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With a generous playing time of 82 minutes, this is a wide-ranging exploration of the music of Danish composer Fini Henriques (1867-1940). Together with Louis Glass and Nielsen, Henriques was a member of the generation born in the 1860s who contributed to a national stylistic renewal in Denmark.

What we hear here is a gorgeously characterful creator, whose Billedbogen (Picture Book) continues the line of Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Album für die Jugend. The mode of expression in these 20 pieces is of utmost simplicity, beautifully rendered by Bjørkøe. The Melodiske profiler (Silhouettes) is fascinating in its mix of childlike simplicity and harmonic sophistication. Bjørkøe once more finds the heart of the music. Finally, an intoxicating rendition of the Lisztian Erotik. A fabulous recording.

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