Langgaard: Symphony No. 1
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. But 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.
Symphony no. 1 “Klippepastoraler” (“Mountain Pastorals”) BVN 32
1. I. Brændinger og Solglimt (Surf and Glimpses of Sun). Maestoso 21:26
2. II.Fjeldblomster (Mountain Flowers). Lento 10:38
3. III. Sagn (Legend). Lento misterioso 5:39
4. IV. Opad Fjeldet (Mountain Ascent). Marcato 5:18
5. V. Livsmod (Courage). Maestoso allargando – Entusiactico maestoso 17:28
“It’s Dausgaard who keeps this gigantic ship securely on course.” – BBC Music Magazine ****
“Not until Dacapo started recording the symphonies with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard, were there truly credible, excellent versions of these works available. It’s a glorious sixty minutes played exceedingly well and captured in glorious sound. Urgently recommended to anyone who likes romantic orchestral music.” – MusicWeb International
Rued Langgaard’s First Symphony should prove irresistible to anyone who likes big, colorful, late-Romantic music. Here is nothing but a very talented musician stretching his wings for the first time, looking forward to a life of limitless possibilities. Hearing him is a joy.
(10/10, Classics Today )
This performance is splendid, as is the SACD recording (…) the notes are also excellent. If you are willing to experiment, this may well become a favorite recording.
(American Record Guide)
“The dynamic orchestral performance and luxuriant sound could hardly be more persuasive.” – The Star-Ledger
“The indefatigable Danish National Symphony Orchestra are almost pushed to their limits, but respond magnificently, reveling in the torrents of sound they emit but still producing lovely solo work (especially woodwind) at the more reflective moments.” – SA-CD.net
“It is a rare luxury to be able to immerse oneself in an unfamiliar hour-long dramatic work that runs the gamut of moods and emotions. Such was my pleasure this month when I discovered the expansive Symphony No.1 of Danish composer Rued Langgaard on the Da Capo label.” – The Wholenote Magazine
“Giv den som en gåde til din altejende musikelsker! Det kan godt være, han gætter forkert.Men han har nydt livet undervejs. I store mundfulde.” – Berlingske Tidende