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Rued Langgaard: String Quartets, Vol. 1 / Nightingale String Quartet

Audio Samples

>Langgaard, Rued : Quartet for Strings No 2
>Langgaard, Rued : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Langgaard, Rued : Quartet for Strings No 6 in one movement on a Swedish folk tune
>Langgaard, Rued : Variations "Mig hjerteligt nu laenges" (O sacred head! Now Wounded)

Album Summary

>Langgaard, Rued : Quartet for Strings No 2
>Langgaard, Rued : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Langgaard, Rued : Quartet for Strings No 6 in one movement on a Swedish folk tune
>Langgaard, Rued : Variations "Mig hjerteligt nu laenges" (O sacred head! Now Wounded)
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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. For the first time on CD, 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. Nightingale String Quartet has won awards at several national as well as international chamber music competitions including 1st prize at the Royal Danish Academy of Music scholarship chamber music competition.

The Observer
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
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
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
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.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
I think Rued Langgaard, a Danish musical outsider who died in 1952 at age 58, would be quite happy with DaCapo's releases of his Music. I reviewed one program of piano music (S/O 2011) and Alan Becker covered the previous volume (S/O 2005), and the performances and sound have been excellent. The music often doesn't live up to its promise, though; as the Editor pointed out (Symphonies, Music of the Spheres, M/J 2002), form is not Langgaard's strong point.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Co (2010-12-10_2010-12-12&2011-).



Reviews

Rued Langgaard String Quartets vol1/Nightingale String Quartet/Dacapo

The much under-appreciated Rued Langgaard gets another post career boost with a new recording of some of his string quartets (No. 2, 3, and 6 and his variations). The music is magically trapped in a nether world between late romanticism (see Brahms, Strauss, Mahler, and early Schoenberg) and early modernism (see Scriabin, Debussy, Bartok). But donít let that dissuade you. Even if, on top of these influences, you might find his northern European contemporaries Sibelius and Nielsen floating around, there is something emotionally different and very original here. There is a recurring progression from quiet contemplation encapsulated in Iveian hymns and chorals that suddenly flair up into Scraibin-like bursts of despair, agitation and frenzy. Also the structures are very clearly articulated, convincing, and full of technical nuance and immense skill.

The Nightingale Quartet does an amazing job of getting around all the mood shifts dangling phrases, and gasps for air. Their overall approach is a deep respect for the score, performing seamless section changes and rhythmic transitions with impeccable accuracy.

In the past, I have snobbishly renounced the digging up of forgotten romantic composers just to feed the publics thirst for everything not modern. In this case, I have to make an exception, as he is a unique voice that I look forward to hearing more of.

Submitted on 05/10/12 by Mike Maguire 
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Works Details

>Langgaard, Rued : Quartet for Strings No 2
  • Ensemble: Nightingale String Quartet
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (2010-12-10_2010-12-12&2011-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1918

>Langgaard, Rued : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (2010-12-10_2010-12-12&2011-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1924

>Langgaard, Rued : Quartet for Strings No 6 in one movement on a Swedish folk tune
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (2010-12-10_2010-12-12&2011-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Langgaard, Rued : Variations "Mig hjerteligt nu længes" (O sacred head! Now Wounded)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (2010-12-10_2010-12-12&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914