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Rued Langgaard 125th anniversary 2018!
Among the spectacular events in 2018 one could mention::
Vienna Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo perform Symphony no. 6 on the 14 and 15 April in Wiener Konzerthaus (also CD recording).
Antichrist will be staged at Staatstheater Mainz - 4 performances in June.
Publication of Langgard' collected piano works (The Rued Langgaard Edition).
Publication of the score for Music of the Spheres (100 years after its completion).
Langgaard-Festival in Ribe from 30 September to 2 October.
Complete works for violin and piano Vol. 1
The first CD /of three) in Gunvor Sihm's and Berit Johansen Tange's recording of all of Langgaards works for violin and piano was released in Copenhagen on 19 September. This CD includes the premiere recording of Langgaard's unfinished Sonata from 1909-11 (2 movements). Vol. 2 will appear in spring 2018. Read more: Dacapo 8.886130.
113 minor organ pieces now available in print!
The project of publishing all of Langgaard's minor organ pieces was begun in 2010 and has now come to an end with the publication of three volumes edited by Ribe Cathedral organist Birgitte Ebert og the Rued Langgaard Edition editor-in-chief, Bendt Viinholt Nielsen. 97 of the compositions are published for the first time. The Rued Langgaard Edition is published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen - see more here.
Rued Langgaard-festival in Ribe 31 August to 3 September
The headline is "Romanticism", and the second 'main name' this years is Niels W. Gade in the 200 anniversary yers of his birth. Read more at the festival homepage.
Berit Johansen Tange's third Langgaard-CD released
The new CD launched on the 2nd of April comprises three world premiere recordings: As at Thief in the Night (BVN 211a), Chiesa madre (BVN 367), and Sponsa Christi tædium vitæ (BVN 297). The CD is published by Dacapo (6.220631). Read more on Dacapo's homepage.
Symphony No. 1 in South Korea
On the 27 April the Korean Symphony Orchestra performs Langgaard's great first symphony in Seoul Arts Center. Conductor is Jahbom Koo.
Langgaard in Luxenburg, Stockholm, Göteborg, Glasgow, Vienna and Edmonton (Canada)
Symphony No. 5 (1st version)
3 December 2016. Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, conductor: Ilan Volkov.
Symphony No. 2
16 February 2017. Kungliga Filharmonikerna, Stockholm, conductor: Sakari Oramo: soloist: Anu Komsi.
17 February 2017. Guest performance in Göteborg.
Prelude to "Antichrist" + Symphony No. 4
19 March 2017. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
Symphony No. 6
23 March 2017. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
Symphony nr. 2
22. april 2017. Wiener Philharmoniker, dirigent: Sakari Oramo; solist Anu Komsi
Symphony No. 4
12 May 2017. Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Alexander Prior.
Messis 1-3 in Germany for the first time
On 26 June the first complete performance in Germany of Messis takes place in St Paul's Church in Nuremberg. Marcel Rode perform the work on the church's unique organ of late Romanticism from 1913.
Rued Langgaard's Collected Songs Vol. 1-3 available in print
The Rued Langgaard Edition/Edition Wilhelm Hansen has published all of Langgaard's vorks for solo voice and piano in three volumes. There are 134 songs to Danish, German and Norwegian texts, and no less than 107 of theses song are published for the first time. Read more at the Edition Wilhelnm Hansen homepage.
Sfærernes Musik to be performed twice in Germany in 2016/17
On 7th September 2016 the work is being performed in the Berlinerphilharmonie during the Berliner Festspiele (Musikfest Berlin) by the Deutsche Oper orchestra and chorus under Danald Runnicles. Read more at the Berliner Festspiele homepage.
On 17th June 2017 the work will be peformed in Stuttgart. Lini Gong, soprano, SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart and the SWR Symphonieorchester will be conducted by Alejo Pérez. Read more at the SWR homepage.
Rued Langgaard Festival 1.-4. september i Ribe
The headline for this year's festival is "Langgaard and Ligeti", and the festival of course includes a performance of The Music of the Spheres in the Ribe Cathedral. See the complete programme at the festival homepage
Rued Langgaard Festival 3-6 September in Ribe
In the Carl Nielsen 150 years anniversary there will be a great battle between the two composers at the festival in Ribe. Two performances of Antichrist will be surrounded by a number of confrontations between CN and RL-works. Check the program at the festival homepage.
New book about Langgaard by Esben Tange
Mod lyset. Rued Langgaard, musikken og symbolismen (Against Light. Rued Langgaard, Music and Symbolism) is the title of a new book by Esben Tange, editor and concert host at DR P2 and artistically responsible for the Rued Langgaard Festival in Ribe. The book is published by Taarnborg, Ribe. Beautifully illustrated with art photos, the book describes the parallels between Langgaard's musical universe and trends in contemporary art e.g. symbolism, represented by artists such as J.F. Willumsen, Rudolph Tegner, Julius Paulsen a.o. The book includes a 'listener's guide' to Langgaard's symphony no. 1, 10, 12, and 16.
New publisher of Rued Langgaard's music and The Rued Langgaard Edition
From 1st of October 2014 Langgaard's music and The Rued Langgaard Edition will be published and distributed by Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen. At the same time a three year project will be initiated in order to make a critical edition of Rued Langgaard's many unpublished piano and organ works (within the framework of the The Rued Langgaard Edition).
Nightingale String Quartet releases vol. 3 og receives prestigious award in London
The 17th September will be a memorable day for the Nightingale String Quartet. The third volume in the complete recording of all Langgaard's 9 string quartetts will be released (String Quartet No. 1 and 5), and the four young musicians will receive the prestigious award "Young Artist of the Year" at the Gramophone magazine's prize ceremony in London.
Read more at the Gramophone website.
Se allso the trailer from Dacapo.
Rued Langgaard Festival in Ribe 4-7 September
This year the festival focuses on Richard Strauss (150 years) and Langgaard. For the extensive and detailed programme see the festival website.
First novel about Langgaard sees light
Bodil Steensen-Leth's Når solen er begravet (When the Sun is Buried) is the first novel ever about Langgaard. The author presents a free interpretation of episodes in Langgaard's life from childhood to death.
Langgaard and the music of love
Andrew Mellor, editor of Gramophone, has published an interesting feature about the three string quartets on Nightingale String Quartet's volume 2 in the web edition of the magazine. Read the article on Gramophone's homepage.
Nightingale releases vol. 2 in the Langgaard String Quartet series
On the 2 December the Nightingale String Quartet launches CD no. 2 (of a total of 3) with the complete string quartets by Langgaard. The CD includes Rosen Garden Play (world premiere recording), String Quartett in A flat major, and String Quartet No. 4. Read more at the Dacapo homepage.
Langgaard Festival in Ribe with splendid experiences
This year's festival featured the first performance in 20 years of Langgaard's first symphony in Ribe Cathedral under Thomas Dausgaard. A new small book about Langgaar'd time in Ribe was released (Bendt Viinholt Nielsen: Langgaard versus Laub, in Danish). Follow the Langgaard Festival on Facebook.
Langgaard Festival in Ribe 5-8 September 2013 - Langgaard & Wagner
This year's festival features the 5th performance of Langgaard's first symphony in Ribe Cathedral. Read more at the festival homepage.
Nightingale String Quartet awarded DR prize
On the 19th January the string quartet was awarded the prestigeous Danish Radio P2 prize for "Best CD of the Year" (2012). At the same time the CD is nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards. Read more at dacapo's homepage.
New version of Langgaard biography
The only biography on Langgaard ever written is now, 19 years after the publication of the original verion, being reissued in a revised and enlarged version. The book is available in Danish only, written by Bendt Viinholt Nielsen and published by the music publishers Engstrøm & Sødrings Musikforlag. It is available from the publishers or varoius internet book dealers.
10th July - Langgaard died 60 years ago
In the June issue of Gramophone editor Andrew Mellor features Langgaard and this article has now been supplied, in the internet-version of the magazine with links to recordings from the Dacapo label. Read and listen - here.
Third Langgaard Festival in Ribe opens 30 August 2012
The theme of this year is Langgaard and Debussy (celebrating the 150 years of the latter's birth). Friday night's concert with Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester features an extensive programme with a.o. RLs 10th symphony and Debussy's Nocturnes. See the complete programme at the festival homepage.
"Ixion" at the Proms on RL's birthday!
Conductor Thomas Dausgaard has choosen Langgaard's odd 11th symphony for his Proms concert in Royal Albert Hall on the 28th of July, which, by coincidence, exactly is the composer's 119 years anniversary. It is BBC symphony Orchestra which performs the just 5½ minute long work for the first time in GB. Read more here.
Nightingale String Quartets first Langgaard-cd has been extraordinarily well received
The Quartet's very first cd was released this spring on the Dacapo label, and was enthuastically received in Denmark, England, USA og Germany. Both the quality of the works, the young musicians' interpretation of the shifting moods in RL's music, and the technical quality of the sound recording are praised. Read more at the Dacapo homepage.
Rued Langgaard Festival 2011
Symphony no 1 published
The second edition of the newly established Rued Langgaard Festival was held in Ribe in the beginning of September with focus on the works of Langgaard and Liszt. Next year's festival will concentrate on works by Debussy - and Rued Langgaard of course.
Please check the website of the festival.
In the spring the prestitious first edition of Langgaard's first symphony was published under the auspices of the Rued Langgaard Edition. The score is available from Edition-S (previously Edition Samfundet).
The Music of the Spheres - UK premiere, new recording
On 11 August 2010 Thomas Dausgaard conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at this year's Proms in Royal Albert Hall giving the UK premiere of Music of the Spheres (1916-18). A new recording of the work with the same forces is to be released by the national Danish label Dacapo on the same date. Read more about the event at
Naxos Classical News (31st July 2010) and the BBC Proms homepage.
Antichrist on blu-ray disc
The much acclaimed dvd production of Antichrist has been re-released on blu-ray by Dacapo. More information on the label's homepage.
Antichrist in print
In June the first printed edition of Langgaard's opera saw light. The two large volumes - Score and Commentary - are edited and written by Bendt Viinholt Nielsen. The prestigeous publication has been sponsered by the Lundbeck Foundation. The edition is available from the publisher Edition Samfundet
Within the last half a year Dacapo has released a number of Langgaard CDs. Dausgaard's symphony cycle was finally concluded with symphony no. 1 and a CD including no. 15 and 16 and some minor orchestral works of which three are first recordings. In January all 7 CDs were released as SACD versions in a nice box. Read the interview with Thomas Dausgaard after finishing the 10-year long project.
Flemming Dreisig recently made his second interpretation of the complete Messis on the grand organ in the Copenhagen Cathedral. The two SACDs also include In tenebras exteriores, a sister work to part 3 of Messis.
Concert master of the National Symphony Orchestra DR Christina Åstrand has in Tampere, Finland recorded three romantic Danish violin concertos by Gade, Lange-Müller, and Langgaard. Conductor is John Storgårds.
Finally it should be mentioned that the CD Rose Garden Songs with Ars Nova/Támas Vetö recently has bee re-released as SACD.
See more at the Dacapo homepage and check the discograpy under langgaard.dk, which has now been updated with all these new recordings.
The Rued Langgaard Society - new website
The society was founded in 2007 and has during the past two years been very active organizing concerts, etc. Read about the society (in Danish) at the homepage. The society plan a Langgaard Festival in Ribe 2010 among other things.
Langgaard på YouTube
Check two interesting videos: John Damgaard plays Free Piano Sonata, and see what the Antichrist Prologue and part of First Scene was like when it was premiered in Innsbruck in 1999.
Messis i Russia for the first time
The Music of the Spheres - USA premiere
The Russian organist Mikhail Mishchenko has recently performed the complete Messis for the fist time in Russia. The performances took place in Sanct Petersburg, and 1st Evening was premiered on 8 Dec. 2007, 2nd Evening on 19 Jan. 2008 and 3rd Evening on 26 April. See the homepage of the organist.
On 1 June the American Symphony Orchestra performs The Music of the Spheres for the first time in USA, conducted by Leon Botstein. The concert is in Lincoln Center, New York, and also comprises Ligeti's Atmosphères.
Listen to a Langgaard concert programme on the Internet
A concert presented by the Langgaard Society on 31 March 2008 in Copenhagen can be downloaded and played on Danmarks Radio's homepage DR P2 (in Danish).
Symphony No. 5 in Iceland
A Langgaard work will be presented for the first time in Iceland when Iceland Symphony Orchestra performs Symphony No. 5 (1st version) on the 13 September 2007 in Reykjavik, conducted by Petri Sakari.
Symphony 12-14: Disc of the month in Classics Today
Read more on ClassicsToday.com.
A Danish Langgaard Society founded
On the 28th of March the "Langgaard-Selskabet i Danmark" (The Danish Langgaard Society) was founded in Copenhagen. You can read more about the bylaws, board, etc. on this website (in Danish only).
It is now possible to hear Symphony No. 2 in its original version of 1912-14.
Thomas Dausgaard's recording of Symphony Nos. 2 and 3 have just been relased on CD/SACD on the Dacapo label. Symphony No. 2 is recorded here for the first time in its long original version (38 minutes). Inger Dam-Jensen is singing the vocal part. The recording of Symphony No. 3 (with Per Salo as the piano soloist) has a new feature too as a short choral part in the end of the work has been included for the first time since the world premiere in 1918.
Symphony Nos. 12-14 in Dausgaard's interpretation
This summer the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard produced Langgaard's Symphony 2, 3, 13, 14 and 15, and the first set of these works is now relased on a super-audio-CD including No. 12 (which was previously produced) combined with Nos. 13 and 14. Read more on the Dacapo homepage.
The very succesful DVD-production has now been published also on super-audio-CD (same forces). Read more on the Dacapo homepage (use the search field). The CD may be ordered from the company's web-shop.
The opera was included in Denmark's Cultural Canon, please check the special website published by the Ministry of Culture Denmark's Cultural Canon.
Thanks to a large donation from the Lundbeckfonden (Lundbeck Foundation) the opera is now being published for the first time. It will be a critical edition in the series called the Rued Langgaard Edition published by Edition Samfundet. The published full score is expected in 2008.
Antichrist on DVD
Lost work premiered
The DVD production witnesses the spectacular Danish co-production by the Royal Danish Opera and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation from 2002 conducted by Thomas Dausgaard. The opera is sung in Danish with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish (and Danish). Bonus material include Commentary Track, the story of the creation of the opera and "Langgaard live".
Read more about the DVD and about availability on Dacapo's website.
The male choral work Frederiksborg Slotsklokker (The Bells of Frederiksborg Castle Church) was performed in Aalborg in 1919. Langgaard thought the manuscript to be 'lost' and later investigations were done with no success. However, in 2004 the autograph manuscript comprising 40 pages was found in the archives of Aalborg Sangforening (Aalborg Choral Society) of 1843. The work is scored for mixed or male chorus and symphonic brass and the duration is about 9 minutes.
The 'modern' premiere of the piece took place 14th May 2005 on the occasion of the re-inauguration of the Frederiksborg Castle carillon. Actually the text of Langgaard's piece is embedded into the main bells of the carillon.
Two major piano works recorded for the first time
Pianist Berit Johansen Tange has recorded a Langgaard CD including a complete first recording of Gitanjali Hymns (efter Tagore), 10 piano pieces composed in 1918. The CD also comprises the first recording of Fantasy Sonata in the original version of 1916, a work with strong references to Schumann. Langgaard re-used some of the piece 30 years later in the first movement of his Insanity Fantasy which is also found on the CD together with a couple of small piano pieces. (Langgaard: Piano Works. Dacapo 8.226025). Read the review on Classical Music Web.
Violin and piano works complete
Seguei Azizian and Anne Øland have completed their two CD-recording of Langgaard's complete violin/piano-music on Dacapo. Vol. 2 (Dacapo 8.226006) including the late works was released in October. Vol. 1 comprising the sonatas nos. 1 and 2 were well received - please read the review of Violin Sonatas Vol. 1.
Langgaard cycle with Dausgaard
Dacapo has so far released three volumes in the new cycle of Langgaard symphonies with DRNSO and Thomas Dausgaard. The three CDs include symphonies nos. 6-11. The CDs were very well received internationally - read for instance the reviews on Classical Music Web: Symphony nos. 4-5 - Symphony nos. 6-8 - Symphony nos. 9-11. For detailed bibliographical information information see discography .
Critical edition of Langgaard's works
A grant from the Carlsberg Foundation and support from the Langgaard Foundation and other Danish foundations have made it possible to establish a Rued Langgaard Edition, a series of critical first editions of Langgaard's works. The editions are available from Samfundet (The Society for the Publication of Danish Music). A number of chamber works, organ works and orchestral works have been edited and can be delivered on demand for performance or study use (none of the editions is yet in print in the traditional sense). A list of the new editions is available in Danish. Critical commentaries and prefaces may also be found here (in Danish).
After several years of editorial work the organ player Flemming Friis now has published Messis, Organ Drama in Three Evenings, on Edition Wilhelm Hansen (3 volumes: WH 30493-5; ISBN 87 598 1056 4 + 1058 4 + 1060 4).
New features on langgaard.dk
The following documentary material have recentlig been published on this website (PDF-files):
The correspondance bethween Langgaard and conductor Launy Grøndahl(in Danish!).
Live performances of Langgaard's orchestra works (in Danish).
Please also keep an eye on the regularly updated list of corrections and additions to the Langgaard catalogue of works.