Dacapo Records has signed a contract with one of the world's most famous symphony orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, and the orchestra's Music Director Alan Gilbert. The period of October 10th-13th will see the New York launch events of the first CD in a new series totalling four CDs, which will gather the symphonies and solo concertos of the Danish national composer Carl Nielsen, recorded live at a number of concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, New York. The CD series will be concluded in 2015, which is also the year when Carl Nielsen's 150th anniversary will be celebrated.
First CD in 10 years
It has been over ten years since the New York Philharmonic last released a CD, and the new recording project has attracted great media attention in New York, where it has long since been dubbed "The Nielsen Project". The series of concerts of Carl Nielsen's music which forms the background for the new CD series was launched last summer, and has already aroused the enthusiasm of tens of thousands of concert-goers and many American music critics. This summer The New York Times called "The Nielsen Project" "a major statement" for the orchestra and its newly appointed music director Alan Gilbert.
Nielsen's time has come
The New York Philharmonic's music director Alan Gilbert, who has launched "The Nielsen Project" in collaboration with Dacapo Records, says: "I totally believe in Carl Nielsen as a composer and think he deserves an international breakthrough on the level of composers like Jean Sibelius. Carl Nielsen's music has a special cragged beauty and a strong vitality that seems typical Nordic. I am sure that Nielsen's time has come, and I look forward to sharing this wonderful music with our American concert audiences as well as CD listeners all over the world."
A dream contract
One of Alan Gilbert's predecessors as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, the legendary Leonard Bernstein, also a had a weak spot for Carl Nielsen's music, and in the 1960s he recorded several of his symphonies and concerts on LP. Precisely this backstory inspired Dacapo Records' CEO Henrik Rørdam to contact the famous orchestra: "It's a dream come true that we can now release Carl Nielsen's music with an artistic team like Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. We contacted the orchestra because we knew that Gilbert is fervent about Carl Nielsen's music, and that the music is part of the orchestra's history. And it is profoundly satisfactory that we can now help to perpetuate the legacy from Bernstein in a first-class modern version - in terms of both music and sound technology."
Exclusive sound format
Dacapo Records have ensured that the New York Philharmonic's Nielsen recordings will be produced to the highest possible technical standards. The Danish production company Timbre Music has recorded the legendary orchestral sound in the new, exclusive format DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) for the first time in the history of the New York Philharmonic. This means that Nielsen's music will be experienced in first-class sound, in both stereo and Surround Sound, when it appears next autumn in the format Super Audio CD (SACD).
Happening in New York and Copenhagen
4th September - Exclusive digital release at Amazon.com (MP3) and iTunes.com ("Mastered for iTunes")
19th September-27th October, Lincoln Center, New York: "Inextinguishable" Nielsen: The Music, Life and Legacy of the Danish Composer - a celebration of Carl Nielsen presented jointly by the Odense City Museums and the New York Philharmonic.
9th October - Institute of Technology, New York: Lectures in the New York Philharmonic's "Insights" series. Speakers: Alan Gilbert (conductor), Henrik Rørdam (CEO, Dacapo Records), Mats Engström (co-producer).
10th October - Copenhagen: Danish release date. Dacapo Records offers apple juice and smoked cheese from Nielsen's native island Funen at the Danacord Shop, Vognmagergade 9, Copenhagen K
10th-13th October - Lincoln Center, New York: The New York Philharmonic records the next release in the CD series at four concerts in the Avery Fisher Hall. At the same time the release of the first CD will be officially marked by among other events a reception in the concert hall foyer after the first concert, and there will be a CD signing by conductor Alan Gilbert after all four concerts.
10th-13th October - Lincoln Center: Travelling multi-media exhibition: "Carl Nielsen - Music Is Life" in the Lincoln Center's Grand Promenade. The exhibition will run for the whole concert week.