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Langgaard: Music of the Spheres, etc / Rozhdestvensky, et al

Album Summary

>Langgaard, Rued : The Music of the Spheres, for soprano, chorus & orchestra
>Langgaard, Rued : Tone Pictures (4)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Music of the Spheres (1916-18) is probably Langgaard's most important - certainly most original - work. So radical did its sonic experiments seem even in the late 1960s that Ligeti no less, when inspecting the score, quipped that he had merely been a 'Langgaard imitator' all along. The manipulation of blocks of sound rather than conventional thematic development does have much in common with trends in post-Second World War avant-garde composition (though stemming from impressionism), but other contemporaries of Langgaard's, such as Schoenberg and Scriabin, had traversed similar terrain at least in part. The main difference between Langgaard and Ligeti lies in the former's reliance on a fundamentally tonal language, however eccentrically deployed, and Music of the Spheres seems in hindsight to be a bridge between two other highly virtuosic scores with celestial connotations: Holst's The Planets and Ligeti's Atmosphères. The Tone Pictures (1917) were written alongside this extraordinary work, yet possess none of its stature: four charming songs, they seem effusive and outmoded by comparison. Chandos's sound is superb.



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>Langgaard, Rued : The Music of the Spheres, for soprano, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Gitta-Maria Sjoberg
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (02/21/1996-02/24/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916-1918

>Langgaard, Rued : Tone Pictures (4)
  • Performer: Gitta-Maria Sjoberg
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (02/21/1996-02/24/1996)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern