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Subject: Re: Langgaard's Magnificent "Antikrist"
From: Eduardo Cordeiro <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:22:25 +0000
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Thank you for your post; it convinced me to get it. The CD went for 35 CAD on Amazon.ca, the DVD for 9. I ordered the latter  :-)
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De: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]> em nome de G. Paul Padillo <[log in to unmask]>
Enviado: quarta-feira, 13 de junho de 2018 02:39
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Assunto: Langgaard's Magnificent "Antikrist"

Langgaard's "Antikrist" came up in another online opera group I belong to, someone having
just heard it for the first time, in a recent production (in German translation), and I realized
I've not listened to or watched this magnificent work in several years, so . . . time to
remedy that problem.

There is a recording available from a live performance co-produced by the Danish National
Symphony and the Danish National Theatre, that I highly recommend, and, for several
years now the video has been available on youtube and I cannot recommend it highly
enough.  The production is a fairly simple affair, taking place in what appears to be a church
or meeting house, where the story unfolds.

Langgaard's  opera, the score completed in 1923, was subject to numerous revisions of the
libretto, and was never performed in his lifetime, the first performance not occurring until
1980, in Denmark.  The music though highly still at times conjures up Vaughan Williams,
Strauss, Mahler and not a little bit of Schoenberg's "Gurrelieder," as well as Szymanowski's
"Krol Roger" (written a year after "Antikrist").

It is a sumptuous work, with a large group of soloists (some rather brief) and featuring a
magnificent role for the chorus.  The plot, such as it is, is more "ideas" than "action" but it's
a fascinating look at humanity, religion, and of good triumphing over evil.  There is so much
beauty throughout, it's rather remarkable it isn't given more frequently, even if only in
concert or in oratorio form.

I hope during this summer "break" some who are unfamiliar with this little known work will
take the time and give it a watch or listen, in whole (preferably) or even in part.  The final
moments are as transcendent.

Here is the Danish performance on youtube.  Do yourself a favor and watch and listen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QSd-DzqMjM

p.

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