Gade: Erlkönigs Tochter & 5 Gesänge
Format: COMPACT DISC
Fuchs, Ivonne; Junker, Sophie; Concerto Copenhagen; Mortensen, Lars Ulrik; Weisser, Johannes; DR VokalEnsemblet
Elverskud (The Elf-King’s Daughter) is a dramatic cantata from 1854, based on Danish medieval ballads. It became one of Niels W. Gade’s greatest successes, not only in his native Denmark but throughout Europe, where Elverskud was performed several hundred times, often conducted by Gade himself. Gade was especially admired in Germany, and on this album, Elverskud is not only played on period instruments for the first time but is also sung for the first time with the German text that brought the work international fame. Here the cantata is put together with Gade’s breakthrough as an a capella composer, Funf Gesange from 1846, also in German. Perhaps this danish national composer isn’t so danish after all. These works are beautifully performed by soloists Sophie Junker, Ivonne Fuchs, and Johannes Weisser, alongside the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.