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Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Antikrist is a religious mystery opera, a magnificent doomsday vision and a full length nightmare. No punches are pulled as the composer’s breathtaking revelation unfolds with its intriguing allegorical characters and its powerful statement about the moral decay of modern society.


Sten Byriel (bass), Anne Margrethe Dahl (soprano), Helene Gjerris (soprano), Poul Elming (tenor), Johnny van Hal (tenor), Jon Ketilsson (tenor), John Lundgren (baritone), Camilla Nylund (soprano) & Susanne Resmark (mezzo-soprano)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, Thomas Dausdaard

“Langgaard’s Antikrist is fabulous – a genuine, undiscovered, eccentric masterpiece” Classics Today

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Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Langgaard, R: Antikrist

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Sten Byriel (bass), Anne Margrethe Dah (soprano), Poul Elming (tenor) & Helene Gjerris (soprano)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Thomas Dausgaard

“A splendid issue!” Gramophone Magazine DVD OF THE MONTH

““Thomas Dausgaard leads an absolutely magnificent performance in all respects. It's also beautifully recorded in unobtrusively natural surround-sound (or stereo), with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, and Danish--and Dacapo's booklet notes are outstandingly informative.”” Classics Today 10/10

“…the opera is not without its problems. Staffan Holm's solution is simple but effective, with a staging, set in the beautiful Ridehuset (Riding School) in Copenhagen, treating the opera as a modern mystery play where church members (who have a 19th-century feel) come together to act out this moralistic fable, the sect leader - who takes the role of Lucifer - assigning the roles. Lucifer only sings in the prologue but is choreographed throughout, watching and pulling strings. ...once Susanne Resmark takes centre stage as Despondency in Scene 3, the whole concept comes together. The cast is very strong... but greatest plaudits go to Thomas Dausgaard for moulding the superb accompaniment...” Gramophone Magazine, December 2005

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Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Sung in Danish


Sten Byriel (bass), Anne Margrethe Dahl (soprano), Poul Elming (tenor), John Lundgren (baritone), Camilla Nylund (soprano) & Susanne Resmark (mezzo-soprano)

Danish National Choir & Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard

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Subtitles: English, German and French

Dacapo's very first Blu-ray production features Rued Langgaard's powerful vision of the coming of Antikrist in the spectacular co-production with the Royal Danish Opera and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) from 2002.

No punches are pulled as the composer's breathtaking revelation unfolds with its intriguing allegorical characters and its powerful statement about the moral decay of modern society.

“Langgaard’s Antikrist is fabulous – a genuine, undiscovered, eccentric masterpiece.” Classics Today

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Langgaard, R: Symphony No. 1 'Klippepastoraler' (Pastoral of the Rocks)

Langgaard, R: Symphony No. 1 'Klippepastoraler' (Pastoral of the Rocks)


Rued Langgaard completed his first symphony at the age of just 17. No Danish composer had hitherto written such an ambitious, demanding, long symphony, and indeed it was described as unplayable. However, in 1913 it was given its first performance with great success by the Berlin Philharmonic under Max Fiedler. Langgaard’s models were Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Bruckner, but the work exhibits striking, original features and offers a rich journey from the foot of the mountain where the surf breaks against the rocks until one reaches the magnificent, wide view at the summit.

“Neeme Järvi's Chandos version may be more seductive in parts, but it's Dausgaard who keeps this gigantic ship securely on course.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2008 ****

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Danish Golden Age Piano Trios

Danish Golden Age Piano Trios


Gade, N:

Movement for piano trio in B flat major

Hartmann, J P E:

Andantino and 8 Variations in C major

Henriques:

Bornetrio (Children's Trio) in G major, Op. 31

Lange-Müller:

Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 53

Langgaard, R:

Fjeldblomster


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Danish Romantic Piano Trios

Danish Romantic Piano Trios


Gade, N:

Piano Trio in F major, Op. 42

Movement for piano trio in B flat major

Lange-Müller:

Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 53

Langgaard, R:

Fjeldblomster


Danish Piano Trio: Lars Bjørnkjær (violin), Toke Møldrup (cello), Katrine Gislinge (piano)

This debut album from the Danish Piano Trio presents a fascinating string of Romantic trios.

From the perfectly balanced world of Danish music’s ‘godfather’ Niels W Gade, to the sensitive and dramatic turn-of-the-century art of P E Lange-Müller, the album concludes with the beautiful single-movement Mountain Flowers from 1908 by the hyper-Romantic prodigy Rued Langgaard.

“Katrine Gislinge's playing [is] full of fluency and tenderness” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Langgaard - Messis

Langgaard - Messis


Langgaard, R:

In ténebras exteriores for Orgel (BVN 334)

Messis - organ drama in three evenings

Første aften: Messis, BVN 228a

Anden aften: Juan, BVN 228b

Tredje aften: Begravet i helvede, BVN 228c

Postludium til Messis, BVN 228d


Flemming Dreisig (Copenhagen Cathedral Organ)

In the 1930s the Late Romantic outsider Rued Langgaard concentrated on a single composition: Messis, a visionary organ drama of the end of the world.

As one of the most expansive works in organ literature it is also a compendium of a vanished Romantic era which goes to the heart of Langgaard’s religious view of art.

In ténebras exteriores (Buried in Hell) from 1947 builds further on Messis, but in this case it is Langgaard’s sarcastic pessimism that predominates.

Flemming Dreisig is the organist at Copenhagen Cathedral. He has held this post, the most prestigious in Denmark for an organist, since 2003.

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Langgaard: Music of the Spheres

Langgaard: Music of the Spheres


Langgaard, R:

Music of the Spheres, for soprano, chorus, orchestra and distant orchestra, BVN 128

Endens Tid (The End of Time), BVN 243

Fra Dybet (From the Deep), BVN 414


Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano), Hetna Regitze Bruun (mezzo-soprano), Johan Reuter (baritone) & Peter Lodahl (tenor)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Danish National Concert Choir, Thomas Dausgaard

Music of the Spheres is a symphonic work of great complexity, calling for a large orchestra, organ and choir, a supporting (distant) orchestra including a soprano voice, and a further piano on which the strings are played directly rather than via the keys.

For this new and important recording, Dausgaard couples Music of the Spheres with two later works by Langgaard - The Time of the End and From the Deep - bringing an overview to the composer’s music over a period of 35 years.

Thomas Dausgaard and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra will be performing the UK premiere of Music of the Spheres at this year’s Proms on 11th August.

“It's not great music, but it is startling for many of the effects it employs, using a huge orchestra with enormous restraint in a frieze-like construction juxtaposing mundane Romantic rhetoric with the textural and spatial ideas that attracted Ligeti's attention.” The Guardian, 5th August 2010 ***

“Langgaard worked with texture and colour, and the forms he used are static or repetitive rather than organic. Yet, for me, there’s a disquieting naivety about this piece. Thomas Dausgaard and his fine forces are undeniably ardent champions.” Sunday Times, 5th September 2010 ***

“Dausgaard draw[s] every subtlety from a score whose often hushed dynamic level does not preclude a wealth of textual and motivic detail” International Record Review, September 2010

“Amazing, sometimes banal but never dull.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 *****

“Dausgaard's interpretation, brought vividly to this year's Proms to much acclaim, accentuates the textural subtleties of the score in a vibrant recording that achieves amazing quietude...[From the Abyss] rounds out this superbly played and recorded disc splendidly. Highly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

Presto Disc of the Week

16th August 2010

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

Choral Finalist

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Langgaard - Rose Garden Songs

Langgaard - Rose Garden Songs


Langgaard, R:

Lokkende toner, BVN 112

Sæterjenten, BVN 114

Høstfuglen, BVN 141A

Rosengaardsviser, BVN 164

O, Gud ske lov; det hjemad går, BVN 65, version a

Når engang i fjerne tider, BVN 90

Gid du ville sønderrive, BVN 310

Hymne, BVN 295

Den store mester kommer, BVN 175

Døden er den sidste fjende, BVN 239

Tordner det fra mørkets sky, BVN 423

Ophøj dig, Gud, BVN 294

Tusind år stod Kristi kirke, BVN 345

Den store mester kommer, BVN 240

I morgenen, BVN 428

In memoriam Ansgarius, BVN 286

Op, I kristne, ruster eder, BVN 290

Døden er den sidste fjende, BVN 240

Når livets pilgrimsvandring går på hæld, BVN 323

Den ypperligste vej, BVN 390 version b


This mixed choir a cappella disc is distinctive music from a gentler Langgaard than usual, rich in inward, romantic sounds and a perfect vehicle for Ars Nova Copenhagen under Tamás Vetö.

This previously-released, acclaimed recording has now been given new life in outstanding SACD sound quality.

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Langgaard: String Quartets Volume 1

Langgaard: String Quartets Volume 1


Langgaard, R:

String Quartet No. 2, BVN 145

String Quartet No. 3, BVN 183

String Quartet No. 6, BVN 160

Variations for String Quartet 'Mig Hjertelig nu Laenges' ('O sacred head! Now wounded')


The string quartets of Danish music's eccentric outsider Rued Langgaard are passionate works of the composer's youth, representing both his nostalgically romantic side and his profoundly visionary modernity.

This recording series presents all 8 quartets in the award-winning young Nightingale String Quartet's distinctly dramatic interpretation based on the revised Rued Langgaard Edition.

“The string quartets are the product of his turbulent youth, so it is fitting that they should be played by Denmark's new star quartet, the Nightingale...They have an uncanny affinity with Langgaard's wildly moody music and conjure plenty of exquisite moments on this surprisingly rewarding recording.” The Observer, 1st April 2012

“That it makes the impact it does here is owing to the Nightingale Quartet, whose individual and collective virtuosity is always at the service of Langgard's vision.” International Record Review, May 2012

“This young Danish ensemble throws itself into the music with a vehemence and sense of purpose...Dacapo's re-recording of these works is more than welcome; and to call the second volume 'eagerly anticpiated' would be a massive understatement” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

“it soon becomes clear that this composer doesn't think like anyone else. The ideas can be lively, beautiful, touching, at times more than a little weird...Crucially the Nightingale Quartet understand all these aspects: the provocative vitality, the fragile romantic sensitivity and the striking intellectual independence behind it all. It's all beautifully recorded too.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 *****

“such are the breadth and depth of Langgaard's action-packed 'modernist conservatism', and so persuasive are these readings...by the young Nightingale String Quartet, making their debut to boot, that this disc really does demand pecuniary issues be put aside.” MusicWeb International, April 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2012

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - June 2012

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013

Chamber Finalist

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