Fini Henriques: Works for Violin & Piano Johannes Søe Hansen & Christina Bjørkøe
- Fini Henriques (1867 - 1940):
- 1Romance in D Major, Op. 4302:03
- 2Nordic Dance02:50
- 3Erotikon, Op. 5603:38
- 4Mazurka, Op. 3504:48
- 5Romance in G Major, Op. 50 "Sensommer"05:40
- 6Witches' Dance02:59
- 7Religioso, Op. 34 (Version for Violin & Piano)07:24
- 8Wiegenlied (Arr. for Violin & Piano)02:30
- Fini Henriques: Kleine bunte Reihe, Op. 20:
- 9Kleine bunte Reihe, Op. 20: No. 1, The Shepherd Lad02:29
- 10Kleine bunte Reihe, Op. 20: No. 2, Pantomime02:01
- 11Kleine bunte Reihe, Op. 20: No. 3, Yes-Men02:55
- 12Kleine bunte Reihe, Op. 20: No. 4, Menuetto03:57
- 13Kleine bunte Reihe, Op. 20: No. 4, Mosquito Dance01:07
- 14Kleine bunte Reihe, Op. 20: No. 5, Eroticism04:34
- Fini Henriques:
- 15Canzonetta, Op. 27 No. 201:39
- 17Ballerina, Op. 5102:11
- Fini Henriques: Novelettes, Op. 26:
- 18Novelettes, Op. 26: No. 1, Allegro non troppo03:14
- 19Novelettes, Op. 26: No. 2, Andante sostenuto03:43
- 20Novelettes, Op. 26: No. 3, Allegretto grotesco03:15
- 21Novelettes, Op. 26: No. 4, Allegro non troppo03:04
- Fini Henriques:
- 22Petite valse03:30
Info for Fini Henriques: Works for Violin & Piano
All of Vagn Holmboe's (1909-1996) works for violin and piano are on this CD, which contains the three violin sonatas and a handful of other small pieces for the same instruments and for solo violin. This music is from the chronological extremes of his long career, which lasted from the 1920s until the 1990s. The violin was Holmboe's own instrument and his violin works show a decidedly extroverted love of music-making. Much of the music is inspired by the folk music that Holmboe encountered and studied at the beginning of the 1930s in the Balkans and Transylvania, but also by the relatively neglected Danish fiddling tradition.
"With top-notch sound, this is a release the excellence of which puts considerations of cost into perspective...hearing the Third Sonata's opening Moderato dissolve into serenity [is] priceless." (Gramophone Magazine)
"Johannes Søe Hansen strikes the perfect balance between virtuosic and edgy bravura and a wonderful, singing sweetness" (The Strad)
Johannes Søe Hansen, violin
Christina Bjørkøe, piano
Johannes Søe Hansen
At the age of 14, Johannes Søe Hansen won the Gold Medal in the Berlingske Tidende Music Competition. Four years later he was a prizewinner in the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition. He trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Professor Milan Vitek. In 1988 he was awarded the ‘major’ Jacob Gade Grant and the ‘minor’ Sonning Prize, enabling him to study in Bern with Professor Igor Ozim. Johannes Søe Hansen made his debut as a soloist in 1990 after studies with Marta Libalova, and the next year he won the Young Soloist Competition. As a soloist, he has played with all the Danish symphony orchestras, as well as several of the other Nordic orchestras and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia. In 1992 he was engaged as leader of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, a post in which he has continued since. He has had an important parallel career as a chamber musician with concerts in Salzburg, London, Paris, Nuuk, The United Arab Emirates, Tokyo and New York with the string sextet Copenhagen Classic. Johannes Søe Hansen is also a member of the Arild Quartet and the Stadler Quintet. He has recorded for labels like EMI, CPO, Classico and Dacapo.
The Danish concert pianist Christina Bjørkøe was born in Copenhagen. At the age of 19 she was accepted by the Juilliard School of Music in New York where she studied with Seymour Lipkin, as later with Anne Oland at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. She received her first musical training from Therese Koppel.
At the age of 16 Christina Bjørkøe was already performing as a soloist with an orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist, with orchestral engagements and as chamber musician at venues in Denmark, including the Tivoli Concert Hall’s major Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert series, as well as in Sweden, Germany, Italy, The Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, France, South America, China, USA, and many domestic venues.
Christina Bjørkøe's recording of Knudåge Riisager's piano music received the Danish Music Award 2005 and 2009 her recording of Carl Nielsen: Complete Piano Works received the Danish Music Award as Solo Recording of the Year.
She twice won First Prize in the Steinway Competition and has been awarded several other prizes and grants including the prestigious Victor Borge Award.
Christina Bjørkøe is an associate professor at The Carl Nielsen Academy of Music.