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Rued Langgaard: 18 Songs
By Jan Ole Christiansen and Jens Krogsgaard. By Emil Rittershaus, Joseph von Eichendorff, Vihelm Krag, Rued Langgaard (1893-1952), and Heinrich Heine. Classical. CD. Naxos #DACOCD771. Published by Naxos (NX.DACOCD771).
Item Number: NX.DACOCD771
The Danish late-romantic composer Rued Langgaard (1893-1952) composed songs during his whole career. The 18 songs, all new to the discography, were mainly set to poems by German poets and here sung in German by tenor Jens Krogsgaard. The five Erotic poems , taking up the last part of this fascinating sung recital, are all by the Danish poet Vilhelm Krag, with beautiful lines like 'Once again, I see you, When you arrive and In the wondrous, blond nights.' Accompanist Jan Ole Christiansen tackles the often very demanding piano part with virtuosity and together with Jens Krogsgaard they deliver a truly magnificent song recital. The hallmark of Jens Krogsgaard is his ability to create strong authentic characters on stage, combining strong skills both as an actor and as a singer. He made his debut at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen in 2002 as Captain Vere in Billy Budd, with considerable success. Since 2009 he has been a voice teacher at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.