‘Morning Song from The Elf King's Daughter’ chosen as P2 listeners’ favourite choral work
Listeners to P2 have awarded Niels W. Gade’s Morgensang af Elverskud (Morning Song from The Elf King's Daughter) first place in the category P2's Classical Top 50 – Choir, a list of the 50 best and most-loved choral works, according to Danes.
This summer, listeners to P2 have nominated ther favourite choral works for P2's Classical Top 50, a list of the best choral works according to Danes. The top 10 on the list were revealed at a finale concert on 5 October which can be seen online at DR TV.
At the concert, it was revealed that the award as the world’s best piece of choral music, according to P2 listeners, went to Niels W. Gade’s Morgensang af Elverskud (Morning Song from The Elf King's Daughter), a work with which many choir enthusiasts are probably familiar.
First German recording of The Elf King's Daughter
Morgensang af Elverskud (Morning Song from The Elf King's Daughter) can be found on a number of releases by Dacapo, both on CD with a medley of works from the time of Gade and on recordings of all of Gade’s dramatic cantata Elverskud (The Elf King's Daughter) from 1854.
Most recently, the first German recording of Elverskud ever was released, performed on original instruments and featuring the German song text which brought the work its international fame. The recording was made by DR Vokalensemblet and Concerto Copenhagen, as well as soloists, conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
There are both CD and LP versions of the recording.