Holmboe: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 3 (Sinfonia rustica); Symphony No. 10

COMPOSERS: Holmboe
LABELS: BIS
WORKS: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 3 (Sinfonia rustica); Symphony No. 10
PERFORMER: Århus SO/Owain Arwel Hughes
CATALOGUE NO: CD-605 DDD
The 12 symphonies of Vagn Holmboe (born in 1909) aren’t widely known outside his native Denmark, but ought to be. Of the three here (from 1935, 1941 and 1971, respectively) the Tenth is wonderfully, physically orchestrated. Authentic in the sense of Schmidt’s Nielsen or Berglund’s Sibelius, Owain Arwel Hughes’s Holmboe cycle shouldn’t be missed for its instinctive vision, keen dramatic sense, compelling playing and glorious sound. Ates Orga

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