Complete Symphonies

( 1 )
This DVD (DTS) is Not Available through

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • UPC: 747313540358
  • Source: Marco Polo
  • Presentation: DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais, Deutsche
  • Time: 4:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Carl Nielsen: Complete Symphonies - Nos. 1 - 3
2. I - Allegro Orgoglioso - 9:17 [9:16]
3. II - Andante - 8:45 [6:46]
4. III - Allegro Comodo - Andante Sostenuto - Tempo I - 7:58 [7:57]
5. IV - Finale: Allegro Con Fuoco - 8:20 [9:29]
7. I - Allegro Collerico - 9:53 [:21]
8. II - Alelgro Comodo E Flemmatico - 5:01 [9:53]
9. III - Andante Malincolico - 11:02 [5:00]
10. IV - Allegro Sanguineo - 7:15 [10:59]
12. I - Allegro Espansivo - 11:39 [:00]
13. II - Andante Pastorale* - 9:33 [8:51]
14. III - Allegro Un Poco - 6:08 [:15]
15. IV - Finale: Allegro - 8:39 [11:41]
Disc #2 -- Carl Nielsen: Complete Symphonies - Nos. 4 - 6
2. I - Allegro - 11:48 [:15]
3. II - Poco Allegretto (8 Bars After Tempo Marking) - 4:40 [11:48]
4. III - Poco Adagio Quasi Andante - 9:14 [4:39]
5. IV - Con Anima - Allegro - 9:12 [9:12]
7. I - Tempo Giusto - 10:13 [11:19]
8. II - Adagio - 9:12 [:21]
9. III - Allegro - 5:55 [10:13]
10. IV - Presto - 2:58 [9:11]
11. V - Andante Poco Tranquillo - 4:09 [:00]
12. VI - Allegro (Tempo I) - 2:44 [5:54]
14. I - Tempo Giusto - 13:30 [2:57]
15. II - Humoresque - Allegretto - 4:23 [4:09]
16. III - Proposta Seria - Adagio - 5:19 [5:11]
17. IV - Theme and Variations - 10:37 [:21]
Read More Show Less


Disc #1 -- Carl Nielsen: Complete Symphonies - Nos. 1 - 3
   Play in Order
   Select Symphony
      Symphony No. 1 FS 16, Op. 7 (1889-1894)
      Symphony No. 2 "The Four Temperaments" Fs 29, Op. 16 (1901-1902)
      Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia Espansiva" FS 60, Op. 27 (1910-11)
      2.0 Dolby Digital
      5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
      5.1 DTS Surround
Disc #2 -- Carl Nielsen: Complete Symphonies - Nos. 4 - 6
   Play in Order
   Select Symphony
      Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable" FS 76, Op. 29 (1914-16)
      Symphony No. 5 FS 97, Op. 50 (1920-22)
      Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Semplice" FS 116 (1924-25)
      2.0 Dolby Digital
      5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
      5.1 DTS Surround
Disc #3 -- Carl Nielsen: Complete Symphonies - Karl Aage Rasmussen: The Light and the Darkness
   Play Documentary
   Select Language
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertaining Documentary, Variable Performances

    General description: The full title of this DVD set, issued by Dacapo, is “Carl Nielsen: Complete Symphonies.” The set consists of a 59-minute documentary on Nielsen by the well-known Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen (on one DVD) and televised live performances of the six Nielsen symphonies by the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Schønwandt (on two DVDs). These performances are different from the studio recordings by the same forces, also issued by Dacapo, on CD only. The documentary DVD comes with a thin booklet containing comments by Rasmussen, and the symphony DVDs come with a thick booklet containing a brief biographical sketch of Nielsen and descriptions of all six symphonies. The three DVDs are NTSC encoded for worldwide release, and the two booklets are in English, Danish, and German. Review of the documentary: The documentary, titled “Carl Nielsen: The Light and the Darkness,” has narration in English, Danish (if I remember correctly), German, and French. It presents an overview of Nielsen’s life, focusing on his stormy marriage, and his music, focusing on his two operas, six symphonies, and some of his songs. There is no mention of his solo piano music, wind quintet, violin sonatas, or late string quartets. The documentary contains rare and valuable newsreel footage of Nielsen, along with numerous photographs. The narration includes extracts from letters Nielsen and his wife wrote to one another. The documentary contains an adequate amount of information for a 59-minute film, but I came away thinking that it could have been more informative, particularly with regard to his formal training as a composer. On the plus side, the film is hugely entertaining. Review of the symphonies: I have owned the DNRSO / Schønwandt studio recordings since the summer of 2004 and consider them to be among the greatest achievements of the CD era. I listen most frequently to the 4th and 5th symphonies, and the CD performances of both of these works are absolutely superb. The DVD performance of the 4th fully matches its CD counterpart – the tempos are almost identical and the two performances have the same basic sound and feel. The DVD performance of the 5th, however, differs noticeably from its CD counterpart. The CD 5th creates and maintains an almost unbearable tension throughout, whereas the DVD 5th never really gets off the ground. Most of the problem can be traced to rushed tempos – the 5th is a weighty work that in my view benefits from a deliberate approach. The DVD 5th also is hobbled by subpar balance among the various sections. I haven’t yet gotten around to listening to the other four symphonies, but they won’t change my opinion that the DVD performances as a group are a mixed bag. Overall recommendation: If you are interested primarily in the symphony performances, by all means buy the DNRSO / Schønwandt studio recordings on CD. The performances are unbeatable and the CD booklets are informative. If you already have these CD performances (or others you are happy with) and are interested primarily in the documentary, go ahead and buy the DVD set. The documentary alone is worth the price of admission – you can treat the DVD performances as “special features” of varying quality. While you are at it, pick up a copy of Anne Øland’s traversal of Nielsen’s complete works for solo piano (two CDs on the Classico and Scandinavian Classics labels). Her performances are absolutely authoritative and deserve a place in the collection of every Nielsen fan.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews