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Ole Schmidt

Born: 1928

Died: 2010

Nationality: Danish

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Photo © Rigmor Mydtskov

Outside of Denmark, Ole Schmidt is probably best known for his recordings of Carl Nielsen’s six symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra from 1974 and his work as chief conductor of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra 1978-84.

In his homeland, he was an important cultural personality, whose outspoken nature brought him both fame and infamy. His work with introducing young musicians to the classical repertoire made a large part of his considerable contribution to Danish musical life.

Alongside all this, Schmidt found the time to write more than 200 works, including a series of instrumental concertos, string quartets, music for wind instruments – not to mention his accompanying music to Carl Th. Dreyer’s silent film The Passion of Joanne of Arc. These works are characterized by a high level of craftsmanship and a wide range of influences.
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