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

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1214 CD
Release date2005-06-30
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time69:01

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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$ 14.12
Extra material for download
  Composer: Lange-Müller, Peter Erasmus
  from Once upon a time (Der var engang), Op.25. Text: Holger Drachmann 42:57
01 No.1. Prelude (Forspil) 03:19 $ 0.70 USD
02 No.3. Gypsy Music (Zigeunermusik) 02:15 $ 0.47 USD
03 No.6. Serenade (tenor, choir) 05:13 $ 1.10 USD
04 No.7. Aria Pastorale (soprano, choir) 03:38 $ 0.76 USD
05 No.8. Hunting Musik (Jaaegermusik) 01:48 $ 0.38 USD
06 No.9. Hunting song (Jaegersang) (baritone, choir) 03:15 $ 0.68 USD
07 No.10. Market Music (Markedsmusik) 04:00 $ 0.84 USD
08 No.11. Minuet 03:00 $ 0.63 USD
09 No.12. Waltz 02:26 $ 0.51 USD
10 No.13. Gypsy Dance (Zigöjnerdans) 02:07 $ 0.44 USD
11 No.16. The Soldier´s Song (Krigsmandens vise) (baritone) 01:59 $ 0.42 USD
12 No.18. Twilight Music (Skumringsmusik) 04:27 $ 0.93 USD
13 No.20. Kitchen Music (Kökkenmusik) 02:01 $ 0.42 USD
14 No.24. Midsummer Song (Midsommervise) (tenor, choir) 03:29 $ 0.73 USD
  from Renaissance, Op.59. Text: Holger Drachmann 09:12
15 Overture 03:54 $ 0.82 USD
16 Serenade (tenor, choir) 05:18 $ 1.11 USD
  from Songs by the Sea (Sange ved havet), Op.54. Text: Holger Drachmann 05:12
17 Soon the time of the white nights is past (Snart er de lyse
Nätters Tid forbi) (baritone)
02:26 $ 0.51 USD
18 And As I Sailed Past Your House (Og da jeg sejled dit Hus
forbi) (baritone)
02:46 $ 0.58 USD
19 Late on a Night so Cold (Silde ved Nat hin Kolde), Op.64,
Book III No.8. (baritone) Text: Flemish folk-song)
01:57 $ 0.41 USD
  from Viking Blood (Vikingeblod), Op,.50 (Text: Einar Christansen) 07:57
20 Overture 05:24 $ 1.13 USD
21 The Song of the Sea King (Sökongens sang til Havet)
02:33 $ 0.54 USD
  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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