Publications, published by Dacapo Records Records

Orchestral works

  • The Symphonic Edition Vol. 1 | CD 8.226146 | (2011)
  • The Symphonic Edition Vol. 2 | CD 8.226147 | (2013)
    Riisager’s orchestra music, dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, represents a chaotic confusion of brilliance and temperaments. Festivity, flippancy and future fervency.
  • The Symphonic Edition Vol. 3 | CD 8.226148 | (2014)
  • Orkesterværker | CD 8.224082 | (1997)
    Riisager’s music is blessed with the same esprit as his French ideals – not least in his catching ballet music from the 1930s.
  • SACD 6.220584 | (2010)
    A sparkling SACH republication of Riisager’s most colourful neoclassical works.
Violin works
  • SACD 6.220594 | (2012)
  • Violin Concerto – Etudes | CD 8.226145 | (2018)
  • Violin Works | (2013)
    The violin was Riisager’s personal instrument, and in his violin works we encounter his unsurpassed, mischievous personality – in the most direct manner.
Ballet music
  • Benzin
  • SACD 6.220527 | (2008)
    First recording ever of this batty and wonderfully outrageous ballet from 1928.
  • Qarrtsiluni
  • Månerenen (The moon reindeer)
  • CD 8.226022 | (2005)
    The formidable Greenland orchestral explosion, Qarrtsiluni, and the masterpiece, The moon reindeer.
Chamber music
  • CD 8.224081 | (1997)
    Sharp and acute music by Denmark’s most brilliant composer of the 1920s.
Piano works
  • CD 8.226004 | (2004)
    Highly praised CD with Riisager’s accentuated and witty piano music from the mid-20th century
The picture book
  • CD 8.224703 | (2005)
    Piano music for children and the young at heart, written by for instance Carl Nielsen and Fini Henriques.

Selected publications by other record companies

  • CHAN 9432
    Riisager Études, Quartsiluni Opus 36, Symphony Orchestra Gennady Rozhdestvensky Chandos | (1995).
  • Etudes SLS 842
    London festival ballet gala
    Night Shadow Études.
Children’s songs
  • What are they singing about, Folkeskolens Musiklærerforening (The association of music teachers in Danish elementary schools): FM-CD-173, by DANISCO | (1995).
  • The wheels on the bus by ELAP, Grethe Mogensen and Dragørbørnene (The children from Dragør) Copyright EMI-Medley A/S | (1996).

Publications on Knudåge Riisager (available in the Danish (or Swedish) language only)

  • Gustav Hetsch: “Knudåge Riisager”, Musik. Tidsskrift for Tonekunst (“Knudåge Riisager”, Music. Journal of the art of music), IX/12 (1925), pp.139-141.
  • Helge Bonnén: “Knudåge Riisager”, Dansk Musik-Tidsskrift (“Knudåge Riisager”, Danish music magazine [1925-2010]), I/7 (1926), pp.109-112.
  • Jürgen Balzer: “Knudåge Riisager. Danske komponister 1.” Dansk Musiktidsskrift (“Knudåge Riisager. Danish composers 1.” Danish music magazine), VIII/3 (1933), pp.56-57.
  • Jürgen Balzer: “Knudåge Riisager: Sinfonia opus 30″, Dansk Musiktidsskrift (“Knudåge Riisager: Sinfonia opus 30″, Danish music magazine), X/10 (1935), pp.249-250.
  • Richard Hove: “Riisager, Knudåge”, Dansk biografisk Leksikon 2.udg. bd.19 (“Riisager, Knudåge”, the, then, Danish biographical lexicon, 2nd ed. vol.19), (1940), pp.518-521.
  • Jürgen Balzer: “Knudåge Riisagers ‘Qarrtsiluni’”, levende musik I /2 (“Knudåge Riisager’s ‘Qarrtsiluni’”, Live Music 1 /2), (1942), pp.26-29.
  • Nils Schiørring: “De tre Riisager-Balletter [Tolv med Posten, Slaraffenland, Qarrtsiluni]“, Dansk Musiktidsskrift XVII/3, (The three Riisager ballets [Twelve by mail coach, Land of milk and honey, Qarrtsiluni], Danish music magazine XVII/3, (1942), pp.58-63.
  • Holger Jerrild: “Hos komponisten Knudåge Riisager”, Emil Frederiksen (ed.): Gads danske Magasin, bd.38 (“Visiting the composer Knudåge Riisager”, Gad’s Danish magazine [a Copenhagen magazine, discontinued in 1952], vol. 38), (1944), pp.476-484.
  • Knud Wissum: “Samtale med Komponisten Knudåge Riisager”, levende musik III/10 (“A conversation with the composer, Knudåge Riisager”, Live Music III/10, (1944), pp.269-272.
  • Sigurd Berg and Svend Bruhns: Knudåge Riisagers Kompositioner. En fortegnelse ved Sigurd Berg og Svend Bruhns. København: Dansk Komponist-Forening, (Knudåge Riisager’s compositions. An index by Sigurd Berg and Svend Bruhns), Copenhagen: Danish Composers’ Society, 1967.
  • Bo Wallner: Vår tids musik i Norden. Från 20-tal till 60-tal. København et al.: Nordiska Musikförlaget et al., (Contemporary Nordic music from the 1920s to the 1960s. Copenhagen et al.: Nordiska Musikförlaget/ Gehrmans Musikförlag [Scandinavian music publishing house] et al., 1968.
  • Nils Schiørring: Musikkens Historie i Danmark bd.3. København: Politikens Forlag, (The history of music in Denmark, vol. 3. Copenhagen: Politiken’s publishing house,1978.
  • Bengt Johnsson: “Knudåge Riisagers klavermusik”, dmt LV/5 (1981), s.233-239 “Knudåge Riisager’s piano music”, dmt LV/5 (1981), pp. 233-239.
  • Nils Schiørring: “Riisager, Knudåge”, Dansk biografisk leksikon 3. udg. bd.12 (1982), “Riisager, Knudåge”, the, then, Danish biographical lexicon, 3rd ed. vol.12), (1982), pp.219-222.
  • Knudåge Riisager: Symfonien er død – musiken leve og andre essays, Det Kongelige Bibliotek 1997, udgivet af Niels Krabbe. Med indledning af Sven Erik Werner og bibliografi (14 sider) over Riisagers litterære værker. (Bogen kan købes fra Det Kongelig Bibliotek), (The symphony is dead – long live the music and other essays, The Royal Danish Library 1997, published by Niels Krabbe. With introduction by Sven Erik Werner, including a bibliography (14 pages) of Riisager’s literary works. (The book can be purchased from the Royal Danish Library)).
  • Michael Fjeldsøe: Den fortrængte modernisme – den ny musik i dansk musikliv 1920-1940. (The displaced modernism – the new music in Danish music life 1920-1940). Copenhagen: Hr Nilsson, 1999.
  • Claus Røllum Larsen: Knudåge Riisager komponist og skribent. Museum Tusculanum, Det Kongelige Bibliotek (Knudåge Riisager, composer and man of letters. Museum Tusculanum, the Royal Danish Library, 2015.

Reproduction of the list by the kind permission of Claus Røllum Larsen.