Free MP3 and lossless audio excerpts from the first performance of the symphonic suite Cantabile's 2nd and 3rd movements on June 10th (2009) in the Copenhagen Concert Hall at the royal gala concert celebrating the 75th birthday of H.R.H. Henrik, the Prince Consort of Denmark.
First, excerpts from the second symphonic poem (2nd movement) from Cantabile; The »Cortège & Danse Macabre« (Procession and Dance of Death - or in this case perhaps more appropriately "Dance of the Dead". See the text below). Dark music, sometimes ominous, yet also with glimpses of tragic humor. The music depicts a procession of the dead - dancing. But they don't know they are dead, they don't know where, or even who, they are. And yet they are dancing, dancing towards the inevitable, their grave, the eternal.• Click here to download a large excerpt from »Cortège & Danse Macabre« (MP3)
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(bar 100-280, 6:36 min., 15.9 MB, 320 kbps MP3 format)
Or click either of the following links to download the same excerpt in "lossless" formats (full 44.1KHz/16bit CD quality):
•• Cortège & Danse Macabre (WAV, 69.9 MB) •• Cortège & Danse Macabre (FLAC, 34.0 MB) •• Cortège & Danse Macabre (Apple Lossless, 34.4 MB)
• Click to download 3 smaller additional excerpts from the beginning of »Cortège & Danse Macabre« (MP3)
(2:32 min., 3.5 MB, 192 kbps MP3 format)
Secondly, an excerpt from the third and final symphonic poem (3rd movement) from the Cantabile suite; The »Carillon«. A "bell-like" theme is heard throughout the movement. «Carillon« begins with conflicting emotions; the luring - sometimes joyous, sometimes sentimental - yet simple hymnic melody of "L'Angelus" is contrasted with the brutality and complexity of reality (read the poem below).
The second half, which is heard in the excerpt, is based on the poem "Lacrymae mundi" (Tears of the world). It begins with a flowing choir, building up to full orchestra, and then concludes the whole work, returning to the theme of the first movement "Souffle le vent" at the very end.• Click here to download an excerpt from »Carillon« (MP3)
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(2:50 min., 6.8 MB, 320 kbps MP3 format)
Or select a "lossless" format:
•• Carillon (WAV, 30.1 MB) •• Carillon (FLAC, 16.9 MB) •• Carillon (Apple Lossless, 17.0 MB)
• Click here to download a small additional excerpt from »Carillon« (MP3)
(0:51 min., 2.1 MB, 320 kbps MP3 format)
• Click here to download a small additional excerpt from »Carillon« (WAV)
(0:51 min., 9 MB, uncompressed WAVE format)
Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DR SymfoniOrkestret) and Choir, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard.
Ina Kringlebotn, soprano (»Carillon«)
Erlend Tyrmi, baritone (»Danse Macabre« and »Carillon«)
Frederik Magle, piano (»Carillon«)
»Souffle le vent«, the first movement of the »Cantabile« suite was given its premiere performance in 2004. MP3 Excerpts of »Souffle le vent« are available for download here.
3 flutes (3rd: Piccolo),If you would like to hear the work in full, please let me know by private message or email.
2 oboes (2nd: English Horn)
1 Bass Clarinet
1 Contrabass Tuba
Piano (3rd movement; »Carillon«)
Organ (2nd and 3rd movements; »Danse Macabre« and »Carillon«)
Soprano Soloist (1st and 3rd movements; »Souffle le vent« and »Carillon«)
Mixed Choir/Chorus (S,S,A,A,T,T,B,B)
More still pictures:
The »Cortège & Danse Macabre« and »Carillon« from the symphonic suite »Cantabile« is copyright © Frederik Magle. Please do not hotlink to the audio files without posting a link to this page (or magle.dk) as well. The music has been uploaded to this site for free download with the consent of the copyright holders and in accordance with Danish and international copyright law.
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