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Lange-Müller - Once upon a time... Theatre music

Composer Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller
Performer Coro Misto
Susanne Elmark
Michael Kristensen
Johan Reuter
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Moshe Atzmon, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1214 CD
EAN 7318590012147
Format CD
Release date Jun 2005
Total time 69'01

Klassik Heute: outstanding.

The Danish composer Peter Lange-Müller (1850-1926) was deeply influenced by Schumann, but developed his own late Romantic style somewhat reminiscent of Brahms. A great part of his output consists of songs and he developed a vocal style of striking subtlety. On this disc some of his dramatic works are represented, among them the most popular of all: Once upon a Time. (The Midsummer Song with which it ends is still sung every year as the Danes gather around the bonfires on Midsummer’s Eve.) The libretto by Holger Drachmann combines motifs from both Shakespeare (The Taming of the Shrew) and Hans Christian Andersen (The Swineherd) and this recording contains 14, or more than half, of the musical interludes from Lange-Müller’s score. Drachmann and Lange-Müller collaborated on several other projects, such as Renaissance, a play about the painter Tintoretto, from which the Overture and a Serenade have been included on this recording. The Serenade, as well as the Midsummer Song from Once upon a Time, became great successes for the legendary Danish tenor Aksel Schiøtz on recordings from the 1940’s. Included on the disc are also three songs which Lange-Müller himself orchestrated, as well as the Overture and an aria from the composer’s most ambitious project, the opera Vikingeblod (Viking Blood), the lack of success of which contributed to Lange-Müller’s gradual silence as a composer.

This disc may be considered part of a triptych of Danish music for the theatre, together with BIS-CD-641 and 749, featuring works by Carl Nielsen and Christian Horneman respectively. As on these discs – and many other in the BIS catalogue – it is the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Moshe Atzmon, who interprets the music of their countryman, along with some of the foremost Danish singers as soloists.
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  Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller
  from Once upon a time (Der var engang), Op.25. Text: Holger Drachmann 42'57
01 No.1. Prelude (Forspil) 3'19
02 No.3. Gypsy Music (Zigeunermusik) 2'15
03 No.6. Serenade (tenor, choir) 5'13
04 No.7. Aria Pastorale (soprano, choir) 3'38
05 No.8. Hunting Musik (Jaaegermusik) 1'48
06 No.9. Hunting song (Jaegersang) (baritone, choir) 3'15
07 No.10. Market Music (Markedsmusik) 4'00
08 No.11. Minuet 3'00
09 No.12. Waltz 2'26
10 No.13. Gypsy Dance (Zigöjnerdans) 2'07
11 No.16. The Soldier´s Song (Krigsmandens vise) (baritone) 1'59
12 No.18. Twilight Music (Skumringsmusik) 4'27
13 No.20. Kitchen Music (Kökkenmusik) 2'01
14 No.24. Midsummer Song (Midsommervise) (tenor, choir) 3'29
  from Renaissance, Op.59. Text: Holger Drachmann 9'12
15 Overture 3'54
16 Serenade (tenor, choir) 5'18
  from Songs by the Sea (Sange ved havet), Op.54. Text: Holger Drachmann 5'12
17 Soon the time of the white nights is past (Snart er de lyse Nätters Tid forbi) (baritone) 2'26
18 And As I Sailed Past Your House (Og da jeg sejled dit Hus forbi) (baritone) 2'46
19 Late on a Night so Cold (Silde ved Nat hin Kolde), Op.64, Book III No.8. (baritone) Text: Flemish folk-song) 1'57
  from Viking Blood (Vikingeblod), Op,.50 (Text: Einar Christansen) 7'57
20 Overture 5'24
21 The Song of the Sea King (Sökongens sang til Havet) (baritone) 2'33
  Album total 69'01
OrchestraAalborg Symphony Orchestra
ConductorAtzmon, Moshe
ComposerLange-Müller, Peter Erasmus
ChoirCoro Misto
TenorKristensen, Michael
SopranoElmark, Susanne
BaritoneReuter, Johan

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