J.P.E. HARTMANN (1805-1900): Prophecy of the Seeress, Op. 71 for Male Chorus and Orchestra, Overtures: Yrsa, Op. 78, Axel and Valborg, Op. 57, Hakon Jarl, Op. 40, Corregio, Op. 59.
Catalogue Number: 04I008
Description: The 16-minute setting of an 1869 retelling of the Old Norse Prophecy of the Seeress became Hartmann's most performed work in the second half of his career. The other four works here are all overtures for stage works by Adam Oehlenschläger, although two of them weren't performed as theatre music at the beginning. Functioning just as well in the guise of tone-poems (the 14 minute lengths of Correggio of 1860 and the 1857 Axel suggest the change in appellation) or concert overtures, these are fine examples of the genre, with Yrsa (1881) being the most immediately striking - almost like a Danish Egmont in its taut and intense rhythmic drive. Danish-English texts. Lund University Male Choir, Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR; Thomas Dausgaard.