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Vagn Holmboe

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Symfoni nr. 8, 'Sinfonia Boreale' (1952), 56
Wilhelm Hansen
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Vagn Holmboe Symfoni nr. 8, 'Sinfonia Boreale' (1952), 56
It is an expansive statement that Vagn Holmboe has placed in the subtitle of this work, "Sinfonia boreale" - Northern Symphony. So saying, he has not only declared himself geographically. He has also acknowledged a climate, a mentality and a tradition. There lie both a humility and a self-esteem in such a declaration. Through this title he affirms his heritage and breed and he calls down upon himself the names of his fathers: Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. But he does so with the awareness that also he and his generation have their unmistakable contribution to give.

His symphonic creativity reached a conclusion i 1951 with the Eighth Symphony, which was first performed two years later by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Paul Klecki.

Text: Robert Naur 1967

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    Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
    Owain Arwel Hughes
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