Langgaard's Lyre

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Quote from: relm1 on November 07, 2022, 04:17:21 PM
Sakari Oramo's Berlin Philharmonic recording of Langgaard's Symphony No. 1 has just been released and is solid but measured (respectable).  Perhaps that is a result of this being Berlin where it needs to be respectful.  Nothing is wrong, it just isn't a high octane or risky interpretation.  I think that's the general problem with Langgaard.  He rides the boundary of experimental and safe.  This work straddles Richard Strauss opulence but Brahms conservatism too.

Interesting, I'll have to give it a listen one of these days. For me, that work has also Wagnerian influences. The symphony has its flaws, but I can't overlook how powerful, overwhelming and inspiriting it can be.
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Quote from: relm1 on November 07, 2022, 04:17:21 PM
Sakari Oramo's Berlin Philharmonic recording of Langgaard's Symphony No. 1 has just been released and is solid but measured (respectable).  Perhaps that is a result of this being Berlin where it needs to be respectful.  Nothing is wrong, it just isn't a high octane or risky interpretation.  I think that's the general problem with Langgaard.  He rides the boundary of experimental and safe.  This work straddles Richard Strauss opulence but Brahms conservatism too.
Most interesting! I hardly know this work even though I have the earlier (Chandos) recording.
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Quote from: vandermolen on November 08, 2022, 01:38:40 AM
Most interesting! I hardly know this work even though I have the earlier (Chandos) recording.

I liked the Chandos, that's Jarvi, right?

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I will be coming to the Oramo recording from years of knowing the symphony only through Dausgaard (Dacapo). It looks like Oramo's is the fastest of all (five minutes faster than Dausgaard), though of course speed and excitement do not perfectly correlate.

relm1 is a reliable guide in my experience, but I'll still go in excited to hear the newcomer.

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Quote from: relm1 on November 07, 2022, 04:17:21 PM
Perhaps that is a result of this being Berlin where it needs to be respectful.

I think the Oramo series is less about offering compelling new interpretations (though some listeners may find them there), and more about encouraging people to think about Langgaard as a mainstream composer, because look, a very famous orchestra is recording him.