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Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres / Dausgaard

> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - I. Like sunbeams on a coffin decorated with sweet smelling flowers -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - II. Like the twinkling of stars in the blue sky at sunset -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - III. Like light and the depths -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - IV. Like the refraction of sunbeams in the waves -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - V. Like the twinkling of a pearl of dew in the sun on a beautiful summer's morning -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - VI. Longing - Despair - Ecstasy -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - VII. Soul of the world - Abyss - All Soul's day -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - VIII. I wish …! -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - IX. Chaos - Ruin - Far and near -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - X. Flowers wither -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - XI. Glimpse of the sun through tears -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - XII. Bells pealing: Look! He comes -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - XIII. The gospel of flowers - From the far distance -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - XIV. The new day -
> Staerernes musik (Music of the Spheres), BVN 128 - XV. The end: Antichrist - Christ
> Endens tid (The Time of the End), BVN 243 - I. Antichrist: Prelude
> Endens tid (The Time of the End), BVN 243 - II. At the End of Time -
> Endens tid (The Time of the End), BVN 243 - III. Towards the End of the World -
> Endens tid (The Time of the End), BVN 243 - IV. The Catastrophe
> Fra dybet (From the Deep), BVN 414 - Fra dybet (From the Deep), BVN 414

Album Summary

>Langgaard, Rued : Sfaerernes Musik (The Music of the Spheres), for soprano, chorus, orchestra & distant orchestra, BVN
>Langgaard, Rued : Endens Tid (The End of time), for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BVN 243
>Langgaard, Rued : Fra Dybet (From the Deep), for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

Rued Langgaard (1893-1952) was an odd, lonely figure in Danish music. The three works on this SACD are among his most effective and visionary orchestral works. They are apocalyptic works with a religious message, and each involves a musical contrast between a chaotic, doomed world and a celestial world of beauty and light. The Music of the Spheres, with its evocative, striking timbres, is Langgaard's most original and forward-pointing work, and a major work of Scandinavian music.

"The Dane Rued Langgaard is one of the outstanding oddities of 20th-century music. At his best he is breathtakingly original, and nowhere more so than in Music of the Spheres. The score abounds in effects that seem ahead of their time, while the dreamlike sequence of events seems closer to contemporary 'trance music' than anything from the 1910s. No one has got closer to the heart of this music than Thomas Dausgaard in this truly 'live' recording." -BBC Music Awards nominee, 2011

MusicWeb International
Rued Langgaard is another of my recent discoveries; indeed, this Dacapo release will surely help to bring this dotty Dane to a much wider audience. These intriguing works are sometimes quixotic, even infuriating, Dausgaard and his orchestra revealing just how original these works really are. Try them if you dare!

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Recording information: Koncerthuset.



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Works Details

>Langgaard, Rued : Sfærernes Musik (The Music of the Spheres), for soprano, chorus, orchestra & distant orchestra, BVN
  • Performer: Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 37 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916-1918
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Langgaard, Rued : Endens Tid (The End of time), for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BVN 243
  • Performers: Johan Reuter (Bass Baritone); Heta Bruun (Baritone); Peter Lodahl (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Koncerthuset (05/28/2010-05/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921-1923

>Langgaard, Rued : Fra Dybet (From the Deep), for chorus
  • Performers: Malene Nordtorp (Soprano); Poul Emborg (Tenor); Klaudia Kidon (Soprano); Torsten Nielsen (Soprano); Johan Karlstrom (Soprano); Emil Lykke (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Koncerthuset (05/28/2010-05/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1950-1952