Rued Langgaard: Piano Works

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 5/17/2005
  • Label: Marco Polo
  • UPC: 636943602522
  • Catalog Number: 8226025
  • Sales rank: 181,307

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–10 Gitanjali-Hymner (Hymns of Gitanjali), for piano, BVN. 149 - James Manley & Rued Langgaard (30:07)
  2. 2 Fantasy Sonata for piano, BVN 121 - James Manley & Rued Langgaard (19:59)
  3. 3 Nat Paa Sundet (Night on the Sound), for piano, BVN 21 - James Manley & Rued Langgaard (1:15)
  4. 4 Hél-Sfærernes Musik, for piano, BVN 371 - James Manley & Rued Langgaard (1:37)
  5. 14–16 Vanvidsfantasi (Fantasia of Rage), for piano, BVN 327 - James Manley & Rued Langgaard (13:47)
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Album Credits

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Berit Johansen Tange Primary Artist
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