EMIL REESEN (1887-1964): Himmerland (Danish Rhapsody) (rec. Decca 1953), Variations on a Theme of Schubert (live Oct. 3, 1959), Greenlandic Folk Music (live Feb. 15, 1959), Intermezzo from The Story of a Mother (live April 3, 1958), 4 Arias from Farinelli (rec. HMV Nov. 25,1941), Fantasy on South Jutland Melodies (rec. Polyphon 1946), Fantasy on Danish Christmas Melodies (live Dec. 14, 1957), Radio Exhibition Fanfare (live Aug. 31, 1956), Radiofonia (Rhapsodia Burlesque) (live 1969).
Catalogue Number: 08X045
Reference: DACOCD 899
Description: An icon in Danish music. Composer, arranger, conductor, entertainer: Reesen cut a dash through Danish 20th-century music. He was the pupil of Rued Langgaard. From 1927 to 1936 he was a conductor at the Danish Radio, 1942 to 1944 at The New Theatre of Copenhagen and at the Royal Theatre from 1950. He was the chairman of Danish Conductors' Association, of the Society of the Publication of Danish Music, and of the music committee of the Danish Society. He was also censor at the music department of the Danish Radio. His works include opera, ballets, stage music, film music, orchestral compositions, cantatas, songs. His pieces were always stylishly crafted for the occasion, whether to commemorate a Polar explorer or celebrate a famous castrato. Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Emil Reesen, Thomas Jensen, Arne Hammelboe, Erik Tuxen, Danish Radio Concert Orchestra; Hans Peder Aase.