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Carl Nielsen   (1865 - 1931)

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Carl August Nielsen was born on 9th June 1865 at Sortelung near Nørre Lyndelse on the island of Funen. His father, who was a painter, also worked as a village musician, and as a boy Carl was already playing in his father's dance orchestra. At the same time he played in the local amateur orchestra, Braga, whose repertoire, besides entertainment and dance music, also included the symphonies of Vienna Classicism. At the age of just fourteen he was engaged as a trombonist in the regimental band in Odense.

Alongside his work as a military musician he played string quartets with his friends and studied Das Wohltemperierte Klavier on his own initiative. From these years came his first real attempts at composition - mainly chamber music works in the Classical style.

Thanks to patrons in Odense, Carl Nielsen had the chance to go to Copenhagen, where he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in 1884-86 with the violin as his main subject and the Joachim pupil Valdemar Tofte as his teacher. He was also taught theory (by J.P.E. Hartmann and Orla Rosenhoff), piano (by Gottfred Matthison-Hansen) and music history (by Niels W. Gade).

After his years at the Academy he continued his theoretical studies with Rosenhoff and in 1888 he felt ready to publish his opus 1, the Little Suite for Strings. The next year he was engaged as violinist in the Royal Orchestra, a position he kept until 1905. In 1890, as recognition of his talent, he was awarded the grant Det Ancker'ske Legat, which enabled him to go on a study trip to the Continent. During this trip, in 1891, he married the sculptress Anne Marie Brodersen, who remained his wife for the rest of his life, although the marriage underwent serious crises in some periods.

In the 1890s Carl Nielsen consolidated his position as one of the country's prominent composers with works like the First Symphony op. 7 (1890-92), the J.P. Jacobsen songs op. 4 and 6 (1891), the violin sonata op. 9 (1895) and the choral work Hymnus amoris (1896-97). The years around the turn of the century brought a further two operas, Saul and David (1898-1901) and Maskarade (1904-06), the last of which quickly gained the status of a Danish national opera.

From 1901 he was granted a Government salary, which meant that he was no longer forced to take private pupils to keep up the family finances. A few years afterwards he also signed a general contract with the publisher Wilhelm Hansen, who published more or less all his works until 1924.

Alongside his composing career Carl Nielsen was to hold several important posts in Danish musical life. In the period 1908-1914 he conducted at the Royal Theatre, then from 1915 until 1927 he conducted the concerts of the society Musikforeningen. In 1915 he was elected to the board of trustees of the Royal Academy, where he also taught theory and composition from 1915 until 1919. Finally he was on the boards of the Danish Composers' Society and the Society for the Publication of Danish Music.

From the earliest works on, Carl Nielsen's compositions were permeated by a Classicist aesthetic which deliberately avoided any element of Late Romanticism. But in the course of the 1910s and 1920s he oriented himself more towards the new currents in European music. Little by little he now worked several modernist elements into his music, but without at any time abandoning his very characteristic personal style. This development is very clear in the last three symphonies, no. 4 (1914-16), no. 5 (1921-22) and no. 6 (1924-25).

Alongside the increasingly modernist instrumental works Carl Nielsen worked, with his friend Thomas Laub for example, to reform the Danish national song tradition. This resulted in a number of collections of simple strophic songs where he deliberately tried to perpetuate the ideals of J.A.P. Schulz' Lieder im Volkston (1784).

Carl Nielsen had a distinctive literary talent which resulted in the childhood memoirs 'Min fynske Barndom' (My Childhood on Funen), which is amazingly objective and unsentimental, and the essay collection 'Levende Musik' (Living Music), where his anti-Romantic aesthetics were clearly expressed.

In later years Carl Nielsen suffered from a weak heart, and he died on 3rd October 1931 after a heart attack, 66 years old.

Live Dates

13/01/2015   New York press hails Nielsen milestone
New Yorks musikanmeldere var begejstrede ved koncertopførelsen af Carl Nielsens klarinetkoncert med Anthony McGill, som udkommer på CD til april.
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07/01/2015   Nielsen anniversary year begins in New York
This week, the international celebrations of Carl Nielsen's 150th anniversary year will begin in New York. The Danish national composer will be featured at no less than 5 music events in and around Lincoln Center, and Dacapo's new recording of Nielsen's 5th and 6th symphonies will be released on CD.
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26/09/2014   New York Philharmonic kicks off Nielsen anniversary year
New York Philharmonic varmer op til Nielsen-året med tre koncerter, CD-release og ny live-indspilning i Avery Fisher Hall
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25/09/2012   The Nielsen Project - Videos
New York Philharmonic's Music Director Alan Gilbert talks about "The Nielsen Project"
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11/09/2012   New York Philharmonic releases new Nielsen series on Dacapo
Dacapo Records has signed a contract with one of the world's most famous symphony orchestras, the New York Philharmonic!
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10/10/2011   Gramophone feature: "Everyones talking about Nielsen"
Complex and contradictory, Nielsen's wide output has been sidelined for more than half a century. But, argues Andrew Mellor from Gramophone, we might at last be on the brink of a major, reputation-shifting Nielsen revival. Read the article here
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16/06/2011   Nielsen goes to New York
One of the world's leading symphony orchestras, the legendary New York Philharmonic, is to record all Carl Nielsen's symphonies and concertos for Dacapo Records.
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10/06/2010   Bent G. recommends
This spring Danish radio listeners have been able to hear a discreet gentleman called Bent G. every Sunday morning in the popular classical programme "Open House". We reveal his identity here, along with three of his Dacapo favourites
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30/08/2016   Die Deutche Bühne

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
“Die filmisch hervorragend reproduzierte Inszenierung von David Pountney erzält in Breitwandformat”
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30/08/2016   Kurier für Karlsruhe

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
“Eine qualitative herausragende Aufnahme unter Leitung von Michael Schønwandt, die bestens dazu angetan ist, für hierzulande eher unbelichtete Werk zu werben.”
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30/08/2016   SWR 2

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
”Lohnenswert und anregend.”
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30/08/2016   OperaLounge

Hexe auf dem Fahrrad
”Michael Sch?nwandt ist der einfühlsame Sachwalter für diese Musik.”
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30/08/2016   Concerti

Nielsens Archaik
4/5 Stars

”Michael Schønwandt am Pult des mit brillianten Streichern aufwartenden Royal Danish Orchestra gestaltet die Melange aus archaischer Wucht, tänzerischer Eleganz und neoklassisch klarer Figuranenanalyse mit einer hervorragendem Ensemble sinnlich und nuanciert.”
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29/07/2016   Ballet Review

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "The many pleasures of this very Danish score (with touches of Verdi’s Falstaff) seem to come naturally to Johan Reuter as Henrik, Niels Jørgen Riis and Dénise Beck as the lovers, and Anne Margrethe Dahl and Stephen Billing as Leander’s parents." [..]
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22/07/2016   Avant Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "Si la précision musicale et la prise de son ne peuvent rivaliser avec celles de l’enregistrement studio, voilà néanmoins le témoignage d’une soirée on ne peut plus festive."
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12/07/2016   Avant Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
[..] "Pour l'interprétation magistrale de Johan Reuter et la direction vibrante de Michael Schønwandt, ce premier DVD de l'œuvre s'impose avec évidence."
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07/07/2016   ConcertoNet.com

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
[..] "The performances are on the whole impressive. Johan Reuter is one of today’s top baritones and he gives a thoroughly committed performance in the title role. Niels Jørgen Riis has a tenor that glows ecstatically [..]. Bass Morten Staugaard is most impressive as Samuel. The young Norwegian baritone, Leif Jone Ølberg, displays a notably attractive voice as Abner." [..]
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28/06/2016   American Record Guide

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
"All the groups are wonderful, even the children [..] What comes through again and again is the beauty of Nielsen’s writing, heavily triadic with sparing dissonance and no hint of dark emotion." [..]
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09/06/2016   Fanfare

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
[..] "The performances by all concerned are superbly done - obviously labors of love - and uniformly well recorded. [..]This is simply a delight [..] Enthusiastically recommended."
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31/05/2016   The Wholenote

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
"This exciting DVD presents Carl Nielsen’s remarkable opera Saul and David (1901) recorded live at the Royal Danish Opera, in a production celebrating Nielsen’s 150th birthday. It offers a stellar cast, Michael Schønwandt’s brilliant conducting, David Pountney’s provocative stage direction and optional English or Danish subtitles."[..]
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07/04/2016   MusicWeb International

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"...admiration for a magnificent cast putting their all into a remarkable piece of early Nielsen, […] The upside of this performance is the quality of singing by both soloists and chorus and the magnificently powerful orchestra under the inspired direction of Michael Schønwandt."
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04/04/2016   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
“The hero of Dacapo’s recent recording of Nielsen’s ensemble songs isn’t so much the composer himself as DR (…) whose comprehensive upward-feeding choral system is profiled in its entirety here. Denmark is singing very well, and with a system like this, will continue to do so.”
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01/04/2016   Classica

Carl Nielsen Saul & David
4/4 Stars

[..] "Une réussite."
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31/03/2016   The Classical Reviewer

Carl Nielsen sunget af DRs kor
"This is a very fine selection of Nielsen’s often neglected songs bringing together Denmark’s finest national choirs. They are beautifully recorded in the fine acoustic of the Garnisons Church, Copenhagen."
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30/03/2016   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Sunget af DRs Kor
"The affection and care shine through. Recording quality is excellent. This CD is an essential purchase, not only for lovers of Nielsen but for anyone who loves the sound of unaccompanied choirs."
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02/03/2016   Forum Opera

CARL NIELSEN Saul og David
"Quant au Saül de Johan Reuter, ses qualités d'acteur impressionnent sans doute davantage que ses pures forces vocales, mais il n'en compose pas moins un mémorable personnage ravagé par le doute et la jalousie."
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01/03/2016   Nouveauté

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
4/4 Stars

[..] "Cette interprétation séduit totalement tant elle répand bonne humeur et humour tout en magnifiant les trésors de la partition." [..]
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02/02/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"På plussiden må noteres, at en række af legebarnet Pountneys påhit er meget virkningsfulde. Og hvad det musikalske angår er alt i de bedste hænder hos Det Kongelige Kapel og Operakor, dirigeret af Nielsen-specialisten Michael Schønwandt."
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01/02/2016   Klassisk

CARL NIELSEN: Saul og David
"Saul er en splittet person, Johan Reuter fremstiller ham formidabelt. Michael Schønwandt skaber musikalsk perfekt indlevelse."
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22/01/2016   American Record Guide

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Chorus and orchestra are incontestably authoritative. The sound is superbly vivid. As I have said before, jaded opera lovers, who think there are no new discoveries to be had, should rush to secure this recording while it lasts. It, and the work itself, are irresistible!"
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01/01/2016   Diapason

CARL NIELSEN Koncerter
5/5 Stars

"Le concertato délicieux du violoniste et des bois est prodigieux d'imagination désinvolte, la technique si parfait qu'on n'entend que sa musique,"
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01/01/2016   The Irish Times

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Well sung and interpreted as here, Maskarade deserves to be much more widely known."
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01/12/2015   BBC Music Magazine

CARL NIELSEN: Concertos
4/5 Stars

"... the quality of the New York Philharmonic's woodwind principals is evident throughout the disc."
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01/12/2015   L'Avant-Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "Malgré quelques faiblesses dans la distribution qui n'entachent pas gravement la réussite du projet, Schønwandt a donc eu pleinement raison de confir aux micros Dacapo sa novelle version de cette œuvre jubilatoire."
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26/11/2015   The New York Times

Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos (Live)
"Mr. Gilbert balances the late-Romantic and searching contemporary elements of the symphonies in these spontaneous seeming yet organic performances."
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11/11/2015   Audiophile Audition

CARL NIELSEN: MASKARADE
5/5 Stars

"With the excellence of the cast, completely delightful and engaging, plus the radiant playing of the DNSO under Michael Schonwandt in sound that is state of the art and wonderfully balanced, this is simply the recording to own."
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10/11/2015   Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
3/4 Stars

"[..] un excellent chef danois de réputation internationale (Michael Schønwandt) et une belle brochette de chanteurs, majoritairement danois."
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05/11/2015   American Record Guide

Nielsen: Concertos (Live)
"Znaider, Langevin, McGill, Gilbert, and the Philharmonic are in complete command of Nielsen’s scores, rendering each with sonic elegance, technical brilliance, and expressive insight."
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02/11/2015   Luister

CARL NIELSEN Symfonier og koncerter
"Kort en goed: zeker geen slechte set, maar alles iverziend missen ook deze opnames de overweldigende directheid en vanzelfsprekendheid van Blomstedt op Decca."
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01/11/2015   Audio

Carl Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos
"Für Alan Gilbert vermittelt Carl Nielsens Musik eine „universelle menschliche Erfahrung".Grund genug, dem dänischen Komponisten ein eigenes Projekt zu widmen. Nun krönt der Chefdirigent des New York Philharmonic seinen Nielsen-Zyklus mit einer Aufnahme der drei Konzerte des Komponisten, die 2012 und 2015 live aufgezeichnet wurden. Zusammen mit Nikolaj Znaider im Geigenkonzert (1911/12), Robert Langevin im Flötenkonzert (1926) und Anthony McGill im Klarinetten-konzert (1928) bringt Gilbert Nielsens Musik-sprache bei aller Liebe ausgesprochen differenziert zum Klingen — und weckt Neugier auf mehr."
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01/11/2015   Oper!

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"(...) Und für die jüngste Einspielung der Maskarade sind es erneut Chor und Nationalorchester, die unter der federnden, buffoleichten und temperamentvollen Leitung von Michael Schønwandt diese melodiös funkelnde, vor witzigen tonsetzerischen Einfällen nur so sprühende Opernrarität für das dänische Label Dacapo aufgenommen haben. Entstanden ist eine Einspielung, die rundum überzeugt..."
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01/11/2015   Diapason

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "je suis convaincu que cet enregistrement aura conduit de nombreux amateurs d'opéra vers cette célébration musicale de l'amour et de la vie."[..]
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23/10/2015   Fanfare

Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos (Live)
"(...) to me Nielsen is as much about originality in orchestration and orchestral color as in originality of musical progression. Gilbert gets this, and brings out all of Nielsen’s wonderful colors.(...) As I say, these are certainly among Gilbert’s finest efforts on disc..."
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23/10/2015   Fanfare

Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos (Live)
"…Robert Langevin’s fluent, gossamer playing and ecstatic reading are wonderful; Gilbert’s accompaniment hits the contrasting, bombastic tutti passages just right. This is the highlight of the concerto disc, even of the entire set"
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23/10/2015   Fanfare

Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos (Live)
"(...) performances are exceptionally well played and balanced, the composer’s scoring clarified to an unprecedented extent, especially in tutti (...)"
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20/10/2015   Audiophile Audition

Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos (Live)
"Gilbert finally comes alive in this impressive set."
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20/10/2015   Klassieke Zaken

Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos (Live)
"‘Hij wilde dat de slagweker in het orkest geen stokjes maar takken gebruikte, regelrecht uit het bos gehaald. Zoiets zegt veel over deze fascinerende figuur die zulke unieke muziek schreef. Traditioneel in formele zin, maar hoogst origineel wat betreft expressie—voor mij een echte kanjer.’ Het was al heel lang een droom van dirigent Alan Gilbert om het symfonisch werk van Carl Nielsen eens intensief uit te pluizen. Wel, de afgelopen jaren hebben ze het in New York geweten: bij talloze gelegenheden werd een lans gebroken voor de zes symfonieen en drie soloconcerten van de Deen, met als gevolg geregeld een nieuwe cd. Nu de laatste verschijnt, worden ze allemaal samengevat in een handzaam doosje. Het integrale symfonische oeuvre door de New York Philharmonic—om door een ringetje te halen, een echte traktatie. Dat van die takken is niet zomaar een anekdote. Gilbert associeert veel muziek van Nielsen met natuurschildering, idylle, Deense folklore. Bij deze uitvoeringen—vooral in de langzame delen—duft hij de laatromantiek te laten herleven, ofschoon Nielsen soms ook nukkige eigentijdsheden niet schuwde. In de Vijfde symfonie (1922) laat hij bijvoorbeeld een kosmische oorlog plaatsvinden tussen licht en donker. Gilbert weet er een filmmuziekachtige spanning mee op te roepen die aan horror grenst"
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14/10/2015   Concerto Net

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Maskarade, a lasting cornerstone within Danish culture"
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13/10/2015   Opera Now

Nielsen: Maskarade
"…interesting, enjoyable and worth investigating"
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06/10/2015   Diapason d'Or - Octobre 2015

Maskarade - Diapason d'Or
5/5 Stars

"La baguette alerte et subtile de Michael Schønwandt est aussi à l’aise dans le ton XVIIIe que dans la veine populair."
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01/10/2015   Klassiekezaken

Bruisende muziek
"Nielsen wilde Le nozze di Figaro, Falstaff en Die Meistersinger naar de kroon steken en dat is hem voortreffelijk gelukt."
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01/10/2015   Klassikezaken

Deense Folklore
"Gilbert weet er een filmmuziekachtige spanning mee op te roepen die aan horror grenst."
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01/10/2015   Das Opernglas

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"Vom Danish National Symphony Orchestra unter der Leitung von Michael Schønwandt liegt nun das Werk des dänischen Nationalkomponisten in einer im vergangenen Jahr entstandenen beachtenswerten Einspielung vor..."
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01/10/2015   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Nielsen beyond the symphonies

"Few works underscore Nielsen’s desire to overturn the old order better than this, a snapshot from 1906 of a changing Denmark that advocates art for all and freedom in youth. It’s full of marvellous tunes and orchestral joie de vivre, particularly in this new recording. Not many composers can tread the line between profundity and froth, but Nielsen does so deliciously even when the opera collapses into a cavalcade of partying."
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01/10/2015   Ascolta

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"Det er blevet en helt rigtig Maskarade til tiden"
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01/10/2015   Gramophone

CARL NIELSEN: SONGS FOR CHOIR
THE 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."
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30/09/2015   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: Kammermusik Vol. 2
GRAMOPHONE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Nielsen beyond the symphonies
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16/09/2015   The Guardian

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
4/5 Stars

"Cast, conductor and orchestra relish every bar"
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14/09/2015   The Arts Desk

Nielsen: Concertos (Live)
"Nielsen’s Violin Concerto…gets an excellent performance from Nikolaj Znaider. Rarely has such an expansive piece felt so compact and finely-wrought, Znaider never letting Nielsen’s stream of ideas ramble. He’s handsomely supported by Alan Gilbert’s New York Philharmonic, the live recording well balanced."
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07/09/2015   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"The singing on this Dacapo set is just fabulous; it’s consistently accurate and imaginative… This gorgeous set confirms Michael Schønwandt as a Nielsen conductor of rare distinction; a Maskarade for the ages."
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03/09/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

Carl Nielsen: Koncerter
4/6 Stars

”Violinisten vinder: Violinkoncerten blev til i slipstrømmen på 3. Symfoni og er præget af samme energi, store fortællestil og som noget helt særligt en spillemandsstil, som sangbare fraseringer og dynamiske finesser for at afdække lag på lag i denne koncert, der er mere end blot virtuoserier.”
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03/09/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
6/6 Stars

"Denne udgaves virkelige trumfkort er Michael Schønwandt og det virtuost spillende DR Symfoniorkestret"
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01/09/2015   BBC Music

Nielsen: Maskarade
5/5 Stars

Nielsen for the modern age
"Micheal Schønwandt conducts with great detail and sweep"
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21/08/2015   Pizzicato

NIELSEN: MASKARADE
5/5 Stars

"Die Sänger, die für diese Produktion engagiert wurden, bringen die Komödie auf hohem Niveau zu Leben und da auch Schoenwandt die leichte und spritzige Musik des Komponisten mit viel Sinn für den klugem Witz auf die höhere Qualitätsschiene hebt, ist alles vereint, um dem Hörer zwei vergängliche Stunden mit geistreicher, sprühender Musik zu garantieren."
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21/08/2015   Pizzicato

CARL NIELSEN: Maskarade
"Die Sänger, die für diese Produktion engagiert wurden, bringen die Komödie auf hohem Niveau zu Leben"
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21/08/2015   Musicweb International

Nielsen: Maskarade
*RECORDING OF THE MONTH*
This is a wonderful set, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Offhand it’s hard to imagine a happier celebration of Nielsen’s 150th anniversary.
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30/07/2015   MusicWeb International

Nielsen: Concertos
"...Znaider takes command and doesn’t let go. He varies his tone, as the music requires, from big and fruity to soft and silvery (...) The sound is terrific and one can hear all kinds of details in the orchestra that would otherwise go unnoticed. Dacapo’s production is fully in the luxury class. In every way this SACD is a winner and a fine conclusion to Alan Gilbert’s Nielsen cycle."
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29/07/2015   BBC Music Magazine

Nielsen: Maskarade
"This latest CD boasts probably the strongest cast on record so far. The mighty bass Stephen Milling catches the ageing paterfamilias Jeronimus’s comically fallible humanity likeably."
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28/07/2015   Examiner.com

Nielsen: Concertos
"Whether Nielsen is taking a retrospective or a prospective stance, Gilbert always seems to find the right approach to phrasing his thematic content, coloring it with just the right balance of instrumental resources, and managing the give-and-take between soloist and ensemble …this recent release is definitely an excellent way for the attentive listener to get to know the concertos."
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24/07/2015   Gramophone

Nielsen: Concertos
"Throughout this disc Alan Gilbert and the NYPO play on the kinship that exists between the symphonies that effectively gave the Flute and Clarinet Concertos breath. The latter is a substantial chip off the block that is the Fifth Symphony—and even has the clarinettist bring his old sparring partner, the side drum, with him. NYPO principal Anthony McGill revels effortlessly in its wild improvisatory nature and those elemental pyrotechnics."
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24/07/2015   Gramophone EDITOR's CHOICE

Nielsen: Maskarade
"As with Scriabin, Nielsen’s anniversary invites us to reassess the composer with new recordings, in this case a fourth—and successful—outing on disc for Maskarade."
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22/07/2015   SA-CD.net

Nielsen: Concertos
"The violin concerto alone makes this disk an absolute must, with, as a bonus, getting the other two, expertly and convincingly played […] Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic play and sound, with the help of excellent engineering…gorgeous. Bravissimo!"
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17/07/2015   The Times

Simple and sunny - is this really Carl Nielsen?
4/5 Stars

"This exemplary new studio recording is a must-have… Here is a cast whose singing brings the comedy to life under the expert baton of Michael Schønwandt. Enjoy two hours of top-notch light music and brush up your Danish in the process."
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13/07/2015   Allmusic.com

Nielsen: Concertos
"...exceptional performances by violinist Nikolaj Znaider, flutist Robert Langevin, and clarinetist Anthony McGill…"
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13/07/2015   SA-CD.net

Nielsen: Maskarade
"Throughout, Michael Schønwandt keeps an iron grip, particularly on the pacing of the sometimes quite complex interactions of soloists and choir. He also ensures that the many dances have rhythmic spring and lilt, and that there are plenty of major contrasts in both speed and dynamics as Nielsen’s score demands. The soloists are in top voice (...) Their comical mocking voices and sneering descriptions of character friends are well done and amusing. It is immediately obvious that the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir are also fired up, keeping the listener in thrall throughout the three acts."
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10/07/2015   Infodad.com

Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos
"The concertos are very well played by violinist Nikolaj Znaider and two first chairs of the New York Philharmonic, Robert Langevin and Anthony McGill. And the orchestra itself performs with excellent responsiveness and a very warm tone for conductor Alan Gilbert …the recordings of all symphonies deserve recognition for the very fine playing of the ensemble and the excellent sound with which the discs are endowed. And the concerto performances show how much Gilbert is capable of doing with Nielsen’s music when he really sets his mind to it and complements the orchestra’s performance with excellent interpretations by first-rate soloists."
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07/07/2015   American Record Guide

Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
"…outstanding playing and powerful interpretations. Everything rolls out smoothly, at a slightly slow tempo, with dignity and effortless execution. Textures are impeccably sculpted and blended."
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07/07/2015   American Record Guide

Nielsen: Songs for choir
"The warm, amiable sound of the small chamber group is aptly attuned to [Nielsen’s] music. …don’t hesitate to seek this out."
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03/07/2015   Basler Zeitung

Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos
"Spielt doch mehr Nielsen, bitte!"
Ein dringlicher Hinweis auf den dänischen Komponisten Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
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01/07/2015   Allmusic.com

Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos (Live)
"Gilbert has made definitive statements of Nielsen’s most important orchestral works, preserved in the multichannel presentation that does them justice, both for their exquisite details and spacious sound. This set is sure to appeal to Nielsen buffs and audiophiles, and is recommended to any who missed the individual releases."
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30/06/2015   Classical CD Review

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier og koncerter
"Over the past months this site has praised the Alan Gibert/New York Philharmonic series of all of the symphonies of Carl Nielsen. Now all of these including the concertos have been issued in a boxed set, five disks for the price of four. These are all near-perfect performances recorded with utmost realism, highly recommended."
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30/06/2015   David's Review Corner

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
"The sound is excellent with ideal balance between soloists and orchestra which also reveals every small orchestral detail."
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19/06/2015   Fyens Amts Avis

The Unknown Carl Nielsen
3/6 Stars

"Sangene, fortolket af Dénise Beck, Johan Reuter og Ars Nova Copenhagen med Michael Bojesen, er her blevet oversat bemærkelsesværdigt ordret til et smukt og poetisk engelsk."
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18/06/2015   David's Review Corner

Carl Nielsen: Koncerter
"The sound is outstanding in its clarity, balance and impact. A remarkable conclusion to the orchestra’s Nielsen symphonic cycle."
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17/06/2015   Kristeligt Dagblad

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier og koncerter
"Har man ikke Carl Nielsens symfonier i sin samling, er der god økonomi - og betydeligt kunstnerisk udbytte - i at anskaffe sig den komplette boks med i alt fire cd'er."
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17/06/2015   Fanfare

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
"Gilbert has a fine sense of Nielsen’s quirky rhetoric: The dramatic effects of his colors; the dizzying disorientation of his superimposed conflicts; the misleading premonitions of things to come; the emotional point of Nielsen’s unexpected dissonances and harmonic lurches. Gilbert usually has a fine ear for balances, too. The orchestra plays magnificently, with exceptional solo work, and a terrifying unanimity where required; and…the aural experience is more satisfying than anything I’ve heard live at Avery Fisher. If you buy this recording, you surely won’t feel that you’ve wasted your money."
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17/06/2015   Fanfare

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
"The recorded sound is marvelous. The CD has terrific impact; the SACD is especially effective in quiet passages among the winds, and it pinpoints Nielsen’s subtly crisscrossing harmonies. I have no hesitation recommending this disc and all of Gilbert’s Nielsen."
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09/06/2015   Politiken

Carl Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos
4/6 Hjerter

"Gilbert har en effektiv, kraftfuldt fremadpegende måde at dirigere Nielsen på, der lukker musikken ind i det 21. århundrede."
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09/06/2015   JydskeVestkysten

Den danske sang er en fair young maiden
"At de vigtigste sange nu foreligger i professionel oversættelse og fortolkes så forbilledligt kan kun føre mere godt med sig."
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09/06/2015   Jyllands-Posten

Carl Nielsen: SYMFONI NR. 5 OG 6
5/6 Stars

"Pågående, bomstærk og alligevel trimmet. Newyorkernes rå kraft er et blæret fikspunkt, der slår benene væk under én."
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09/06/2015   Jyllands-Posten

CARL NIELSEN: KONCERTER
3/6 Stars

"Med luftig afspændthed og stram struktur holder Gilbert en perfekt orkesterbalance i de tre koncerter."
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09/06/2015   Kristeligt Dagblad

Gaven til venner i udlandet
5/6 Stars

"Den ene perle afløser den anden, og Becks fine kvindestemme og Reuters mandige røst glæder i lige høj grad lytteren, ligesom Ars Nova også fryder med deres lette Nielsen-stil."
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09/06/2015   Politiken

Carl Nielsen: Maskarade
5/6 Hjerter

"Alt føles rigtigt, og han kommer paletten rundt. Både det kradsbørstige og det poetiske sidder lige i øjet."
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08/06/2015   WQXR (New York)

Carl Nielsen: Songs for choir
"Ars Nova Copenhagen performs with exquisite balance, unanimity and warmth."
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03/06/2015   Opera News

Carl Nielsen: Songs for choir
"This album documents an important segment of Nielsen’s output that is unknown outside of his native country, and it makes for exceptionally pleasant listening"
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01/06/2015   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: Songs for choir
"Would you want to listen to 20 of these songs so plainly delivered in one sitting? In an anniversary year like this, if you’ve any interest in Nielsen, you should."
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07/05/2015   Scene Magazine

Carl Nielsen: Songs for choir
"The dozen Danish members of Ars Nova Copenhagen under the direction of conductor Michael Bojesen do a more than adequate job of bringing the songs to life."
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01/05/2015   Magasinet Klassisk

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier og koncerter
"De mange pladeindspilninger, som netop er udkommet, eller som er på trapperne - især symfoni-indspilningerne med New York Filharmonikerne og Alan Gilbert (Dacapo), Stockholm Filharmonikerne og Sakari Oramo (BIS) og BBC Philharmonic og John Storgårds (Chandos) - burde alle bidrage til en øget interesse og en vilje til at lytte, udforske og sammenligne de forskellige indspilninger, og ikke kun af feinschmeckere, men også almindeligt interesserede klassisk musik-lyttere. Og hvis man skal tro pladeselskabsdirektørerne, så er det godt med den megen konkurrence. "Det er kun godt! Det er jo super spændende musik", siger Henrik Rørdam fra Dacapo, som spår, af Alan Gilberts indspilning af symfonierne kommer til at stå som et monument ikke blot over Nielsens musik, men også over Gilberts tid som chef for New York Filharmonikerne, når han forlader orkestret i 2017."
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13/04/2015   Enjoy the Music

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
5/5 Stars

"Nielsen’s symphonies require a great orchestra, superb engineering, and a deeply sympathetic conductor who both understands and loves the music. Here we have all three. The New York Philharmonic is a virtuoso ensemble that can handle the composer’s sometime impossible demands with grace and power. Dacapo’s recording team has given us the most spacious, detailed, and transparent sound these works have ever received. [...] Those who know this music will be startled by how much expressive detail they hear, especially at the big climaxes, where even the best recordings often come up short."
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06/04/2015   ClassicalCDReview.com

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
"Astounding orchestral virtuosity is heard throughout..."
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01/04/2015   Classica

CARL NIELSEN Symfonier 5 og 6
4/5 Stars

"Une verdeur qui grinçantes et incohérentes du mouvement final, superbement mises en lumière par la qualité de la prise de son."
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27/03/2015   Super Audio CT

Energisch und Straff
4/4 Stars

"Es ist dem Dirigenten offenkundig daran gelegen, das überschäumende Temperament der Musik sowie deren harmonisch zukunftsweisende Qualitäten in den Vordergrund zu stellen."
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23/03/2015   Audiophile Audition

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
4/5 Stars

"Intensely layered, the music achieves a weird density that dissolves into a waltz worthy of the Danse macabre."
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23/03/2015   Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
"Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic carry the day, with carefully impassioned readings of both symphonies that are surely to my mind definitive. It is a moving disk, something a Nielsenite will cherish and a newcomer will get the best possible way into the works. This is by all means a triumph!"
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20/03/2015   Cinemusical

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
4/4 Stars

"Gilbert and the NY Philharmonic make a fabulous and powerful case for [these works] in this new release."
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19/03/2015   Sinfini Music

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
4/5 Stars

"Michael Bojesen’s sensitive harmonisations, based on Nielsen’s original piano parts, are matched by his fine feeling for nuance in performance and top quality singing from Ars Nova’s dozen choristers."
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16/03/2015   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
"Gilbert’s Fifth and Sixth are a clear Record of Month, a stunning artistic and administrative achievement fully realizing the high expectations at the outset of this Danish-American collaboration."
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12/03/2015   Scene Magazine

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
"In his last two symphonies, composer Carl Nielsen shared his own vision of a battle between good and evil – so says conductor Alan Gilbert, whose compelling versions of Nielsen’s fifth and sixth symphonies are the subject of this recent release."
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09/03/2015   ClassicalCDReview.com

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
"Astounding orchestral virtuosity is heard throughout [...] the engineers have done a remarkable job in achieving a big, bright and solid orchestral sound."
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01/03/2015   Online Merker

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
"Entdecken lohnt sich!"
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26/02/2015   Infodad.com

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
"The orchestra itself has not sounded this good since the Bernstein era: Gilbert clearly knows how to extract the maximum warmth, precision and sectional balance from an orchestra that has often been rather ragged and unruly under a variety of conductors."
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17/02/2015   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
"As one would expect from Dacapo the engineering is first-rate; the choir's ideally balanced and the sound is utterly natural right across the range."
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17/02/2015   SA-CD.net

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
4/5 Stars

"A most recommendable conclusion to a fine Nielsen Symphony cycle."
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16/02/2015   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
"In sum, this is a reliable and intermittently distinguished modern set of the Nielsen symphonies."
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14/02/2015   The Arts Desk

Carl Nielsen Symfonier: 5 og 6
"Gilbert’s weighty, serious approach [on the Fifth Symphony] is effective. The extended static passages are unusually ominous, brass and percussion letting rip to deafening effect. The improvised side drum solo is terrifying. The first movement’s pale, exhausted close is wonderful, preceding a second movement where Gilbert’s well-chosen tempo allows his players to articulate the notes. The symphony’s dizzying ending rightly astonishes, Nielsen avoiding the expected peroration with an abrupt, ecstatic screeching of brakes. Sensational music, superbly played, and a fitting conclusion to an impressive new Nielsen cycle."
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07/02/2015   SA-CD.net

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
5/5 Stars

"Singing with deeply fervent pride, the sound of the twelve singers of Ars Nova Copenhagen is immediately recognisable for its tone, clarity, balance and expressiveness, and they treat these simple songs as if they were some of Nielsen's greatest masterpieces."
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02/02/2015   DR P2 Ugens Album

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
”Carl Nielsens sange er Carl Nielsen på sin absolutte hjemmebane. På Ugens Album i fremragende flerstemmige versioner med Ars Nova Copenhagen.”
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30/01/2015   Politiken

Det komplekse og det enkle hos Carl Nielsen
5/6 Hjerter

"Ars Nova synger med smuk balance og perfekt klanglig egalitet. Arrangementerne er enkle og respektfulde, og ingen (...) kan undgå at blive ramt på følelserne."
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20/01/2015   Classics Today 10/10

NY Phil Nielsen Cycle Concludes on a High Note
"If you like your Nielsen big, bold, and gutsy, then this is the cycle you need to own... This is fantastic."
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14/12/2014   Berlingske - ÅRETS BEDSTE 2014

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
"Arrangementerne er meget velformede og modsat af overlæssede. Så svært – og dog så enkelt."
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14/12/2014   Berlingske – ÅRETS BEDSTE 2014

Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 1 og 4
"Den runde lyd og internationale atmosfære klæder nu også musikken godt."
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03/12/2014   Orchestral Choice BBC Music Magazine

Fresh and daring Nielsen
5/5 Stars

"Gilbert interprets flexibly and sympathetically, and is again rewarded by wholehearted playing."
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02/12/2014   MusicWeb International

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
"There’s a good deal to admire in these performances and Dacapo’s superbly defined SACD sound is most impressive."
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14/11/2014   Klassisk

Symfonisk Supertanker Spiller Dansk
4/6 Stars

"Der er ingen berøringsangst i Gilberts tilgang til denne musik, og måske netop derfor lykkes det ham og New York Filharmonikerne af løfte Carl Nielsens Symfoni nr. 1 ud af en dansk kontekst og ind i en international liga."
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07/11/2014   SA-CD.net

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
4/5 Stars

“The playing of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra…shows that they are still one of the world’s great orchestras. Strings possess a glowing richness and warmth, woodwinds are characterful with every solo beautifully phrased, while the burnished lower brass and fabulous horn section thrill with every entry.”
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05/11/2014   The New York Times

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
"Rustic colors, folksy elements, advanced chromatic harmonic writing, mystical strangeness and spurts of wildness, all conveyed in Mr. Gilbert’s vivid readings."
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03/11/2014   Classical Music Sentinel

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
“As in their previous release […] conductor Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic musicians once again deliver a walloping “live” account of these scores, with an even balance of power, detail, clarity, and above all a musical pulse and narrative that pulls you in from start to finish, all well captured by the Dacapo recording engineers.”
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29/10/2014   Audiophile Audition

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
"Fine reading of these important, somewhat rare masterpieces […] I have always loved nearly all the music of the dynamic and very unique Danish composer Carl Nielsen.”
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26/10/2014   Classical Source

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
“The New York Philharmonic is in top form, responding to its music director with playing at once committed, powerful and sensitive… An impressive and recommendable release.”
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23/10/2014   NPR Music

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
"With off-kilter rhythms and compact, often spiky melodies, they still sound extraordinarily fresh."
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13/10/2014   Allmusic.com

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
5/5 Stars

"The orchestra demonstrates its best playing throughout, with clear separation of colors and a wide dynamic range, so the super audio showcase is fully warranted."
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09/10/2014   Sinfini Music

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
4/5 Stars

"The New York Philharmonic’s playing is mostly magnificent, its horns especially impressive in third movements and its first clarinettist as subtle as can be very early on in both symphonies."
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29/09/2014   ClassicsToday.com

Gilbert’s Powerful Nielsen Cycle Continues
6/6 Stars

"The engineers have captured the impression of a live performance, caught on the wing, and the audience is mercifully quiet. This is a very impressive release."
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19/09/2014   Cinemusical

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
4/5 Stars

"The ensemble has managed to gain a real understanding of the style and aesthetic of this music under Gilbert’s leadership."
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19/09/2014   Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 4
"Alan Gilbert's Fourth is a triumph. There is strongly defined part writing that Gilbert realizes vividly, and a dramatic push on the edge of the ecstatic that this version captures beautifully."
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06/05/2014   Gramophone

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
"Under Hillier’s direction, Ars Nova Copenhagen perform a cappella, with meticulously shaded dynamics, articulation and colour."
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04/05/2014   Diapason

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
5/5 Stars

"Les membres de Ars Nova Copenhagen respirent et phrasent d'une seule voix."
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16/02/2014   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
5/6 Stars

"Nænsomme, fine og forførende udgaver.", "Weyse, Gade og Nielsen smiler med i graven".
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13/02/2014   Politiken

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
4/6 Hjerter

"En nærmest ufattelig perfektion præger hele CD'en."
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01/07/2013   Enjoy the Music

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"If you don’t know these works, these thrilling, gorgeous-sounding performances will provide the perfect introduction. Those already addicted to Nielsen will also find much to enjoy here. Gilbert’s freshness and vitality will make you fall in love with these works all over again."
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18/06/2013   BBC Music Magazine

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
5/5 Stars

"An immensely promising start to what could well prove a landmark cycle"
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23/05/2013   Ritmo

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"Sonido espectacular, especialmente transparente, gracias a los ingenieros de Dacapo, y al formato SACD. Más que recomendable."
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04/03/2013   Fanfare

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"A mightily impressive recording."
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01/03/2013   Diapason

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
5/5 Stars

"Toute l'oeuvre semble fluide, ailée, malgré son écriture capricieuse."
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28/01/2013   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"This is a disc to have and to hold from this day forth."
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28/01/2013   American Record Guide

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"I would not be without this newcomer from New York."
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08/01/2013   Minnesota Public Radio

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"There's something about his music — the lushness of the sound, the expansive quality that I think is appropriate for the music, the precision, frankly, that's required." (Alan Gilbert)
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01/12/2012   Berlingske Tidende

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
Berlingske - Årets Bedste 2012. "Forbløffende god indføling med fynboens kringlede melodier."
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22/11/2012   Aarhus Stiftstidende

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
6/6 Stars

"New York’erne er forrygende velspillende og klangligt medrivende."
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14/11/2012   Sydsvenskan

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
5/5 Stars

"New Yorks filharmoniker hittar alla de rätta temperamenten.", "Medryckande!"
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03/11/2012   SPIEGEL online

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"Strömt mit üppiger Klangfülle, spült über Grenzen klassischer Harmonik hinweg und kitzelt die Hörer mit vielfarbiger Instrumentierung."
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01/11/2012   OPUS

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
5/6 Stars

"Gilbert lyckas som få att både förmedla en internationell Nielsen och bevara danskheten."
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23/10/2012   allmusic.com

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
4/5 Stars

"With Dacapo's typically clear sound, this is a fine addition to symphonic libraries"
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20/10/2012   Berlingske Tidende

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
6/6 Stars

"Mødet mellem amerikanernes ældste orkester og danskernes største komponist er en stjernestund fra ende til anden."
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19/10/2012   Weekendavisen

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"New York Philharmonics indspilninger af Carl Nielsens symfonier og koncerter er en åbenbaring."
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14/10/2012   Jyllands-Posten

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
5/6 Stars

"Suveræne newyorkere får Nielsen til at stråle".
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12/10/2012   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
RECORDING OF THE MONTH - "It’s one of the finest CDs ever produced … period."
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11/10/2012   Audiophile Audition

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"These symphonies are two of the greatest that the twentieth century has to offer.", "Gilbert’s performance is magnificent."
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10/10/2012   Politiken

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
5/6 Hjerter

"Der er så meget knald på Alan Gilberts amerikanske Nielsenprojekt, at man sidder med håret blæst helt tilbage (...) spillet er muskuløst og rent ud sagt pissehamrende flot".
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10/10/2012   Cinemusical

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
4/4 Stars

"The relaxed atmosphere of these performances brings an almost innate joy in the music making that result in fabulous performances."
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10/10/2012   Kristeligt Dagblad

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
6/6 Stars

"Mageløst nærværende Carl Nielsen"
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10/10/2012   Information

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"Alan Gilberts Nielsen-odysse har lagt fra land med ikke så lidt selvbevidsthed, erobringslyst og friske øjne. Det bliver selvsagt spændende at følge den videre færd".
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30/09/2012   Classicstoday.com

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
Artistic Quality: 10 - Sound Quality: 10 - "The New York Philharmonic is a powerhouse orchestra, Nielsen is a powerhouse symphonist, and Alan Gilbert revels in the music’s energy and dynamism."
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25/09/2012   Crescenta Valley Weekly

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"A remarkable recording sonically and interpretively – and a magnificent testament to the talents of Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic."
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25/09/2012   BBC Music Review

Carl Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3
"These are rich and hugely enjoyable performances."
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15/08/2012   ConcertoNet.com

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 2
”La compréhension intime de l’esprit et de la musique de leur compatriote permet une interprétation toujours d’un bon niveau et souvent inspirée.”
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13/07/2012   Flensborg Avis

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 2
"Endnu en fantastisk boks med genudgivelser."
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11/06/2012   Fyens Stiftstidene

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 2
5/6 Stars

"Noget nær det perfekte"
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21/05/2012   SØNDAG

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 2
"Fyn er fin, og Carl Nielsen er Fyns fineste."
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05/02/2012   Classics Today (10/10)

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
"If you haven't yet heard these performances, then this set will be a mandatory acquisition, particularly if you want to get a big chunk of Nielsen in a single shot"
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28/11/2011   Pizzicato

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
5/5 Stars

"Schønwandt zeigt mit seinem Nielsen, dass die bei anderen Dirrigenten festgestellte Klangopulenz die sechs Symphonien des Dänen zwar spektakulär werden lässt, dabei jedoch unendlich viele Details untergehen, die die Musik unerhört reich werden lassen."
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12/09/2011   Søndag

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
"Noget af det mest kraftfulde og livsbekræftende inden for nyere skandinavisk komposition"
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31/08/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
5/6 Stars

"Pragtfulde værker, spillet med saft og kraft, lige fra forspillet til Maskarade til Helios-ouverturen"
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04/10/2010   DR P2

DR P2 Prize 2010 – Danish Vocal Release of the Year

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06/09/2010   Opera News

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"All four works on this disc receive first-rate performances."
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18/04/2010   Dansk Musik Tidsskrift

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"Den entusiasme, der præger indspilningen, og den klingende tidsånd fra begyndelsen af det 20. århundrede berettiger fuldt ud udgivelsen."
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04/04/2010   Diapason

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas

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01/04/2010   Classics Today

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"All of the music here is well sung, played, and recorded"
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26/03/2010   Classical Lost and Found

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"The substantial combined forces (...) under conductor Bo Holten are perfectly suited to this celebratory music."
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09/03/2010   allmusic.com

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
4 Stars

"The performances led by Bo Holten are sincere, heartfelt, and determined."
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09/02/2010   Musicweb International

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"The pleasure is enhanced by some wonderfully well-rehearsed singing - burnished and superbly drilled."
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02/01/2010   Jyllands-Posten

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"Den er forfriskende dansk med folkehøjskolen på sidelinjen."
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31/10/2009   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Carl Nielsen: Cantatas
"Bo Holten får alt ud af musikken"
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01/01/2009   Classics Today

Carl Nielsen: Chamber Music Vol. 2
"This is an important release, containing magnificent performances of some major works."
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10/08/2008   New York Times

Carl Nielsen: String Quartets Vol. 2
"...the impassioned, insightful performances again shed light on fascinating repertory (...) they play Nielsen's quartets as if they owned them"
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01/10/2007   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: Orchestral Music
EDITOR'S CHOICE - "This is outstanding..."
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05/08/2007   New York Times

Carl Nielsen: String Quartets Vol. 1
"These are youthful and energetic performances (...) These young Danes seem to have a genuine insight into the music of their country's best known composer"
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01/07/2007   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: String Quartets Vol. 1
EDITOR'S CHOICE - "Has Nielsen been played better?"
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30/01/2007   Politiken

Carl Nielsen: Orchestral Music
5/6 Hjerter

"Ligesom i forspillet og den kække 'Hanedans' fra 'Maskerade' behandler Thomas Dausgaard musikken klart og muskuløst. Det er energiske fortolkninger med minimale mængder af lommeuld"
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15/09/1994   International Record Review

Blæserkvintetter
"The most immediately striking about this release is how wonderful it sounds...The playing is delightful."
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15/09/1994   American Record Review

Wind Quintets
"The Scandinavian Woodwind Quintet is a wonderful group that has one of the smoothest, best-blend sounds I have heard."
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15/09/1994   BBC Music Magazine

Wind Quintets
5 Stars


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Discography

Saul og David
Saul og David
Carl Nielsen

DVD 2.110412 (2015)

Carl Nielsen sung by the Danish National Choirs
Carl Nielsen sung by the Danish National Choirs

CD 8.226112 (2015)

Så syng da, Danmark! Carl Nielsen
Så syng da, Danmark! Carl Nielsen

CD 8.224710 (2015)

Concertos
Concertos
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220556 (2015)

The Symphonies & Concertos
The Symphonies & Concertos
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.200003 (2015)

Maskarade
Maskarade
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220641-42 (2015)

The Unknown Carl Nielsen [Digital Only]
The Unknown Carl Nielsen [Digital Only]

 8.226610 (2015)

Symphonies 5 and 6
Symphonies 5 and 6
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220625 (2015)

Songs for choir
Songs for choir
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220569 (2014)

Symphonies 1 and 4
Symphonies 1 and 4
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220624 (2014)

The New York Philharmonic plays “The Inextinguishable” and Nielsen’s First Symphony with irresistible dynamism and energy

The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs
Various

SACD 6.220568 (2014)

Paul Hillier’s interpretations of choral classics by among others Gade, Carl Nielsen and Weyse sung to perfection by Ars Nova Copenhagen

Symphonies 2 and 3
Symphonies 2 and 3
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220623 (2012)

An explosive beginning to the New York Philharmonic’s sensational new series of all Carl Nielsen’s symphonies and solo concertos!

The Masterworks Vol. 2 - Chamber and Instrumental Works
The Masterworks Vol. 2 - Chamber and Instrumental Works
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.206003 (2012)

All Dacapo’s latest recordings of Carl Nielsen’s chamber and piano works, played by Danish musicians with Nielsen’s absolutely distinctive tone in their blood.

The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.206002 (2011)

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra's hailed recordings of Nielsen's orchestral music, including the six symphonies on both CD and DVD, now beautifully boxed

Cantatas
Cantatas
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.226079 (2009)

First recordings of newly unveiled and festive works by the great Danish composer

String Quartets Vol. 2
String Quartets Vol. 2
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220522 (2008)

The new reference recording of Nielsen’s string quartets is now complete

Chamber Music Vol. 2
Chamber Music Vol. 2
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.226065 (2007)

The collected chamber works for violin – some of Nielsen’s most experimental music

Maskarade (DVD)
Maskarade (DVD)
Carl Nielsen

DVD 2.110407 (2007)

The Danish "national opera" in a rebellious, witty new interpretation

Serenades and Romances
Serenades and Romances
Nielsen, Weyse, Lange-Müller, Kunzen

CD 8.226012 (2007)

Smiles and longings of a summer night embodied by the young tenor Mathias Hedegaard

Chamber Music Vol. 1
Chamber Music Vol. 1
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.226064 (2007)

Reference recording of the famous Wind Quintet and Nielsen’s shorter chamber works

String Quartets Vol. 1
String Quartets Vol. 1
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220521 (2007)

Fantastic, innovative recording by The Danish String Quartet

Orchestral Music
Orchestral Music
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220518 (2007)

Prizewinning collection of Carl Nielsen’s shorter orchestral pieces – a revelation

Billedbogen (The Picture Book)
Billedbogen (The Picture Book)

CD 8.224703 (2005)

Piano music for children and the young at heart by among others Carl Nielsen and Fini Henriques

Passage - Danish Piano Trios
Passage - Danish Piano Trios
Trio Ondine

CD 8.226009 (2005)

Danish piano trios throughout a century, including an unknown work of Carl Nielsen’s youth

Maskarade
Maskarade
Carl Nielsen

CD 6.220507-08 (2004)

Nielsen’s stage masterpiece in a classic recording with the conductor John Frandsen

Songs
Songs
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.224218 (2003)

Songs and lieder by the national composer, sung with perfection and empathy

Complete Symphonies (3CD Box Set)
Complete Symphonies (3CD Box Set)
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.203130 (2001)

Authoritative recording of all six symphonies based on the new edition of the music

Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.224169 (2001)

Nielsen’s vital debut and his enigmatic, surreal last work in the genre

Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.224156 (2000)

Music for Wind Quintet
Music for Wind Quintet
Nielsen, Mortensen, Jersild, Wellejus

CD 8.224151 (2000)

Kammermusikalsk perfektion i værkerne af bl.a. Carl Nielsen og Jørgen Jersild

Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.224126 (1999)

Piano Music
Piano Music
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.224095-96 (1998)

Reference recording by the composer Herman D. Koppel, who as a young man rehearsed the works with Carl Nielsen himself

Oboe and Piano
Oboe and Piano

CD 8.224043 (1996)

Wind Quintets
Wind Quintets

CD 8.224001 (1994)

Carl Nielsen’s masterpiece and more recent quintets by Abrahamsen, Holmboe and Nørgård


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