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Bent Sørensen

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Fragments of Requiem (2007)
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
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  • Ensemble
    Ars Nova Copenhagen
    Paul Hillier
  • 27 MAR 2011
    Gamle Aker Kirke, Oslo, Norway
    Ars Nova Copenhagen
    Paul Hillier, conductor

    Other Dates:
    29 March - Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 18 JAN 2008
    Fragments of Requiem Country Premiere
    Burghof, Lörrach, Germany
    Ars Nova Copenhagen
    Paul Hillier, conductor
  • 18 OCT 2007
    Fragments of Requiem World Premiere
    Øresundsbiennalen Sound Around
    Garnisons Kirke, København, Denmark
    Ars Nova
    Paul Hillier, conductor

There is a seamless juxtaposition and interleaving of the movements associated with the Requiem Mass. Bent Sorensen interjects dissonances, extensions and structural anomalies into the counterpoint for his movements, subtly, so that the already ethereal beauty of the music is given an additional expressive dimension; the harmonic implications of the lines are expanded while the modern ear is satisfied. (Grego Applegate Edwards,,6/22/2012
A sense of trembling faith runs through the work. Culminating in the painstakingly beautiful ”In Paradisum” where angelic choirs greet you, not with blinding timbres, but with a sea of light that sucks you right in.
Martin Nyström, Dagens Nyheter,4/12/2012
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