Rued Langgaard

Biography

Born: July 28, 1893; Copenhagen, Denmark   Died: 1952; Ribe  
Regarded as an outsider and an oddball during his lifetime, Rued Langgaard spent his entire career at odds with the Danish musical establishment; his last great public success was when the Berlin Philharmonic played his massive Symphony No. 1 when he was 20 years old. Obscurity ensued until about the time of his centennary, when record labels determined to record everything ever written systematically brought his music to a more appreciative Read more international public.

Langgaard received his first musical training from his parents and private teachers. He made his debut as an improvising organist at age 11 in Copenhagen, and four years later he turned heads with an ambitious cantata. During his teens, his parents frequently took him to Berlin; their contacts there led to the Berlin Philharmonic performance of his first symphony. The Germans maintained an interest in the reserved young composer's extroverted music, but the Danes would have none of it. Langgaard launched an attack on the musical establishment as well as on modernism when the Copenhagen Royal Theater rejected his opera Antikrist in 1925. His opposition to the dominant culture, as well as his mystical-symbolist religious tendencies, did nothing to advance his career. Only in 1940 was he able to land a job as an organist in the provincial town of Ribe, a safe distance from Copenhagen culture.

Langgaard wrote more than 400 works; they were Straussian pieces until 1916, but then more along the lines of Nielsen with a hint of Hindemith until 1924. From that second period emerged his fourth and sixth symphonies, Antikrist, and the second and third quartets. The years 1925-1945, oddly, brought a return to Wagnerian Romanticism with such works as Messis (Harvest Time); the music of this time is, to put it mildly, structurally incoherent, yet powerfully expressive. In his final years, Langgaard adopted a desperate, half-mad style even more dependent on collage and fragmentation than his earlier music. It was this music that began to interest avant-garde composers of the 1960s, but the full range of Langgaard's work did not become widely known until the 1990s. Read less
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  • 1.
    Rued Langgaard: String Quartets, Vol. 2
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220576 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nightingale String Quartet
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    Langgaard: Symphony No 8, 14 & 15 / Ilya Stupel
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 409 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Conductor:  Ilya Stupel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artur Rubinstein State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Langgaard: String Quartets V. 1 / Nightingale String Quartet
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220575 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nightingale String Quartet
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    Sa Tag Mit Hjerte
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 685 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Carl Nielsen,  Rued Langgaard,  Peter E. Lange-Müller  ... 
    Performer:  Tove Lonskov,  Tina Kiberg
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    Rued Langgaard: Works For Piano, Vol. 2 / Tange
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220565 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Performer:  Berit Johansen Tange
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    Til Jomfru Maria
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 700 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert,  Charles Gounod,  Léon Boëllmann  ... 
    Performer:  Birgitte Ebert,  Elisabeth Meyer-Topsoe
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    Rued Langgaard: Music Of The Spheres
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220535 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Performer:  Johan Reuter,  Lars Cleveman,  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Hetna Regitza Bruun
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Chorus,  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Carl Nielsen, Rued Langgaard: Organ Works
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777414-2 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Rued Langgaard
    Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme
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    Langgaard: Antikrist / Dausgaard, Dahl, Resmark, Byriel, Elming, Danish National Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 2110409 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
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    Romantic Violin Concertos / Christina Astrand, Et Al
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220562 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niels Gade,  Peter E. Lange-Müller,  Rued Langgaard
    Performer:  Christina Åstrand,  Ville Hautala
    Conductor:  John Storgårds
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rued Langgaard: Rose Garden Songs / Tamas Veto
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220561 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Conductor:  Tamás Vetö
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble
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    Danish Violin Concertos Vol 2 - Svendsen, Langgaard, Etc / Kai Laursen, Et Al
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 463/64 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johan Svendsen,  Axel Willy Gade,  Ludvig Holm,  Peder Gram  ... 
    Performer:  Kai Laursen,  Inger Marie Thomsen
    Conductor:  Carl von Garaguly,  Jens Schroder,  Aksel Wellejus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra,  Odense Symphony Orchestra
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    Langgaard: In Tenebras Exteriores, Messis / Dreisig, Vor Frue Kantori
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220528-29 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Performer:  Flemming Dreisig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haderslev Vor Frue Cantori
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    Langgaard: The Symphonies / Dausgaard, Danish National SO
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6200001 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Vocal Ensemble,  Danish National Radio Choir
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    Langgaard: Symphonies No 15 & 16, Etc / Dausgaard, Danish Nso, Et Al
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220519 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Vocal Ensemble,  Danish National Radio Choir
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    Langgaard: Symphony No 1 / Dausgaard, Danish National Symphony
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220525 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Langgaard: Symphonies No 2 & 3 / Thomas Dausgaard, Et Al
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220516 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Performer:  Per Salo,  Inger Dam-Jensen
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Chamber Choir
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    Music From The Court Of Queen Margrethe Ii, V.1
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 220526 Release Date: 04/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Richard Delalande,  Henry Purcell,  J.G.C. Stoerl,  César Franck  ... 
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    Langgaard: Symphonies No 12, 13 & 14 / Dausgaard, Et Al
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220517 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Chorus
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  • 20.
    Schultz, Lewkovitch, Gade, Langgaard, Heise / Per Enevold
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 308 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard,  Peter Heise,  Bernhard Lewkovitch,  Svend Simon Schultz  ... 
    Conductor:  Per Enevold
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Chamber Choir
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    Langgaard: Antikrist / Dausgaard, Byriel, Et Al
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220523-24 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Performer:  Anne Margrethe Dahl,  Poul Elming,  Sten Byriel,  Helene Gjerris  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Langgaard: Symphonies - Volume 1
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 404 Release Date: 02/03/2006  
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Conductor:  Ilya Stupel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artur Rubinstein State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Langgaard: Symphonies 10, 11 & 12, Sfinx / Ilya Stupel
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 408 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Conductor:  Ilya Stupel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artur Rubinstein State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Langgaard: Symphonies 13 & 16 / Ilya Stupel
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 410 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Conductor:  Ilya Stupel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artur Rubinstein State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Langgaard: Symphonies 2 & 3, Drapa / Ilya Stupel
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 405 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rued Langgaard
    Performer:  Tadeusz Chmielewski,  Roma Owsinska
    Conductor:  Ilya Stupel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artur Rubinstein State Philharmonic Orchestra
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