Release date:5th Jan 2009
Medium:SACD (download also available)
Langgaard - Symphonies Nos. 15 and 16
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Rued Langgaard (1893-1952) was an odd, lonely figure in Danish music. His 16 symphonies make up a thought-provoking, original contribution to the history of the symphony.
The last two symphonies are both brief, but are musically very different. In No. 15 we find modernist features, while No. 16 can be called a personal testament in the spirit of Romanticism.
The CD concludes with a couple of early orchestral pieces and three world premiere recordings of late works.
This is the final disc in Dacapo’s successful and highly acclaimed series of Langgaard’s symphonies recorded by Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard.
Rued Langgaard: Drapa (On the Death of Edvard Grieg), BVN 20 (1913 final version)
Drapa (On the Death of Edvard Grieg), BVN 20 (1913 final version)
Rued Langgaard: Sfinx (Sphinx), BVN 37 (1913 revised version)
Sfinx (Sphinx), BVN 37 (1913 revised version)
Rued Langgaard: Hvidbjerg-Drapa, BVN 343
Hvidbjerg-Drapa, BVN 343
Rued Langgaard: Danmarks Radio (Radio Denmark), BVN 351
Danmarks Radio (Radio Denmark), BVN 351
Rued Langgaard: Res absurda!?, BVN 354
Res absurda!?, BVN 354
Rued Langgaard: Symphony No. 15, BVN 375, "Sostormen" (The Sea Storm)
I. Bevaeget (Moving)
III. Adagio funebre
IV. Finale: Allegro molto agitato
Rued Langgaard: Symphony No. 16, BVN 417, "Syndflod af Sol" (Sun Deluge)
III. Straffedans (Punishment Dance)
IV. Elegi (Elegy)