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(b 1958 )

It is almost exclusively as an instrumental composer that Bent Sørensen has made his name since the mid-eighties as one of the most listenable Danish composers of his generation, at the international as well as the national level; in the early years especially in a long succession of chamber music works, including the four string quartets that now feature centrally in the oeuvre, but in the course of the 1990s also with a growing number of works for large orchestra: the cantata The Echoing Garden (1990-92), his only symphony so far (1995-96), and the three solo concertos – the violin concerto Sterbende Gärten (1992-93, awarded the Music Prize of the Nordic Council), the trombone concerto Birds and Bells (1995) and the piano concerto La Notte (1996-98). By contrast Bent Sørensen has written very few vocal works – apart from The Echoing Garden in fact only the choral work In Paradisum (1994-95, 2002) and a number of smaller songs as well as his principal work to date, the opera Under the Sky, which was premiered at the Royal Danish Theatre in 2003. But that is not to say that his music is not dramatic and evocative. On the contrary, it is very much so. That is, at once quiet and intensely present, half in shadow and full of purling motion like memories from a remote, ruined past that urges itself upon us here and now. It is music that often seems to make memory itself its theme, to evoke memories or unconscious recollections – with all the shadow plays, displacements and obscurities of memory; music where the story is not only present as something outside us, something that can be observed or treated like an object, but is within ourselves, constantly lives with us and is also interpreted in terms of the present.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Chamber Music - RUDERS, P. / NØRGÅRD, P. / ABRAHAMSEN, H. / SØRENSEN, B. (Through the Looking Glass) (Alpha) Dacapo
Chamber Music
NORGARD: Lygtemaendene tager til byen / SORENSEN: Den lille havfrue Dacapo
Choral - Secular
Piano Trios (Danish) - SORENSEN, B. / NORGARD, P. / ABRAHAMSEN, H. (Phantasmagoria) (Trio con Brio Copenhagen) Dacapo
Chamber Music
RASMUSSEN / SORENSEN: Arditti String Quartet Dacapo
DCCD 9003a-3b
Chamber Music
Recorder Recital: Petri, Michala - SØRENSEN, B. / GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P. / RASMUSSEN, S. / CHRISTENSEN, M. / CLAUSEN, T. (Nordic Sound) OUR Recordings
ROYAL DANISH ACADEMY OF MUSIC (THE) (150 Years) (1867-2017) Dacapo
Chamber Music
SORENSEN : Sterbende Garten / The Echoing Garden Dacapo
SØRENSEN, B.: Choral Music (Snowbells) (Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Hillier) Dacapo
Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
SØRENSEN, B.: Intermezzi / Sounds Like You (Mads and Marie Louise Wille, Lixenberg, Asmussen, Dausgaard) Dacapo
Vocal, Orchestral
SØRENSEN, B.: Mignon (Gislinge, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Storgårds) Dacapo
Instrumental, Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral, Chamber Music
SORENSEN, B.: Piano Concerto, "La Notte" / Sieben Sehnsuchte / The Masque of the Red Death (Alberman, Hind, BBC Symphony, Schonwandt) Dacapo
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Concertos
SORENSEN, B.: Requiem / OCKEGHEM, J.: Missa pro defunctis (Hillier) Dacapo
Choral - Sacred
SØRENSEN, B.: Rosenbad / Pantomime / Fantasia Appassionata (Gislinge, Stenhammar Quartet, Esbjerg Ensemble) Dacapo
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
SORENSEN: Shadowland Dacapo
Chamber Music

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