Rued Langgaard: Piano Works

Rued Langgaard: Piano Works

by Berit Johansen Tange
     
 

Much has been made of the mystical bent in Rued Langgaard's piano music, yet listeners will find most of his perfumed pieces only mildly evocative of poetic things, and no more revelatory than the effervescent outpourings of many mid-nineteenth century composers. If aspects of historical antecedents come to mind while hearing the suite inspired by See more details below

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Much has been made of the mystical bent in Rued Langgaard's piano music, yet listeners will find most of his perfumed pieces only mildly evocative of poetic things, and no more revelatory than the effervescent outpourings of many mid-nineteenth century composers. If aspects of historical antecedents come to mind while hearing the suite inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's poetry, "Gitanjali-Hymner" (1918), it might be the nocturnal side of Chopin, and some of the eccentricity of Schumann, but certainly less of the transcendentalism of Liszt, and none of the visionary frenzy of Scriabin. Although pianist Berit Johansen Tange interprets these pieces with individuality and strives to give Langgaard a distinctive voice, his music clings tenaciously to the models of his youth, so a slightly out-of-focus Brahmsian sound pervades the single-movement "Fantasi-Sonate" (1916), and a Beethovenian rumbling is detectable in the extremely short "Nat Paa Sundet" (1907). Even his late works, such as "Hél-Sfærernes Musik" (1948) and "Vanvidsfantasi" (1947-1949), stubbornly abide in the previous century, and Langgaard appears more reactionary still, even surpassing Rachmaninov in his attachment to an effusively Romantic style. DaCapo's sound quality is fine, but Tange's pedaling seems too heavy and the textures are often quite blurred.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2005
Label:
Marco Polo
UPC:
0636943602522
catalogNumber:
8226025
Rank:
339732

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  1. Gitanjali-Hymner (Hymns of Gitanjali), for piano, BVN. 149  - Rued Langgaard  - James Manley  - Rabindranath Tagore  - Monika Wesemann  - Denise Burt  - Berit Johansen Tange
  2. Fantasy Sonata for piano, BVN 121  - Rued Langgaard  - James Manley  - Monika Wesemann  - Denise Burt  - Berit Johansen Tange
  3. Nat Paa Sundet (Night on the Sound), for piano, BVN 21  - Rued Langgaard  - James Manley  - Monika Wesemann  - Denise Burt  - Berit Johansen Tange
  4. Hél-Sfærernes Musik, for piano, BVN 371  - Rued Langgaard  - James Manley  - Monika Wesemann  - Denise Burt  - Berit Johansen Tange
  5. Vanvidsfantasi (Fantasia of Rage), for piano, BVN 327  - Rued Langgaard  - James Manley  - Monika Wesemann  - Denise Burt  - Berit Johansen Tange

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