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.
The unique collaboration
between Denmark's national recording label Dacapo Records and one of the
world's most prominent symphony orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, has come
about thanks to a close dialogue with the orchestra's recently appointed music
director, Alan Gilbert.
the course of the next four years - up to 2015, the 150th anniversary of the
birth of Carl Nielsen - the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert will be
giving concert performances of and recording Carl Nielsen's six symphonies and
three solo concertos. The result will be a total of four CDs, the first of
which will appear in the autumn of 2012, and the last of which is expected in
2015. The first CD will feature Nielsen's second and third symphonies, while
the next in the series features three solo concertos performed with an
international team of soloists consisting of the Canadian flautist Robert Langevin,
the Puerto Rican clarinettist Ricardo Morales and the Danish violinist Nikolaj
recordings are a unique opportunity to market Carl Nielsen and Danish music in
general abroad. The project is one of the most prominent export initiatives for
Danish culture launched in recent years, and for the New York Philharmonic it
is the biggest recording project in recent times.
Nielsen's time has come
eight years as chief conductor of the Royal Swedish Philharmonic in Stockholm,
Alan Gilbert, now music director of the New York Philharmonic, has developed a
special interest in Scandinavian music. He says of Nielsen's music:
"Carl Nielsen's music comes out of a
classic Germanic symphonic tradition, but it's so distinctly Danish! It's very
gripping and has a craggy edge to it that is characteristic of life in the high
North. I'm sure that Nielsen's time has now come, and I am looking forward to
sharing this wonderful music with audiences and CD listeners."
A royal baton
The New York Philharmonic and Dacapo's so-called Nielsen Project was presented to the international press and HM the Queen at a press conference on 10 June at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The project is a continuation of a historic collaboration that has roots back in both the last generation's New York Philharmonic and earlier generations of the Danish
Records' managing director Henrik Rørdam explains: "The New York Philharmonic has an old connection with Carl Nielsen's music. It was with this orchestra that Leonard
Bernstein recorded Nielsen's symphonies and solo concertos back in the 1960s.
At that time his work was followed with great interest by HM Queen Margrethe
II's father, King Frederik IX, himself a keen amateur conductor. It would
undoubtedly have pleased King Frederik to see that the baton is now being
passed on to the next generation."
productionand world-wide distribution
Records has 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 travelled across the Atlantic to capture the legendary
orchestral sound in the new, exclusive format DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition)
for the first gang 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 on both Super Audio CD and the new
audio medium Pure Audio Blu-ray.
The new American Nielsen recording will be available to classical music lovers all over the world through Dacapo Records' international distribution agreement with Naxos, the world's largest independent distributor of classical music on CD and via download.
Photos from the press conference in New York on June 10
Music Director Alan Gilbert, his wife Kajsa William-Olsson and their
daughter Noemi greeting Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark in front of
Avery Fisher Hall for the event marking the launch of The Nielsen
Credit: Chris Lee
Henrik Rørdam, CEO Dacapo Records, Music Director Alan Gilbert, Her
Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Zarin Mehta, President & Executive
Director of the New York Philharmonic and Ambassador Jarl Frijs-Madsen, Consul
General of Denmark.
Credit: Chris Lee
Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert.
Credit: Chris Lee