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"On the Path to H.C. Andersen tells the story of the development of the classical accordion through the imagination of Danish composers who have been inspired by the fairy-tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Some of these pieces already belong to the rapidly growing, standard repertoire for the accordion.

I have always been fascinated by Andersen’s fairy-tales – ever since I was a child in China. It was possibly this invisible connection which finally brought me to his native country, Denmark, where I found so many pieces that were somehow connected to fairy-tales and Nordic sagas, filled with atmospheres of darkness and light.

I have had the great pleasure to explore the energy and drama of Jesper Koch’s Jabberwocky, as well as the long, imaginative Nordic feast in Svend Aaquist’s Saga Night. And the personal contact with these composers has been invaluable for my interpretations. In particular, it has been interesting to work closely with Martin Lohse, who dedicated his sad and personal The Little Match Girl to me."

Hanzhi Wang

Accordion Music (Danish) - LOHSE, M. / KOCH, J. / LORENTZEN, B. / AAQUIST, S. (On the Path to H.C. Andersen)
8.573904
ON THE PATH TO H.C. ANDERSEN
Contemporary Danish Works for Accordion
LOHSE • KOCH • LORENTZEN • AAQUIST

Hanzhi Wang, Accordion

With this unique programme Hanzhi Wang takes us into the ‘fairy-tale world of the accordion’ in works by Danish composers that explore both the darkness and luminosity of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous stories. Poignant reflection and tragic depiction infuse Martin Lohse’s Menuetto and The Little Match Girl (dedicated to Hanzhi Wang), while his post-minimalist Passing series forms adventurous ‘mobiles’ of dancing light. From Jesper Koch’s quixotic Jabberwocky to Svend Aaquist’s evocative Saga Night, this new repertoire for a relatively recent concert instrument is both dramatic and uplifting.

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About the Artist
Hanzhi Wang
Up-and-coming artist Hanzhi Wang is the accordion’s perfect ambassador. Praised for her engaging stage presence and performances that are technically and musically brilliant, her career has already taken her around the globe with performances in Europe and Asia. As First Prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, she is now introducing US audiences to the accordion with recitals throughout the country, including debuts in New York at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center.
Accordion music recordings on Naxos
8.573373
CAMILLERI, C.:
Mediterranean
Piano Concerto No. 1
Accordion Concerto
Malta Suite

Farrugia • Božac
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
Vaupotić
“All the musicians on this CD relish their roles and perform with considerable panache, especially the concerto soloists.”
Fanfare
  Listen to an extract from
the Accordion Concerto:
III. Allegro vivace
8.553557
GUBAIDULINA, S.:
Seven Words • Silenzio
In Croce

Kliegel • Moser • Rabus
Camerata Transsylvanica • Selmeczi
“The combined effect of solo cello and bayan (the Russian push-button accordion) is utterly mesmeric.”
Classic CD
  Listen to an extract from
Seven Words:
Verily I say unto thee...
8.572772
GUBAIDULINA, S.:
Fachwerk • Silenzio

Draugsvoll • Loguin • Lotsberg
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Gimse
★★★★
★★★★
“Geir Draugsvoll is a mesmerising soloist … A marvellous disc.”
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★
  Listen to an extract from
Fachwerk
Danish instrumental music recordings on Naxos
“I liked [Peter Seivewright’s] way with meditative movements, and his big,
poetic tone.”
Fanfare
Buy/Stream
“Pleasingly idiomatic and flowing.”
BBC Music Magazine
8.570524
GADE, N.W.:
Violin Sonatas

Borup • Conner
★★★★
“Three fine Danish violin sonatas in beautifully shaped performances.”
Gramophone
“Highly sympathetic performances …
The recording is excellent and this disc is another real Naxos discovery.”
The Penguin Guide


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