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Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller   (1850 - 1926)

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P. E. Lange-müller is the master of intimacy in Danish Romantic music. A lifelong eye affliction gave him such severe chronic headaches that his musical career already had to be broken off in his youth; conducting too proved too much for him. But in the private salons that Lange-Müller frequented he made intimacy a virtue.

Lange-Müller is known today almost exclusively for his songs (he wrote about 250), but his piano music, chamber music and choral songs too have the same original melodic appeal, handled by the best ear for harmony in the Danish music of the age. Lange-Müller's musical language is blended with melancholy and the sound of folk music, arranged with an economy of resources and great charm in a style that can be described as Danish art nouveau.

Lange-Müller strove for success as an opera composer, but both the French-inspired Spanske Studenter (Spanish Students) and the Wagner-inspired Vikingeblod (Viking Blood) were failures. On the other hand, his music and songs for Holger Drachmann's fairytale comedy Der var engang (Once Upon a Time) were hugely successful for many generations.

 

Live Dates

27/11/2015   The Danish Piano Trio presents debut album in Carnegie Hall
The Danish Piano Trio brings new album of native Romantic repertoire to US debut recital
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14/12/2016   MusicWeb International

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: Danish Romantic Piano Trios
RECORDINGS OF THE YEAR 'This recital of Danish piano trios features superb performances and an outstanding recording environment'
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31/03/2016   Fanfare

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: Danish Romantic Piano Trios
'I hope to hear a great deal more from these three outstanding players'
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03/03/2016   American Record Guide

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: Danish Romantic Piano Trios
'This is an attractive program of Danish romantic trios'
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01/02/2016   Gramophone

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: Danish Romantic Piano Trios
"The piano takes prominence in the sound picture, which would be more frustrating were Katrine Gislinge's playing not so full of fluency and tenderness."
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01/02/2016   Klassisk

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: Danish Romantic Piano Trios
5/6 Stars

"Det er en fin indspilning, der både introducerer et nyt fint kammerensemble og giver en række halvglemte danske værker fornyet liv."
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20/01/2016   WTJU

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: Danish Romantic Piano Trios
"If you’re familiar with Denmark’s rich musical heritage, then you might already be pre-disposed to give this release a listen. If not, then let me encourage you to do so."
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08/01/2016   MusicWeb International

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: Danish Romantic Piano Trios
"The superb performances and outstanding recording make this debut CD hard to resist, and the Lange-Müller is an absolute gem. Add the spontaneity and immediate melodic appeal of the other works included here, and it provides the perfect introduction to the genre’s growth in Denmark."
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18/12/2015   Kristeligt Dagblad

Dansk kammermusik i verdensklasse
6/6 Stars

"'Danish Romantic Piano Trios' er en pragtfuld skive... En cd, der vil lyse op i de lange vintermåneder og fortjener den varmeste anbefaling."
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04/12/2015   Politiken

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: Danish Romantic Piano Trios
5/6 Stars

"Den Danske Klavertrio præsenterer sig meget dansk, meget følsomt..."
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03/12/2015   Jyllands-posten

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: DANISH ROMANTIC PIANO TRIOS
4/6 Stars

"Den Danske Klavertrios ærinde ligger ligefor, og ambitionen er klog og sympatisk: De glemte danske klavertrioer skal frem i lyset. I en dynamisk vekslen mellem Lange-Müllers tusmørketrio, Gades klangperfektion og Langgaards dybe menneskelighed tegnes et portræt af triogenren. Lars Bjørnkjær, Toke Møldrup og Katrine Gislinge forstår at sætte romantikken fri på deres debut-cd. (...)"
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01/12/2015   JC Klassisk

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: Danish Romantic Piano Trios
"Det er ganske enkelt en vidunderlig kammermusik-cd"
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01/12/2015   Fyns Amts Avis

GADE, LANGE-MÜLLER & LANGGAARD: DANISH ROMANTIC PIANO TRIOS
"Kammermusikken trives i bedste velgående her i landet. Nu har en helt nyetableret klavertrio set dagens lys, med tre særdeles erfarne musikere(...). De har som første udgivelse valgt at præsentere værker af Lange-Müller, Niels W. Gade og Rued Langgaard. Førstnævntes f-mol trio fra 1898 byder på dybde, mørke og drama, men også på forfinet elegance og glimt af nordisk folketone. Gades F-dur er moden sprødhed, vemod og mindre drama, glimrende ramt i de tre musikeres intense og oprigtige spil. En enkelt sats fra en ufuldendt trio af Gade kompletterer dette indtryk og fuldendes i 15-årige Rued Lang-gaards ”Fjeldblomster”, meditativ, eftertænksom senromantik så det basker. Velvalgt og oplagt idé at lade denne sats afrunde udgivelsen."
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07/10/2015   David's Review

Danish Romantic Piano Trios
"The Danish Piano Trio, who have been superb throughout, launch into the exuberant finale with an obvious relish for the score. Another remarkable Dacapo release."
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18/10/2010   MusicWeb

Heise, Weise & Lange-Müller: Love Songs
“Mathias Hedegaard makes the most of these songs and the recording is out of Dacapo’s top drawer.”
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07/05/2010   Århus Stiftstidende

Heise, Weyse and Lange-Müller: Love Songs
"Den unge tenor Mathias Hedegaard har stemmen og klangen til at bære sangene frem på en måde, der både respekterer og forfrisker."
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18/04/2010   Dansk Musik Tidsskrift

Love Songs
"Mathias Hedegaard har en naturlig sans for disse sange. Hans stemme er fast og præcis med en ung, overtonerig klang. Tove Lønskov akkompagnerer med stort pianistisk overskud, og hun lever med i alle de mindste musikalske og tekstnære nuancer."
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03/03/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Love Songs - Mathias Hedegaard and Tove Lønskov
5/5 Stars

"Hvor er det dog en pragtfuld udgivelse, som tenoren Mathias Hedegaard og pianisten Tove Lønskov sammen har begået (...) En noget nær perfekt CD."
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15/08/2009   Audiophile Audition

Romantic Violin Concertos
5 Stars

"All three concertos are beautifully executed by Christina Åstrand who shows off the upper register of her instrument with a lovely purity of both tone and intonation."
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15/01/1994   American Record Guide

Gade, Hartmann, Langgaard, Henriques, Lange-Müller: Klavertrioer fra den danske guldalder
"Tre Musici display remarkable ensemble playing in the way they dovetail one another in expression."
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15/01/1994   Fono Forum

Gade, Hartmann, Langgaard, Henriques, Lange-Müller: Danish Golden Age Piano Trios
"Tre Musici gehen konzentriert und sensible zu Werke."
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Discography

Danish Romantic Piano Trios
Danish Romantic Piano Trios
Gade, Lange-Müller & Langgaard

CD 8.226119 (2015)

Love Songs
Love Songs
Heise, Weyse & Lange-Müller

CD 8.226141 (2010)

Love songs by three masters of Danish Romanticism performed by Mathias Hedegaard

Romantic Violin Concertos
Romantic Violin Concertos
N.W. Gade, Lange-Müller, Langgaard

SACD 6.220562 (2009)

Languishingly beautiful music played with soul and brilliance by Christina Åstrand

Serenades and Romances
Serenades and Romances
Nielsen, Weyse, Lange-Müller, Kunzen

CD 8.226012 (2007)

Smiles and longings of a summer night embodied by the young tenor Mathias Hedegaard

Der er et yndigt land
Der er et yndigt land

CD 8.224141 (2000)

Danmark i lommeformat – de største klassiske hits og skønneste melodier

Renaissance
Renaissance
P.E. Lange-Müller

CD 8.224109 (2000)

Fuldmoden dansk nationalromantik af en elsket mester

Der var engang (Once upon a time)
Der var engang (Once upon a time)
P.E. Lange-Müller

CD 8.224084 (1997)

Songs and music from the Romantic fairytale comedy. A bestseller 100 years ago and today!

Songs
Songs
Lange-Müller and Heise

CD 8.224065 (1997)

Songs
Songs
Lange-Müller & Heise

CD 8.224033 (1997)

Danish Golden Age Piano Trios
Danish Golden Age Piano Trios
Gade, Hartmann, Langgaard, Henriques, Lange-Müller

DCCD 9310 (1993)

Piano Works
Piano Works
P.E. Lange-Müller

DCCD 9206 (1993)


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