American Record Guide
, September 2017
“Apocalyptic and paradisiac visions of good and evil meet aphoristic miniatures of nine small, mainly malignant insects”.
Anticipating an hour of itchy, scratchy pleasures, my ears were not in the least assaulted by those “malignant insects”—are there any other kind? The reference is obviously to the 9 puzzle pictures gathered under the title Insectarium. Among the creatures for our delectation is the ‘Earwig’, ‘Death watch beetle’, ‘Housefly’, ‘Millipede’ and ‘Mosquito’, each depicted with creepy exactitude. We do manage to get through them in under ten minutes. Danish pianist Tange obviously relishes her task to the fullest and, if not quite embracing the minimalism we all love (and hate), composer Langgaard gets us past the crawlies without lingering.
Other pieces show a high degree of creativity that is shared by this pianist. Eccentric as Langgaard may be, his music begs for rediscovery; and Tange has already impressed me with an earlier volume. With an open mind and heart you will definitely want also to explore Langgaard’s orchestral works and his strangely mesmerizing opera Antichrist. Good notes and fine recording add to the interest and enjoyment. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide