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Langgaard: The Symphonies / Dausgaard, Danish National SO


Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 6200001   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony OrchestraDanish National Radio ChoirDanish National Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Multi 
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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD box set playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


Langgaard was out of his mind. Was he a crazy genius, or just plain crazy? It's hard to say. His 16 symphonies range in length from one hour (No. 1) to slightly more than six minutes (No. 11). There's a concertante work for solo piano, chorus, and orchestra (No. 3), music of Straussian refulgence (No. 6 "The Heaven-Rending"), some quirky faux Mendelssohn (Nos. 8 and 9), and lots of nature poetry (Nos. 2, 4, 5, 15, and 16). Most of the works have fanciful titles, ranging from No. 10 "Yon Hall of Thunder" to the religious mysticism of "Belief in Wonders"
Read more (No. 13), to No. 14's individual movements, such as "Dads rush to the office" and "Radio-Caruso and forced energy".

God only knows what all of it means, but one thing is certain: it's all tremendously entertaining and never dull. The individual discs in this set have all been issued previously, most of them welcomed here enthusiastically. Thomas Dausgaard and his team deliver uniformly excellent performances captured in first-rate SACD stereo sonics. The packaging in this boxed set is really classy, with slip-cases that unfold when the top is opened, and a neatly printed booklet with informative notes and translations of the sung texts that stores in its own compartment. It's great to see a national label working so hard and so successfully to preserve its cultural heritage and disseminate it abroad. This project both deserves and will reward your support. [1/16/2009]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1, BVN 32 "Pastorals of the Rocks" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1911; Denmark 
2. Symphony no 2, BVN 53 "Vaarbrud" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Denmark 
3. Symphony no 3, BVN 96 "Ungdomsbrus" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916/1933; Denmark 
4. Symphony no 4, BVN 124 "Fall" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Denmark 
5. Symphony no 5, BVN 216 "Steppenatur" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920/1931; Denmark 
6. Symphony no 6, BVN 165 "Det Himmelrivende" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920/1930; Denmark 
7. Symphony no 7, BVN 212 "Ved Tordenskjold i Holmens Kirke" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926/1932; Denmark 
8. Symphony no 8, BVN 193 "Memories at Amalienborg" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1934; Denmark 
9. Symphony no 9, BVN 282 "From the City of Queen Dagmar" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Denmark 
10. Symphony no 10, BVN 298 "Hin Torden-Bolig" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; Denmark 
11. Symphony no 11, BVN 303 "Ixion" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; Denmark 
12. Symphony no 12, BVN 318 "Hélsingeborg" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Denmark 
13. Symphony no 13, BVN 319 "Undertro" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946-1947; Denmark 
14. Symphony no 14, BVN 336 "Morning" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948/1951; Denmark 
15. Drapa, BVN 20 by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Denmark 
16. Sphinx, BVN 37 by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1913; Denmark 
17. Hvidbjerg-Drapa, BVN 343 by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Denmark 
18. The Danish National Radio Fanfares, BVN 351 by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Denmark 
19. Res absúrda!?, BVN 354 by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Denmark 
20. Symphony no 15, BVN 375 "The Storm at Sea" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1949; Denmark 
21. Symphony no 16, BVN 417 "Sun Deluge" by Rued Langgaard
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; Denmark 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony no 3 "Ungdomsbrus" ("The Flush of Youth"): III. Allegro ma non troppo...
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