The musical King Frederik IX is portrayed in new Danish TV-series
At the moment, Danish national TV DR is showing a TV-series about King Frederik IX. The series focuses on the King's big interest and passion for classical music. Dacapo has released two recordings with the Danish King conducting the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Danish Orchestra.
The Danish Monarchy has been interested in music for several generations. Now the Danish national TV DR is portraying King Frederik IX and his big interest in classical music, especially orchestral direction, in a new mini-series of four episodes.
A passion for orchestral direction
At home music played a central role for Frederik IX, and at a young age the prince showed a big interest in classical music. Frederik IX received piano lessons as a child, but he soon fell in love with orchestral direction, an interest which he mainly kept within the confines of private life. Although the King was self-taught, he favoured technically difficult challenges in the great symphonic repertoire, in particular music from Wagner’s operas.
Frederik IX was a frequent guest in the Royal Danish Theater, where he could attend the performance with his score, and for more than 30 years he was a beloved guest conductor. For King Frederik IX, the work as conductor was a private matter - he once broke this principle, however, when in 1948 he agreed to allow a number of his recordings to be on condition that the records should be released in favour of the newly formed UN Refugee Agency.
Listen to two recordings with King Frederik IX
Dacapo has released two recordings with King Frederik IX. On the two albums, the King is conducting the Danish National Radio Orchestra and the Royal Danish Orchestra playing music by Danish composers such as Niels W. Gade and Friedrich Kuhlau, as well as works by Wagner, Beethoven, Schubert and Grieg.
Both recordings can be purchased as digital download in Dacapo's webshop, and are also available on various streaming services.