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Langgaard: String Quartets, Vol. 3 / Nightingale Quartet

Langgaard
Release Date: 11/11/2014 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 6220577   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Rued Langgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nightingale String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Rued Langgaard’s string quartets are passionate works from the eccentric composer’s youth. This third and concluding release in the Nightingale String Quartet’s acclaimed CD series presents the premiere recording of Langgaard’s very first string quartet, which the composer began at the age of 21 in 1914. Like the subsequent quartets it is shot through with moving musical references to the fateful summer the year before, when the composer met the (hopeless) love of his life.



Rued Langgaard’s string quartets are passionate works from the eccentric composer’s youth. This third and concluding release in the Nightingale String Quartet’s acclaimed CD series presents the premiere recording of Langgaard’s very first string quartet, which the composer began at the age of 21 in 1914. Like the subsequent quartets it is shot through with moving musical references to the fateful summer the year before, when the composer met the (hopeless) love of his life.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 5, BVN 189 by Rued Langgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nightingale String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925/1938; Denmark 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 1, BVN 68 by Rued Langgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nightingale String Quartet
3.
Movement for String Quartet, BVN 408 "Italian Scherzo" by Rued Langgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nightingale String Quartet

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Character, charm and deep emotion February 3, 2015 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The Nightingale String Quartet bring their survey of the Rued Langgaard’s string quartets to a triumphant conclusion in this third volume from Dacapo. Langgaard’s career didn’t go smoothly, as he was completely out of synch with the musical trends of the 20th century. He was born too late, certainly, though I wonder if things would have gone well for him as a musician 50 years earlier. He sounds like a prickly sort of fellow, and completely uncompromising when it came to his musical vision. His brush with modernism is barely evident in the 1st quartet of 1914. The craggy bits are, I think, more connected to his crusty personality than any avant-garde tendencies. This first attempt at a full-scale chamber music work has an angry sadness, an expression perhaps of the emotions that accompanied his unsuccessful first love affair. In a fit of self-criticism Langgaard dismantled the work, discarding the last two movements and reusing the best bits of the rest in his fourth and fifth quartets, written in the mid-1920s. Later, though, he had second thoughts and put the work back together (from memory in the case of the 3rd and 4th movements). Perhaps this is why the music sounds so self-assured. In the fifth quartet of 1926 Langgaard really turns back the clock to a Classical-Romantic idiom. The danger here is a kind of flabby nostalgia. I’m reminded of a CBC reviewer calling an Amadeus String Quartet recording of Sir Ernest MacMillan “kitsch Mendelssohn.” In this case, though, Langgaard polished up the work during the rest of the 20s, right through until 1938, when he felt it good enough to release into a very uncongenial environment. The music comes through the neo-Romantic tunnel full of character, charm and deep emotion. Dacapo Records is on a roll lately; I’ve loved more than a few of their recent releases, especially the Danish String Quartet’s Wood Works, the New York Philharmonic’s Nielsen series, and now the Langgaard String Quartets. This is a label to watch!" Report Abuse
 Beautiful and exotic December 22, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Danish composer Rued Langgard was not well-regarded during his lifetime. And even after his death, recognition has been a long time coming. The Nightingale String Quartet continue to do their part to rectify that with their traversal of Langgard's string quartets. Like Paul Hindemith, Langaard constructed his own tonal language that was internally consistent, even if that logic wasn't always apparent to the listener. The Nightingale String Quartet turns in committed performances, bringing to light the subtle nuances of the scores. Excellent performances of exceptional music." Report Abuse
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