Dacapo wishes you a Happy New Year!
At the beginning of the new year, it is time to look back at the past year and forward to the year that lies ahead.
The year 2019 was an exciting one for Dacapo, with considerable international interest, musical productions of new and older Danish music and the celebration of Dacapo’s 30th anniversary.
The recording by the Vienna Philharmonic of Rued Langgaard’s 2nd and 6th symphonies attracted great attention both nationally and internationally. In October 2019, the release was given the prestigious Gramophone Award and earlier in the year it was voted The Classical Album of the Year at the P2 Music Award (P2 Prisen).
Rued Langgaard was also in focus with the release of the box-set of his collected string quartets, in the award-winning recording by the Nightingale String Quartet.
In 2019 we had the pleasure of releasing the first two albums by the young and already internationally acclaimed Nordic String Quartet, with string quartets by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Nancy Dalberg respectively. Both releases have aroused great interest in and outside Denmark, with the Gudmundsen-Holmgreen recording on the lists of both Politiken and American Record Guides of the best releases in 2019, while the Dalberg release was chosen as the same by the British MusicWeb International. Both releases are also nominated for P2 Prisen 2020.
The year also featured recordings by such orchestras as Odense Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Danish Orchestra and Concerto Copenhagen – as well as an exciting cooperation with DR Korskolen, which issued the album Børnenes Sangskat (The Children’s Treasury of Songs).
In 2019, streaming of Dacapo releases have topped the 10 million mark and we are pleased that, in a collaboration with Naxos, we are ensuring that Danish music can now reach a record number of music-interested people worldwide. Celebrating Dacapo’s 30th anniversary, a playlist with 30 works from the Dacapo catalogue was created on a number of streaming services – you can listen to it here.
Dacapo would like to thank the funds and foundations that have provided vital support in 2019: Danish Arts Foundation, Augustinus Fonden, 15. juni Fonden, Weyse Fonden, Carl Nielsen Legatet, Solistforeningen af 1921, Musikforlæggerne, William Demant Fonden, Dansk Solistforbund, Dansk Kapelmesterforening, Chr. Hansen, Beckett-Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, Birger Christensens Fond, Magister Jürgen Balzers Fond, MPO, Langgaard Fonden and KODA Musik.
In 2020, we are looking forward to presenting the recording of three concertos by Bent Sørensen, written for and recorded by the three star soloists: the pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, the trumpetist Tine Thing Helseth and the clarinettist Martin Fröst, together with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra respectively.
We are also looking forward to contributing to the centenary of the reunification of Southern Jutland (North Schleswig) with Denmark with two releases: Odense Symphony Orchestra and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble’s recording of Carl Nielsen’s Moderen (The Mother) and Musica Ficta’s recording of songs from the border region.
In 2020, we will particularly be focusing on the composer Peter Heise with the release of both the opera Drot og Marsk (King and Marshal) and Heise’s collected songs, sung by some of the very best Danish and Nordic singers. Nordic String Quartet also will also continue the recordings of Heise’s complete string quartets.
In addition, the year will feature releases by, among others: Concerto Copenhagen, Turku Philharmonic, Odense Symphony Orchestra and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra – the beginning of large-scale releases of works by Else Marie Pade, a continuation of our collaboration with the Danish National Girls' Choir, the first release of Nightingale String Quartet’s recording of Vagn Holmboe's quartets – and much more besides.
All the very best for 2020!