RUUD LANGGAARD (1893-1952): Symphony No. 12 "Hélsingeborg", Symphony No. 13 "Belief in Wonders", Symphony No. 14 "Morning" for Chorus and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 02I003
Description: Using new critical editions of Langgaard's symphonies, this new recording offers three works written between 1946-48, No. 12 a bizarre compression of his Symphony No. 1 into a distorted and fragmentary seven-minute piece which has the nightmarish excitement which draws many of us to this composer while the other two are the exact opposite: long (towards half an hour each), generally sunny, optimistic pieces written in around mid-19th century style where one must consider the conservative style itself a provocation. Collectors who have Danacord's complete Langgaard cycle with the Polish orchestra will find these recordings silky smooth and perfectly balanced (which may be exactly what you don't want in fever dreams like Hélsingeborg - but that's individual taste) and will notice that the former translate the Danish noun "Undertro" as "Faithlessness" while Dacapo has it as "Belief in Wonders". But, difficulties of the business of translation per se aside, it takes only a few seconds to see how both can be right in English regardless of what language they came from. Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir/DR; Thomas Dausgaard. SACD