Langgaard: String Quartets Volume 1

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Langgaard: String Quartets Volume 1


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2012

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - June 2012



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26th March 2012




70 minutes


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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')



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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.

Rued Langgaard: String Quartet No. 2, BVN 145

I. Bortdragende Stormskyer (Storm Clouds Receding)

II. Bortkorende Tog (Train Passing By)

III. Skumrende Landskab (Landscape in Twilight)

IV. Vandring (The Walk)

Rued Langgaard: String Quartet No. 3, BVN 183

I. Poco allegro rapinsoso

II. Presto scherzo artifizioso

III. Tranquillo

Rued Langgaard: String Quartet No. 6, BVN 160

String Quartet No. 6, BVN 160

Rued Langgaard: Variations on Mig hjertelig nu laenges, BVN 71

Introduction: Solenne sostenuto, lento

Variation 1: Andante sostenuto

Variation 2: Poco lento sempre tranquillo

Variation 3: Lento

Variation 4: Andante sostenuto - Lento - Andante sostenuto

Variation 5: Poco allegro tranquillo

Variation 6: Tranquillo sospirando

Variation 7: Poco allegro maestoso - Allegro fiero - Piu tranquillo

The Observer

1st April 2012

“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.”

International Record Review

May 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.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 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”

BBC Music 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.”

MusicWeb International

April 2013

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

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