Two albums featuring our composers, Rued Langgaard and Sunleif Rasmussen, have just been released on CD by Dacapo Records.
Composer Rued Langgaard (1893-1952)’s life has been documented on a solo piano album performed by Berit Johansen Tange. The album presents his wondrous world through a handful of significant world premiere recordings, representing a cross-section through Langgaard’s life as a composer - from the little thoughtful childhood piece Album Leaf, to his very last piano piece – Piano Piece, E major – from 1951. Alongside key works like Adorazione and Music of the Abyss, this album also presents the first complete recording of the cycle Summer Holiday in Blekinge, which was left unfinished by the composer.
The five works of the Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen (b. 1961) on this album offer a broad perspective on the composer, who continues to be inspired by the elements of nature as well as drawing on a wide range of idioms, periods and styles. In the virtuoso playing of the ensemble Aldubáran the listener can hear lyrical echoes of traditional folk music, Baroque structures and electronically manipulated sounds as Rasmussen combines the seven instruments of the ensemble in a wide variety of configurations.