Personalities | Poul Ruders | Contemporary | Classical
(Pol Roo’-dez) b. 1949
The most prolific and successful of the generation of Danish composers born after 1945, Ruders studied the organ at the Royal Danish Conservatory, turning later to composition. He gained recognition outside Denmark with ensemble works such as the exuberant Break-Dance (1984) for brass and piano; his First Symphony won a Royal Philharmonic Society prize in 1990. He has since received commissions from the BBC, the New York Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic. After its Danish premiere in 2000, his opera The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, was produced in London, Minneapolis and Toronto; a further opera, Kafka’s Trial, opened Copenhagen’s new opera house in 2005.
The Handmaid’s Tale, Royal Danish Opera Chorus and Orchestra (cond) Michael Schønwandt (DaCapo)
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