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NIELS WILHELM GADE  

(1817 - 1890)

The Danish composer Niels Gade started his musical career as a violinist in the Danish Royal Orchestra. His first success as a composer came in 1840 with his overture Echoes of Ossian. His First Symphony was accepted by Mendelssohn and performed by the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, where Gade met Mendelssohn and Schumann, succeeding the former as conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in 1847. The following year he returned to Denmark, where he came to assume a leading position in the musical life of the country, writing music in a style greatly influenced by Mendelssohn and Schumann.

Orchestral Music

Gade’s orchestral music includes eight symphonies, a violin concerto, several concert overtures, and the evocative A Summer’s Day in the Country (five pieces for orchestra).

Chamber Music

Gade’s chamber music includes the mature String Quartet in D, two string quintets, a string sextet and string octet, the Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano, and three violin sonatas.

Piano Music

Piano music by Gade, items of which once formed a general part of popular amateur repertoire, includes a piano sonata, fantasy pieces, and Akvareller (‘Watercolours’) – attractive brief sketches.

Vocal and Choral Music

Gade’s vocal and choral music ranges from the Wagnerian Baldur’s Dream to the cantatas Zion and Psyche written for the Birmingham Festival, testimony to Gade’s international reputation. The earlier Comala reflects his interest in Ossian, and Elverskud (‘Elf-King’s Daughter’) is Scandinavian in choice of subject and treatment. In his later music Gade’s nationalism was subsumed in the German musical idiom that he had experienced in Leipzig.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
CHRISTMAS Danske Julesalmer og Sange (Danish Christmas Hymns) Naxos 8.502001
Nordic Classical Favourites Naxos 8.504037

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BRUDENS GUIDE TIL BRYLLUPS MUSIK (A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music) Naxos
8.557562
Orchestral
CANDLELIGHT CAROLS BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5028
Orchestral
Christmas Carols From Around the World Naxos
8.503109
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Danske Julesalmer og Sange, Vol. 1 (Danish Christmas Hymns, Vol. 1) (Musica Ficta, Holten) Naxos
8.553998
Choral - Sacred
Clarinet and Piano Recital: Ashkenazy, Dimitri / Ashkenazy, Vladimir - GADE, N.W. / ESCHMANN, J.C. / REINECKE, C. / NIELSEN, C. (Father and Son) Paladino Music
PMR0030
Chamber Music
DANISH CHRISTMAS (A) Naxos
8.554627
Choral - Sacred
Danish Classical Favourites Naxos
8.550995
Orchestral
Danish Classical Favourites Naxos
8.554007
Orchestral
Danish Golden Age Music Dacapo
8.224020
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental
Danish Golden Age Piano Trios Dacapo
DCCD 9310
Chamber Music
DANISH ROMANCE FOR MEDITATION Naxos
8.570557
Orchestral
Den danske sangskat (Treasure of Danish Songs), Vol. 2 - Sange dra Romantikken (Songs in Romantic Era) Naxos
8.554964
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Vocal Ensemble, Choral - Secular
Den danske sangskat (Treasure of Danish Songs), Vol. 6 - Danske salmer (Danish Hymns) Naxos
8.554976
Choral - Sacred
DER ER ET YNDIGT LAND Dacapo
8.224141
Orchestral, Opera, Orchestral
GADE, N.: Elverskud / Fruhlings-Phantasie Dacapo
8.224051
Choral - Secular, Orchestral
GADE, N.: Piano Music, Vol. 1 Dacapo
DCCD 9115
Instrumental
GADE, N.: Piano Music, Vol. 2 Dacapo
DCCD 9116
Instrumental
GADE, N.: Piano Music, Vol. 3 Dacapo
DCCD 9117
Instrumental
GADE, N.: String Quartets Dacapo
8.224015
Chamber Music
GADE, N.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 Dacapo
DCCD 9201
Orchestral
GADE, N.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 Dacapo
DCCD 9004
Orchestral
GADE, N.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6 Dacapo
DCCD 9202
Orchestral
GADE, N.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 Dacapo
DCCD 9301
Orchestral
GADE, N.W.: Symphonies (Stockholm Sinfonietta, Jarvi) BIS
BIS-CD-1835-36
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Choral - Secular
GADE, N.W.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Astrand, Salo) Dacapo
8.226066
Chamber Music
GADE, N.W.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Borup, Conner) Naxos
8.570524
Chamber Music
GADE: Chamber Music BIS
BIS-CD-545
Chamber Music
GADE: Complete Solo Organ Music BIS
BIS-CD-496
Instrumental
GADE: Complete Symphonies, Vol. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-338
Orchestral
GADE: Complete Symphonies, Vol. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-339
Orchestral
GADE: Complete Symphonies, Vol. 3 BIS
BIS-CD-355
Orchestral
GADE: Complete Symphonies, Vol. 4 BIS
BIS-CD-356
Orchestral
GADE: Elverskud / Fruhlings-Phantasie Naxos
8.554958
Orchestral
GADE: Korsfarerne (The Crusaders) BIS
BIS-CD-465
Choral - Secular
GADE: String Quartets BIS
BIS-CD-516
Chamber Music
HARTMANN, J.P.E. / GADE: Works for Organ Dacapo
8.226026
Instrumental
JUL I DEN GAMLE BY (Christmas in the Old Town) (Aarhus Academic Choir, Faurschou) Naxos
8.573150
Choral - Sacred
King Frederik IX Conducts the Danish National Radio Symphony Dacapo
8.224158-59
Orchestral
SCANDINAVIAN STRING MUSIC Amadis
7132
Orchestral
SCHMIDT / JANSSON: Oresund Symphony (The) / GADE: Violin Concerto BIS
BIS-CD-672
Concertos
SKONA GRONA DAGAR (BEAUTIFUL GREEN DAYS) Naxos
8.503068
Orchestral
SKØNNE GRØNNE DAGE (Beautiful Green Days) Naxos
8.578202
Orchestral
Violin Concertos (Danish) - GADE, N.W. / LANGE-MULLER, P.E. / LANGGAARD, R. (Astrand, Tampere Philharmonic, Storgards) Dacapo
6.220562
Concertos
Vocal Music - NIELSEN, C. / KUHLAU, F. / WEYSE, C.E.F. / HARTMANN, J.P.E. (The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs) (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier) Dacapo
6.220568
Choral - Secular, Vocal Ensemble
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