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Discussion: Langgaard: Symphony No. 1 - Dausgaard

Posts: 4

Post by Windsurfer June 4, 2008 (1 of 4)
Geohominids thoughtful review has this to say about the sound of this disc:

"The recording is very good, although the orchestra is placed somewhat far back in a reverberant hall. In a way this is a good thing as it allows the huge climaxes to expand nicely, but the acoustic is hard rather than warm, so passages with high strings and added piccolo as in the last movement can sound a little glassy."

I have listened to this 3 times now and I really have to force myself to sit through it - not because I have any aversion to the symphonic writing of Langgaard, I became interested in the composer through a Dacapo LP of the symphony #6 and Sfærernes Musik. That latter I found particularly appealing. What do I find wrong with this disc? The sound, the treble, in particular is as stated above, is HARD! and where I disagree with Geohominid is in the degree when he says a little glassy, I say horribly, terribly glassy.

If John and I had very different systems, I would just chalk it up to differences there...hmmm maybe it is the listening room? But you know, I don't have any PentaTone recordings that give this problem, or Ondines, or Telarcs either for that matter and while some BIS discs are to a smaller extent like this, BIS's excellent Tchaikovsky 5th and 6th do not evidence a shred of it.

Dacapo, I don't know where you went wrong, but please, please correct this problem before doing any more of your otherwise splendid series!

Would a Sonoma recording system help?

Post by andrewb June 6, 2008 (2 of 4)
Windsurfer said:
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I have listened to this 3 times now and I really have to force myself to sit through it - not because I have any aversion to the symphonic writing of Langgaard, I became interested in the composer through a Dacapo LP of the symphony #6 and Sfærernes Musik. That latter I found particularly appealing. What do I find wrong with this disc? The sound, the treble, in particular is as stated above, is HARD! and where I disagree with Geohominid is in the degree when he says a little glassy, I say horribly, terribly glassy.

Have to say that I found John's (Geohominid's) description of the sound agrees exactly with my own hearing of this disc. There is a slight hardness to the strings especially when compared to BIS or Pentatone, but it did not concern me overly much.

I have all the rest in this Langgaard series, both RBCD and SACD, and like many of the others this work is interesting, especially as a first symphony. However, I feel some good editing and the cutting out of about 50% of this work would have improved it greatly. Basically the musical ideas wander too much. A critic of the day once said of Langgaard something to the effect that 'Langgaard has all the tools but does not know what to do with them', I sometimes agree with this, particularly in view of the variety of styles that he adopted over his career.

Post by raffells June 6, 2008 (3 of 4)
andrewb said:

Have to say that I found John's (Geohominid's) description of the sound agrees exactly with my own hearing of this disc. There is a slight hardness to the strings especially when compared to BIS or Pentatone, but it did not concern me overly much.

I have all the rest in this Langgaard series, both RBCD and SACD, and like many of the others this work is interesting, especially as a first symphony. However, I feel some good editing and the cutting out of about 50% of this work would have improved it greatly. Basically the musical ideas wander too much. A critic of the day once said of Langgaard something to the effect that 'Langgaard has all the tools but does not know what to do with them', I sometimes agree with this, particularly in view of the variety of styles that he adopted over his career.

Totally in agreement with andrewb in both hardness and overblown character/overlong but it was still worth purchasing.

Post by hok007 December 9, 2008 (4 of 4)
How does this recording (from both a performance perspective, AND a sound perspective), compare to Segerstam's recording on Chandos (CHAN9249)?

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