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Rued Langgaard

String Quartets


Peter Fabricius, viola
Anton Kontra, violin
Boris Samsing, violin
The Kontra Quartet
Morten Zeuthen, cello

Rued Langgaard, composer

About:

Langgaard composed a total of eight string quartets during the period 1914-25, four of these in 1918-19. With the exception of two fairly short single movements for string quartet from app. 1950 he never since returned to this genre. This recording encompasses all the Langgaard quartets in their final versions with two exceptions: No. 1, which in various ways is reused in No. 4 and 5, and a quartet in A-flat major never previously performed (1918).

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[CD 1]
String Quartet no. 2 BVN 145 (1918, rev. 1931)
1

"Bortdragende Stormskyer" (Storm Clouds Receding) - Allegro focoso

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2

"Bortkørende Tog" (Train passing by) - Poco moderato - Presto

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3

"Skumrende Landskab" (Landscape in Twilight) - Andante pastorale

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4

"Vandring" (The Walk) - Poco lento elegiaco - Poco allegro alla marcia risoluto

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String Quartet no. 6 in one movement on a Swedish folk tune, BVN 160 (1918-19)
5

Poco tranquillo - Poco vivace - Poco tranquillo - Vivace scherzoso - Poco tranquillo - Andante tranquillo - Bulesco rustico - Semplice non mosso

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String Quartet no. 3, BVN 183 (1924)
6

Poco allegro rapinoso

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7

Presto scherzoso artizioso

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8

Tranquillo - Schernevole - Tranquillo - Mosso Frenetico - Maestoso

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[CD 2]
String Quartet no. 5, BVN 189
1

Andante quasi andantino misterioso

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2

Scherzo grazioso

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3

Lento mistorioso

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4

Lento - Allegro quasi andantino

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String Quartet no. 4, "Summer days", BVN 215 (1918, rev. 1931)
5

Andante scherzoso

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6

Scherzoso

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7

Sostenuto - Allegro, scherzoso

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8

Variations on "Mig hjerteligt nu længes" BVN 71 (1914, Introduction: 1931)

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Total playing time  109 minutes

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Recorded in Copenhagen 1984.

Producer and engineer: Peter Willemoës
Executive producer: Ole Jochimsen
Recorded with the support of the Rued Langgaard Foundation

Cover picture: Jens Søndergaard

Label: Dacapo

Format: CD

Catalogue Number: DCCD 9302A-B

Barcode: 4891030093027

Release Date: July 1999

Period: Early 20th Century

Reviews

American Record Guide
"Recommended"


Gramophone

"A worthwhile addition to the Ardittis ongoing survey of twentieth century quartets"



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