Langgaard: Music of the Spheres

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Langgaard: Music of the Spheres


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16th August 2010



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26th July 2010




71 minutes


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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



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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.

Rued Langgaard: Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128

I. Like sunbeams on a coffin decorated with sweet smelling flowers

II. Like the twinkling of stars in the blue sky at sunset

III. Like light and the depths

IV. Like the refraction of sunbeams in the waves

V. Like the twinkling of a pearl of dew in the sun on a beautiful summer's morning

VI. Longing - Despair - Ecstasy

VII. Soul of the world - Abyss - All Soul's day

VIII. I wish …!

IX. Chaos - Ruin - Far and near

X. Flowers wither

XI. Glimpse of the sun through tears

XII. Bells pealing: Look! He comes

XIII. The gospel of flowers - From the far distance

XIV. The new day

XV. The end: Antichrist - Christ

Rued Langgaard: Endens tid (The Time of the End), BVN 243

I. Antichrist: Prelude

II. At the End of Time

III. Towards the End of the World

IV. The Catastrophe

Rued Langgaard: Fra dybet (From the Deep), BVN 414

Fra dybet (From the Deep), BVN 414

The Guardian

5th August 2010


“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.”

Sunday Times

5th September 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.”

International Record Review

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”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2010


“Amazing, sometimes banal but never dull.”

Gramophone 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.”

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