The Danish Radio Recordings 1962-1987, Vol. 2
Format: COMPACT DISC
Schmidt, Ole; Sjoen, Alf; Monteux, Pierre; Aalborg Symphony Orchestra; Jensen, Thomas; Kavtaradze, Nina; Bengtsson, Erling Blöndal; Wagner, Borge; Knussen, Oliver; Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; Odense Symphony Orchestra
For this last volume of recordings emanating from Danish Radio, Erling Blöndal Bengtsson plays six cello concertos, all by Danish composers, exhibiting a wide range of styles, from romantic to modern. Conductors include Thomas Jensen and Oliver Knussen. Also included is Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, conducted by the legendary Pierre Monteux. Once again, Bengtsson’s open-mindedness, versatility, impeccable technique and sterling musicianship are presented as part of an infallible showcase. Erling Blöndal Bengtsson performed extensively throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Russia. He appeared with most of the world´s leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Hague´s Residentie Orchestra under the direction of many of the contemporary leading maestros, such as Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, and Herbert Blomstedt. His repertoire was all-encompassing and he has championed the works of leading Scandinavian composers, as well as performing the Scandinavian premieres of cello concertos by Britten, Barber, Khatchaturian, Delius, Lutoslawsky and Walton. A consistent recording artist, with over 50 albums, he has, along with the complete standard repertoire for cello and orchestra, recorded many contemporary concertos, most of which were dedicated to him. In 1998 his recording of the Zoltán Kodály Solo Sonata, was chosen by the "GUINNESS CLASSICAL 1000" as being one of the top 1000 recordings of all time.