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

Audio Samples

  1. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): I. Like Sunbeams on a Coffin Decorated With Sweet Smelling Flowers $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): II. Like the Twinkling of Stars in the Blue Sky at Sunset $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): III. Like Light and the Depths $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): IV. Like the Refraction of Sunbeams in the Waves $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): VI. Longing - Despair - Ecstasy $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): VIII. I Wish …! $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): IX. Chaos - Ruin - Far and Near $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): X. Flowers Wither $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): XI. Glimpse of the Sun Through Tears $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): XII. Bells Pealing: Look! He Comes $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): XIII. The Gospel of Flowers - From the Far Distance $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): XIV. The New Day $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Langgaard — Staerernes Musik (Music of the Spheres): XV. The End: Antichrist - Christ $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Langgaard — 4 Tone Pictures: No. 2. A Scent of Mull and Mud $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Langgaard — 4 Tone Pictures: No. 3. A Golden Flake Hovers Above $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Langgaard — 4 Tone Pictures: No. 4. The Flowering Summer Was Linked to the Harvest $0.99 on iTunes

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.

Penguin Guide
This is perhaps the best introduction to Langgaard's music...Rozhdestvensky with his excellent Danish orchestra captures the spirit of the music admirably, and the Chandos recording is richly atmospheric.



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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