Carl Nielsen: Chamber Music, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This first volume of DaCapo's Carl Nielsen edition is dedicated to the wind chamber music and the early piano trio. Performed by the DiamantEnsemblet, the official chamber ensemble of the Royal Danish Library, most of Nielsen's wind music sounds absolutely first rate and comparable to the best wind music of its time. The slyly slinky "Serenata in Vano" from 1914 is as well-composed as Stravinsky's "Octet" from 1922 -- and much more emotionally appealing. The charmingly quirky "Wind Quintet" from 1922 is as self-consciously classicizing as Schoenberg's "Wind Quintet" from 1924 -- and much less intellectually constipated. The remaining four wind works are either early -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This first volume of DaCapo's Carl Nielsen edition is dedicated to the wind chamber music and the early piano trio. Performed by the DiamantEnsemblet, the official chamber ensemble of the Royal Danish Library, most of Nielsen's wind music sounds absolutely first rate and comparable to the best wind music of its time. The slyly slinky "Serenata in Vano" from 1914 is as well-composed as Stravinsky's "Octet" from 1922 -- and much more emotionally appealing. The charmingly quirky "Wind Quintet" from 1922 is as self-consciously classicizing as Schoenberg's "Wind Quintet" from 1924 -- and much less intellectually constipated. The remaining four wind works are either early -- the "Fantasy Piece for clarinet and piano" from the composer's 16th year and the "Two Fantasy Pieces for oboe and piano" from his 24th year -- unique -- the "Canto Serioso for horn and piano," an audition piece for the Royal Danish Orchestra -- or quite unusual -- the three pieces drawn from the incidental music to The Mother, particularly the slender, tender, and beguiling "The Fog is Lifting for flute and harp" -- but they are all beautifully played by the DiamantEnsemblet. Opening the disc is the "Piano Trio" in three movements from the composer's 18th year in a stylish performance by the Trio Ondine -- stylish, that is to say, in the style of late Mozart, early Schubert, or middle Berwald. Recorded in warm, close, even intimate sound, this disc will please every Nielsen fan and any fan of great wind chamber music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Dacapo
  • UPC: 636943606421
  • Catalog Number: 8226064
  • Sales rank: 167,058

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Trio in G major, FS 3i - Carl Nielsen & Trio Ondine (10:51)
    Composed byCarl Nielsen
    1. 11.
    2. 2 Andante
    3. 3 Allegro grazioso
  2. 4 Serenata in vano, for clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello & double-bass, FS 68 - Carl Nielsen & DiamantEnsemblet (7:33)
    Composed byCarl Nielsen
  3. 5–8 Wind Quintet, FS 100 (Op. 43) - Carl Nielsen & DiamantEnsemblet (28:04)
    Composed byCarl Nielsen
    1. 5Allegro ben moderato
    2. 6Menuetto
    3. 7Praeludium -
    4. 8Tema con variazioni
  4. 9 Fantasistykke (Fantasy Piece), for clarinet & piano in G minor, FS 3h - Carl Nielsen & Søren Elbo (4:02)
    Composed byCarl Nielsen
  5. 10–11 Fantasistykker (Fantasy Pieces) (2), for oboe & piano, FS 8 (Op. 2) - Carl Nielsen & Max Artved (6:19)
    Composed byCarl Nielsen
    1. 10Romance: Andante con duolo
    2. 11Humoresque: Allegro scherzando
  6. 12 Canto serioso, for horn (or cello) & piano, FS 132 - Carl Nielsen & Henning Hansen (3:27)
    Composed byCarl Nielsen
  7. 13 Moderen, incidental music, FS 94 (Op. 41): Tägen letter, for flute and harp - Carl Nielsen & Anna Dina Schick (2:15)
    Composed byCarl Nielsen
  8. 14 Moderen, incidental music, FS 94 (Op. 41): Børnene leger, for flute solo - Carl Nielsen & Anna Dina Schick (1:20)
    Composed byCarl Nielsen
  9. 15 Moderen, incidental music, FS 94 (Op. 41): Tro og Håb spiller, for flute and viola - Carl Nielsen & Katrine Bundgaard (1:08)
    Composed byCarl Nielsen
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