CARL NIELSEN: SONGS FOR CHOIR
01 October 2015
Andrew MellorTHE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Nielsen beyond the symphonies
"Of Nielsen’s 300 popular Danish songs, few have retained a more significant place in Denmark’s national psyche than this ditty on the country’s fabled everyman. Jens the road-mender endlessly chips at rocks before dying unrecognised without a single stone to grace his own grave. The tune is easily learnt, inviting communal participation in a hymn to social justice that gets an appropriately ‘straight’ choral performance in this Dacapo collection."