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Rued Langgaard

String Quartets

The Kontra Quartet

“A worthwhile addition to the Arditti’s ongoing survey of twentieth century quartets” Gramophone

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).

Rued Langgaard
“A worthwhile addition to the Arditti’s ongoing survey of twentieth century quartets”
, Gramophone
“Recommended”
, American Record Guide
Rued Langgaard
String Quartet no. 2, BVN 145
Duration
1 "Bortdragende Stormskyer" (Storm Clouds Receding) - Allegro focoso 7:41
2 "Bortkørende Tog" (Train passing by) - Poco moderato - Presto 2:24
3 "Skumrende Landskab" (Landscape in Twilight) - Andante pastorale 5:58
4 "Vandring" (The Walk) - Poco lento elegiaco - Poco allegro alla marcia risoluto 6:55
Rued Langgaard
String Quartet no. 6 in one movement on a Swedish folk tune, BVN 160
Duration
5 Poco tranquillo - Poco vivace - Poco tranquillo - Vivace scherzoso - Poco tranquillo - Andante tranquillo - Bulesco rustico - Semplice non mosso 14:06
Rued Langgaard
String Quartet no. 3, BVN 183
Duration
6 Poco allegro rapinoso 7:39
7 Presto scherzoso artizioso 1:27
8 Tranquillo - Schernevole - Tranquillo - Mosso Frenetico - Maestoso 5:26
Rued Langgaard
String Quartet no. 5, BVN 189
Duration
9 Andante quasi andantino misterioso 11:24
10 Scherzo grazioso 3:06
11 Lento mistorioso 4:33
12 Lento - Allegro quasi andantino 6:05
Rued Langgaard
String Quartet no. 4, BVN 215
Duration
13 Andante scherzoso 6:15
14 Scherzoso 3:05
15 Sostenuto - Allegro, scherzoso 8:43
Rued Langgaard
Variations on "Mig hjerteligt nu længes" BVN 71 (1914, Introduction: 1931)
Duration
16 Variations on "Mig hjerteligt nu længes" BVN 71 (1914, Introduction: 1931) 14:13
Total runtime: 
109 min.
Release date: 
July 1999
code: 
DCCD 9302A-B
FormatID: 
CD
CoverFormat: 
Jewel Case
Barcode: 
4891030093027
Track count: 
16

Credits

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