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Herman D. Koppel (1908-98) was one of the greatest Danish musical personalities of the twentieth century. Hard-working as a composer, pianist and teacher, he was the patriarch of a musical dynasty that has become a Danish counterpart of the Bach family in Germany.

 

In Denmark the name of Koppel has become synonymous with musicianship of highest standards ranging over three generations and innumerable genres. The Koppel family put down its roots in Denmark in 1907 when Herman D. Koppel’s parents, a Jewish couple, moved from the Polish village of Blaszki to Copenhagen. This was an age of emigrations when one in ten Danes emigrated, but when Denmark also received new blood from abroad, including thousands of poor Eastern European Jews.

 

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RAQUEL RASTENNI

 

HERMAN D. KOPPEL

 

HERMAN KOPPEL - REQUIEM (Extract)

DENMARK

Raquel Rastenni, egl. Anna Rachel Rastén, 21.8.1915-17.8.1998, dansk sanger. Med en baggrund som revydanser og refrænsanger blev hun efter sin radiodebut i 1938 knyttet til Kai Ewans' orkester.

 

I 1943 måtte hun som jøde flygte til Sverige, og efter hjemkomsten i 1945 blev hun hurtigt Danmarks mest populære refrænsangerinde.

 

Hendes perfektionistiske holdning til genren, diktion og udtale kom til at danne forbillede for den efterfølgende generation, deriblandt Gustav Winckler.

 

I 1957 blev hun den første i Danmark, der rundede 1 mio. solgte grammofonplader. I radioens ønskeprogram Giro 413 ledsagede hun i årevis hilsenerne med indspilninger som fx Hele ugen alene (1953), Vovsen i vinduet (1953), Her i vores hus (1954), Gaven til mor (1956) og Heksedansen (1960).

VICTOR BORGE

 

 PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

 

Victor Borge performs his musical comedy routine at the White House. At the show he notices all the pianos in the White House play the same tune, and has trouble playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1.