  • Well worth exploring.
    **** (4 stars out of 5)

    Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 03/04/2009
  • Spellbinding. It captures the imagination on first hearing and reveals ever more secrets with subsequent listening.
    John Miller , SACD, 25/03/2009
  • Danish music radio’s best kept secret: Per Nørgård’s Seventh Symphony.
    Carl-Gunnar Åhlen, Svenska Dagbladet, 01/02/2009
  • A gestural music that may seem downright aggressive. However, at the same time lyrically simple and lucid in its second movement initiated by unadorned, beautifully singing woodwinds before a wall of gleaming white major rises in perfect contrast.
    ***** (5 stars out of 6)

    Thomas Michelsen, Politiken, 31/01/2009
  • As with its two predecessors, this work confronts the perennial challenges of symphonic writing head-on – its three movements (lasting 27 minutes) bringing a Classical rigour and focus to bear on material that, in common with Nørgård's music these past two decades, has an aural and expressive spontaneity such as offers numerous possibilities but also a ready incitement to listening: the expected and unpredictable brought into a poised and constantly changing accord.
    Richard Whitehouse, The Classical Source
  • Strident intensity in three movements. Nørgård produces music of virtually prophetic dimensions reflecting the violent temper of our times.
    **** (4 stars out of 6)

    WSH, La Scena Musicale


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