»...Magle's music-making is highly creative, sometimes visionary«
»...dramatic window-rattlers alternating with pieces that are serenely uplifting or contemplative and others again that are mischievously eccentric or playful. To complement this there is also a steady flow of ideas, expertly implemented (...) At no point in the two hours is the listener's attention given cause to flag; yet the music is often so emotionally intense that, between discs, a cup of tea at the very least is advisable«
- MusicWeb International
»...Frederik Magle does not write music for the sake of music. It is not a display of different composition techniques and attitudes. Instead he wants to express something, tell a story, and he uses his technique to create atmospheres and make an impact.«
I am from time to time asked what kind of music I compose, either by people unfamiliar with it or by people who have heard some of my music but can't quite classify it. I always find myself unable to fully answer that question.
My foundation is unarguably the "classical music" of the western tradition and a majority of my compositions are listed as contemporary classical music, but that can mean many things. To me it simply means composing new (contemporary) music utilizing a measure of traditional (classical) techniques and methods. One such technique is writing scores for others to play, though not all classical music have to be written down; improvisations, for example, do not.
Regardless of how to classify or name it, all I really can say is that I compose - and play - the kind of music I myself like to hear without worries about genre, and I invite you to explore it here, letting the music speak for itself.
Feel free to contact me directly or through the music forums with any questions, comments, thoughts, and ideas you may have.«
Frederik Magle conducting in the Copenhagen Concert Hall, September 10, 2011
Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D-Minor BWV 565
Free high quality MP3 download of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-minor performed live by Frederik Magle on the world famous pipe organ in Riga Cathedral.