Inger Dam-Jensen, mezzo-soprano
Johan Reuter, baritone
Lars Petersen, tenor
Per Salo, piano
Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
January 2009
Dacapo

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Langgaard: The Symphonies (7 CD/SACD Box Set)

With his symphonies the Danish composer Rued Langgaard offered 16 vastly different versions of what a symphony can be. His captivating, complex genius made room for all conceivable idioms and a wealth of styles ranging from the grandiosely Late Romantic to the purest Absurdism. This box is the first collected recording of Langgaard’s 16 symphonies based on the critical edition of the scores; recordings which demonstrate, with spectacular sound quality, Langgaards masterly grasp of the orchestra and his ecstatic view of art: “Mr. Dausgaard’s keen advocacy elicits polished, persuasive accounts that live up to Langgaard’s motto: ‘Long Live Beauty'”, wrote The New York Times.

Tracklisting
Rued Langgaard CD 1 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 CD 2 Symphony No. 2 Awakening of Spring, BVN 53 Original version (1912-14)* 1. Allegro con anima – Lento – Con moto – Tempo primo – Maestoso festivo alla marcia 16:54 2. Lento religioso quasi adagio 11:09 3. Molto con moto (with soprano solo) 9:32 Symphony No. 3 The Flush of Youth – La melodia, BVN 96 (1915-16, rev. 1925-33) For piano solo, orchestra and choir 4. Poco animato festivo – Lento (Cadence) – Animato festivo (Tempo primo) 11:43 5. Grave mastoso – Lento misterioso 6:08 6. Allegro ma non troppo – Più lento – Vivace 10:13 CD 3 Symphony No. 4 “Løvfald”, BVN 124 (1916, rev. 1920) 1. I. Fortvivlet skovbrus (Despairing forest murmur): Allegro 2:49 2. II. Solstrejf (Glimpses of sun): Quasi allegretto 2:27 3. III. Allargando espansivo 1:38 4. IV. Torden (Thunder): Allegro 1:17 5. V. Più lento 1:25 6. VI. Allegretto pastorale 0:50 7. VII. Høstligt! (Autumnal!): Allegro con moto 1:30 8. VIII. Træt (Tired): Poco adagio 2:39 9. IX. Fortvivlelse (Despair): Allegro appassionato 2:12 10. X. Tranquillo 2:58 11. XI. Comodo sempre 1:31 12. XII. Søndag-morgen-klokkerne (Sunday morning bells): Sostenuto pesante 0:55 13. XIII. Forbi! (Over!): Più con moto 1:20 Symphony No. 5 (Version I), BVN 191 (1917-18/1926) 14. I. Lento misterioso (Introduzione) – Allegro fiero 5:35 15. II. Lento 3:39 16. III. Allegro fiero 1:58 17. IV. Lento misterioso 3:10 Symphony No. 5 (Version II) “Steppenatur” (“Sommersagnsdrama”), BVN 216 (1917-18/1920/1931) 18. I. “Sonate”: Lento misterioso – Fiero pesante preciso 4:25 19. II. Florido 4:20 20. III. Pesante 4:09 21. IV. Coda: “Sonate” con variazioni: Fiero pesante 2:44 22. V. Andante 3:35 CD 4 Symphony no. 6 “Det himmelrivende” (The Heaven-Rending) BVN 165 (1919-20, rev. 1928-30) 1. Thema (Versione I) 3:15 2. Thema (Versione II) 1:47 3. Var. I (Introduzione) 1:44 4. Var. II (Fuga) 2:18 5. Var. III (Toccata) 2:29 6. Var. IV (Sonata) 6:22 7. Var. V (Coda) 3:47 Symphony No. 7 (version 1926), BVN 188 (1925-26) 8. I. Maestoso fiero 2:35 9. II. Allegro moderato maestoso 6:45 10. III. Scherzoso grazioso 3:04 11. IV. Fastoso allegro 3:59 Symphony No. 8 “Minder ved Amalienborg”, BVN 193 (1926-28, rev. 1929-34) For chorus with tenor solo and orchestra 12. I. Maestoso pomposo 4:32 13. II. Molto vivace 3:59 14. III. Molto elegiaco – Allegro maestoso serioso 4:14 15. IV. Finale: Moderato sostenuto – Allegro moderato festivo 6:01 CD 5 Symphony No. 9 “From Queen Dagmar’s City”, BVN 282 (1942) 1. I. Queen Dagmar sails to Ribe. Molto allegro 8:35 2. II. The Dance at Riberhus. Grandezza 3:27 3. III. Ribe Cathedral. Lento 3:30 4. IV. Finale. The turbulent life of the past. Molto allegro 5:50 5. Symphony No. 10 “Yon Hall of Thunder”, BVN 298 (1944-45) 25:53 6. Symphony No. 11 “Ixion”, BVN 303 (1944-45) 6:19 CD 6 Symphony No. 12 “Hélsingeborg”, BVN 318 (1946) 1. Furiously! – Distinguished! – Increasingly agitated – Wildly – Like triviel last trumps! – Hectically nervous! – Andante lento – Lento misterioso – Poco allegro marcato – Allegro – Furiously! – Amok! A composer explodes 7:06 Symphony No. 13 “Belief in Wonders”, BVN 319 (1946-47) 2. I. Fairly fast 2:19 3. II. Andante 8:02 4. III. A little faster 3:09 5. IV. Slow – Rather fast 4:10 6. V. Same tempo (wildly) 3:59 7. VI. Elegant! 2:14 8. VII. Faster 3:47 Symphony No. 14 “The Morning”, BVN 336 (1947-48/1951) Suite for chorus and orchestra 9. I Introductory fanfare 2:11 10. II. Unnoticed morning stars7:17. 11. III. The Marble Church rings 5:20 12. IV. The tired get up for life 5:23 13. V. Radio-Caruso and forced energy 5:55 14. VI. ‘Dads’ rush to the office) 1:41 15. VII. Sun and beech forest 1:08 CD 7 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 Symphony no. 15 “Søstormen” (“The Sea Storm”), BVN 375 (1937/1949) For bass baritone solo, male 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
Reviews
“Music of near genius, quirk and quiddity; this bumper set has it all…. very impressive indeed.” – MusicWeb International
“Dausgaard, Danish Radio and Dacapo do the cycle proud.” – Gramophone Magazine
“Samtlige 16 svulmende, velorkestrerede orkesterudsagn er hermed indspillet. Langgaard-fans, kom ud af skabene og tag for jer!” – Politiken Politiken *****

“Thomas Dausgaard and his team deliver uniformly excellent performances captured in first-rate SACD stereo sonics. It’s great to see a national label working so hard and so successfully to preserve its cultural heritage and disseminate it abroad. This project both deserves and will reward your support.” – Classics Today 10/10 Review

“DaCapo and Thomas Dausgaard deserve much gratitude for providing this crucially important piece of Danish musical history in top-class readings and sound.” – Audiophile Audition

“Chaotic, vigorous and vital in equal measure, Dausgaard, Danish Radio and Dacapo do the cycle proud, as well as a gaggle of shorter pieces encapsulating his lyrical, dramatic and polemical qualities.”
Gramophone

“Nu foreligger pladeselskabet Dacapos samlede indspilning af særlingens symfonier. Resultatet er på to måder skelsættende: Det har åbnet verdens øren for Langgaards musik. Og det bekræfter sin egen berettigelse. Langgaards musik fortjener virkelig de syv skivers oprejsning.”
***** Berlingske Tidende

“Det er stadigvæk en mildt sagt besynderlig verden, man betræder hos Langgaard. Men i denne fine produktion er der lys igennem, også til himmelrivende oplevelser.”
Århus Stiftstidende