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CHAN 9517
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CHAN 9517

Langgaard: Spheres

The Classical Shop
release date: March 1997

Originally recorded in 1996

Artists:

Danish National Symphony Orchestra


Gennady Rozhdestvensky


Jesper Grove Jorgensen


Gitta-Maria Sjoberg

soprano

Danish National Symphony Choir



Venue:

Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen



Producer:

Brian Couzens


Ivar Munk



Engineer:

Jorn Jacobsen



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Contemporary

Total Time - 53:05
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Music of the Spheres, for soprano, chorus, orchestra and distant orchestra

35:29  
1 Like sunbeams on a coffin decorated with 2:32
  sweet-smelling flowers  
2 Like the twinkling of stars in the blue sky at sunset - 2:34
3 Like light and the depths - 2:08
4 Like the refraction of sunbeams in the waves - 0:36
5 Like the twinkling of a pearl of dew in the sun on 0:53
  a beautiful summer's morning -  
6 Longing - Despair - Ecstasy - 3:33
7 Soul of the world - Abyss - All Soul's day - 2:16
8 I wish...! - 1:21
9 Chaos - Ruin - Far and near - 2:07
10 Flowers wither - 1:36
11 Glimpse of the sum through tears - 5:17
12 Bells pealing: Look! He comes - 1:58
13 The gospel of flowers - From the far distance - 2:28
14 The new day - 1:32
15 The end: Antichrist - Christ 4:38
  Hedwig Rummel - Annette Simonsen contralto, choir solos  
 

Four Tone Pictures

17:44  
16 I Likewords for a summer's day saga 4:28
17 II A scent of mull and mud 3:34
18 III A golden flake hovers above 4:38
19 IV The flowering summer was linked to the harvest 4:56
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"...This is perhaps the best introduction to Langgaard’s music, for the four symphonies - while certainly worth exploring  - are highly variable in impact and content, though rarely less than interesting. The Four Tone Pictures for voice an orchestra, are evocatively pleasing, and beautifully sung by Gitta-maria Sjöberg, who also contribute superbly to The Music of the Spheres. Rozhdestvensky with his excellent Danish orchestra captures the spirit of the music admirably, and the Chandos recording is richly atmospheric."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


Langgaard, Danish musics legendary maverick and self-styled mystical transcentalist[s]… Music of the Spheres really doesnt sound like anything else Ive ever heard… A sonic tableau whose cumulative power and imagination mesmerise…
Classic FM ‘Record of the Month’

…Chandos’ sound is of demonstration quality. This really is a disc you should hear.
Gramophone




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J Knoppers

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G Locke