Nielsen: Symphonies 1-6; Overtures; Concertos; Wind Quintet; Piano Music [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Even though the revival of Carl Nielsen's music in the late '60s proved to be nearly as revelatory as the slightly earlier promotion of Gustav Mahler's symphonies, the pace of recordings at the time was quite sluggish. Indeed, by the early '70s, the discography of Nielsen's symphonies included a smattering of releases by Leonard Bernstein and Eugene Ormandy for Columbia, Jascha Horenstein on Nonesuch, and Ole Schmidt on Unicorn, along with these utterly superior recordings by Herbert Blomstedt and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra for EMI. The six symphonies were recorded between 1973 and 1975, and for their time were the best available recordings of Nielsen's music. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Even though the revival of Carl Nielsen's music in the late '60s proved to be nearly as revelatory as the slightly earlier promotion of Gustav Mahler's symphonies, the pace of recordings at the time was quite sluggish. Indeed, by the early '70s, the discography of Nielsen's symphonies included a smattering of releases by Leonard Bernstein and Eugene Ormandy for Columbia, Jascha Horenstein on Nonesuch, and Ole Schmidt on Unicorn, along with these utterly superior recordings by Herbert Blomstedt and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra for EMI. The six symphonies were recorded between 1973 and 1975, and for their time were the best available recordings of Nielsen's music. They constitute the bulk of this 2008 box set, and though two smaller sets of the symphonies and the concertos were issued by EMI in 2007, this seven-disc compendium provides much more music at a comparable cost. Blomstedt's lucid traversals of the symphonies, the three concertos, and a selection of overtures and tone poems are rounded out by performances of chamber works by the Melos Ensemble, and interpretations of Nielsen's piano music by Leif Ove Andsnes. Also appearing are Iona Brown and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra with a rendition of the "Little Suite, Op. 1"; Andrew Davis with the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing the Overture from "Maskarade"; and various vocalists and choirs with the Danish Radio Symphony under Mogens Wöldike in performances of the "Hymnus Amoris, Op. 12," and "Søvnen Sleep, Op. 18." Because the recording dates range from 1967 to 1995, listeners should expect considerable variance in the mix of analog and digital sources.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099951942922
  • Catalog Number: 19429
  • Sales rank: 142,938

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in G minor, FS 16 (Op. 7) - Carl Nielsen & Iona Brown (36:01)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 2 ("De fire temperamenter"), FS 29 (Op. 16) - Carl Nielsen & Iona Brown (33:56)
  3. 6 Bøhmisk-dansk folketone (Bohemian-Danish Folk Tune), paraphrase for string orchestra, FS 130 - Carl Nielsen & Iona Brown (7:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 3 ("Sinfonia espansiva"), FS 60 (Op. 27) - Carl Nielsen & Iona Brown (36:04)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 4 ("Det uudslukkelige"; "Inextinguishable"), FS 76 (Op. 29) - Carl Nielsen & Iona Brown (34:16)
  3. 6 Ved en ung kunstners baare (At the Bier of a Young Artist), for string quartet & double bass, FS 58 - Carl Nielsen & Iona Brown (4:48)
Disc 3
  1. 1–6 Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50) - Carl Nielsen & Iona Brown (35:47)
  2. 7–10 Symphony No. 6 ("Sinfonia semplice"), FS 116 - Carl Nielsen & Iona Brown (35:31)
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Little Suite, for string orchestra in A minor, FS 6 (Op. 1) - Carl Nielsen & Iona Brown (15:44)
  2. 2 Symfonisk Rhapsodi (Symphonic Rhapsody), for orchestra in F major, FS 7 - Carl Nielsen & BBC Symphony Orchestra (8:31)
  3. 3 Helios, concert overture, FS 32 (Op. 17) - Carl Nielsen & BBC Symphony Orchestra (12:10)
  4. 6–9 Violin concerto, Op. 33 (FS 61) - Carl Nielsen & BBC Symphony Orchestra (37:20)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Overture to Maskarade, FS 39 - Carl Nielsen & BBC Symphony Orchestra (4:45)
  2. 2 Saga-Drøm (Saga Dream), tone poem for orchestra, FS 46 (Op. 39) - Carl Nielsen & Herbert Blomstedt (9:10)
  3. 3 Pan og Syrinx (Pan and Syrinx), for orchestra, FS 87 (Op. 49) - Carl Nielsen & Herbert Blomstedt (8:43)
  4. 4–5 Flute concerto, FS 119 - Carl Nielsen & Herbert Blomstedt (19:11)
  5. 5 En fantasirejse til Faerøene (An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Islands), rhapsodic overture for orchestra, FS 123 - Carl Nielsen & Herbert Blomstedt (10:03)
  6. 7–10 Clarinet concerto, Op. 57 (FS 129) - Carl Nielsen & Herbert Blomstedt (25:34)
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Hymnus amoris, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, FS 21 (Op. 12) - Carl Nielsen & Copenhagen Boys' Choir (22:57)
  2. 5–7 Søvnen (The Sleep), for chorus & orchestra, FS 33 (Op. 18) - Carl Nielsen & Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (18:13)
  3. 8–10 Wind Quintet, FS 100 (Op. 43) - Carl Nielsen & Leif Ove Andsnes (23:57)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Chaconne for piano, Op. 32 (FS 79) - Carl Nielsen & Leif Ove Andsnes (9:23)
  2. 2–7 Den Luciferiske, suite for piano, Op. 45 (FS 91) - Carl Nielsen & Leif Ove Andsnes (21:06)
  3. 8–10 Tre Klaverstykker (Three Pieces for piano), FS 131 (Op. 59) - Carl Nielsen & Leif Ove Andsnes (10:17)
  4. 11–15 Fem Klaverstykker (Five Pieces for piano), FS 10 (Op. 3) - Carl Nielsen & Leif Ove Andsnes (7:24)
  5. 16–21 Humoreske-bagateller (Humoresque-bagatelles) (6), for piano, FS 22 (Op. 11) - Carl Nielsen & Leif Ove Andsnes (5:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra Primary Artist
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