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Langgaard: Songs / Jacobsen, Riisager

Langgaard: Songs / Jacobsen, Riisager

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Rued Langgaard is a composer who surprises. Having experienced one of his works, it is very likely that the next one you encounter will be entirely different. This is true of his songs to Danish texts, some of which are now available for the first time on record. In these songs, from his early days as a hyper-talented teenager through to his first works as a young visionary in his early 20s, we come close to him, both as a composer and as a human being.


These are not among Langgaard’s most complex and modern works, but in a way using tonality and generally recognizable forms will give listeners, particularly those who have never heard Langgaard’s music before, a good idea of his working methods.

The soprano's soft singing in “Evening wraps its cloak of twilight” is absolutely exquisite, a treat for the ears, each note sounding like a silver bell. I could hear her voice in my mind’s ear for an hour after listening to this CD, and yes, that is a tribute to her exquisite vocal quality.

-- The Art Music Lounge

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