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Composer: Langgaard, Rued (1893-1952)

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Year of birth1893
Year of death1952
NationalityDenmark
Period20th century
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Harteros triumphs as Sieglinde in Berlin

Anja Harteros and the Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin © Bettina Stoess
Deutsche Oper Berlin's concert performance of Act 1 of Die Walküre was an occasion to savor with Anja Harteros making her role debut as Sieglinde. 
****1
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Late romanticism rises to a deafening climax in a small Cardiff hall

André de Ridder © Marco Borggreve
BBC National Orchestra of Wales's afternoon concert series brings unusual works to light, but the small auditorium can make some of the heavier late-romantic orchestration overwhelming – to the point of being overpowering.
***11
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Prom 19: BBC Symphony Orchestra with Dausgaard and Müller-Schott

Thomas Dausgaard  ©  Ulla-Carin Eckblom
It’s hard to say who was more excited about Prom 19: Thomas Dausgaard, who conducted the whole thing with lashings of arm-waving vigour, or the Proms audience, who enjoyed the performance so much that they deliberately (and justifiably) clapped between the movements.
***11
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Prom 35: An Evening with the Danish National Orchestra

The evening’s music commenced with Ligeti’s Night; Morning, one of the composer’s last works before his emigration to the West. Although only a very short piece, it exhibits some of the compositional approaches that are now synonymous with Ligeti’s style.