RUED LANGGAARD (1893-1952): Septet, BVN 95, Augustiniana, BVN 63, Scherzo on the Motifs C A and “Ach, du lieber Augustin”, BVN 62, Music of the Abyss (A Sonata), (arr. chamber ensemble Allan Gravgaard Madsen [b.1984]) BVN 169, Songs: In the Flowering Time, BVN 136, 4 Lenau Moods, BVN 138.
Catalogue Number: 08X047
Description: Langgaard’s inner turmoil can be experienced at its extreme in the chamber music written between 1913 and 1924, in which the secure world of his youth is undercut by a dark musical understream. This is most apparent in the work for piano, Music of the Abyss, which is presented here in a transcription for chamber ensemble of which this is the first recording. This meeting between Langgaard and Gravgaard brings to a climax the work’s view of modern man’s destructive strength in a crazy ride towards the abyss. Text availability unknown. Signe Asmussen (soprano), Esbjerg Ensemble.