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Kammerkoncert No 1 'Solen skinner altid på Beirut'

2008; 'The sun shines always on Beirut'

Kammerkoncert No 1 was commissioned by the Danish Chamber Players / Storstrøms Kammerensemble, which has its seat at the Fuglsang manor in Lolland.

The music is mainly based on Lebanese folk songs and songs of J.P.E. Hartmann and Carl Nielsen. J.P.E. Hartmann was the grandfather of Bodil Neergaard, who owned Fuglsang with her husband Viggo, and Carl Nielsen was a close friend of the house. The title ‘The Sun Shines Always On Beirut’ refers to a statement by Carl Nielsen: “The sun shines always on Fuglsang.”

The different songs are varied and evolve in a rhapsodic form. They appear in the following order: Ya mayla aal ghoussoun (Oh yee that languish with the branches) [Lebanese folk song], Nu skal det åbenbares (Now it is revealed) [J.P.E. Hartmann, 1868], Nassam alayna el Hawa (Love blows over us like a breeze) [Assi and Mansour Rahbani], Derfor kan vort øje glædes (So our eye can be happy) [Carl Nielsen, 1920], Dallaa ya dallaa (How spoiled, oh how spoiled you are) [Farid el Atrache, 1915-1974], Tunge, mørke natteskyer (Heavy, dark night clouds) [Carl Nielsen, 1917], Nu lyser løv i lunde (Now lit leaves in groves) [Carl Nielsen, 1921] and Ya teyra tiri ya hamamat (O fly, sweet dove, fly) [Lebanese folk song].

from notes by Signum Classics © 2012


Hakim: Sakskøbing Præludier & other works
SIGCD296Download only


Track 13 on SIGCD296 [12'00] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD296 track 13

Recording date
16 September 2011
Recording venue
Vangede Kirke, Gentofte, Denmark
Recording producer
Augustin Parsy
Recording engineer
Augustin Parsy
Hyperion usage
  1. Hakim: Sakskøbing Præludier & other works (SIGCD296)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 2012
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