Danish National Concert Choir
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Johan Reuter, baritone
December 2008
Dacapo

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Langgaard: Symphonies Nos. 15 & 16

About the Album – Dacapo

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 where Langgaard demonstratively expresses the absurd situation he found himself in, as an artist who had been sidelined and who felt that he stood alone in the struggle for the high ideals of art.

Langgaard: Symphonies Nos. 15 & 16

Rued Langgaard

1. Drapa (On the Death of Edvard Grieg) , BVN 20 (1907, rev. 1909-13) 5:26
2. Sphinx , BVN 37 (1909-10, rev. 1913) 6:46
3. Hvidbjerg-Drapa , BVN 343 (1948)* 3:05
4. Danmarks Radio (Radio Denmark) , BVN 351 (1948)* 1:18
5. Res absùrda!? , BVN 354 (1948)* 5:35

For mixed chorus and orchestra
6. I. Bevæget (Moving) 5:42
7. II. Scherzo 1:10
8. III. Adagio funebre 5:14
9. IV. Finale. Allegro molto agitato 5:32

Symphony no. 16 “Syndflod af Sol” (“Sun Deluge”), BVN 417 (1950-51)
10. I. Allegro 4:14
11. II. Scherzo 1:27
12. III. Straffedans (Punishment Dance) 6:45
13. IV. Elegi (Elegy) 6:30
14. V.Finale 2:53

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