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

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



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28th April 2008




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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.

Rued Langgaard: Symphony No. 1, "Klippepastoraler" (Pastorals of the Rocks)

I. Braendinger og Solglimt (Surf and Glimpses of Sun): Maestoso

II. Fjeldblomster (Mountain Flowers): Lento

III. Sagn (Legend): Lento

IV. Opad Fjeldet (Mountain Ascent): Marcato - Andante e con espressione - Tempo I

V. Livsmod (Courage): Maestoso allargando

BBC Music Magazine

August 2008


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

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