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Carl Nielsen

Complete Symphonies (3CD Box Set)


Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Michael Schønwandt, conductor

Carl Nielsen, composer

About:

Carl August Nielsen (1865-1931), Danish composer. Prolific in almost all genres: two operas, six symphonies, three solo concertos, chamber music, piano and organ music, a large number of songs as well as occasional music. In his very personal musical idiom he dissociated himself strongly from Late Romanticm, and his early works were inspired by Brahms' classicism, while later adopted features from European modernism. As the most important Danish composer of the first third of the twentieth century, Nielsen exerted a crucial influence on the Danish composers of the next generation.  

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Symphony no. 3 FS 60 op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva" (1910-11)
1

I Allegro espansivo

11:46 Play $2.80
2

II Andante pastorale *

9:36 Play $2.10
3

III Allegretto un poco

6:20 Play $2.10
4

IV Finale: Allegro

9:38 Play $2.10
* Inger Dam Jensen (soprano), Poul Elming (tenor)
Symphony no. 2, FS 29 op. 16 "The Four Temperaments" (1901-02)
5

I Allegro collerico

10:11 Play $2.80
6

II Allegro comodo e flemmatico

4:43 Play $1.40
7

III Andante malincolico

11:20 Play $2.80
8

IV Allegro sanguineo

7:27 Play $2.10
Symphony no. 4 FS 76 op. 29 "The Inextinguishable" (1914-16)
1

I Allegro

12:30 Play $2.80
2

II Poco allegretto (8 bars after tempo marking)

4:53 Play $1.40
3

III Poco adagio quasi andante

9:32 Play $2.10
4

IV Con anima - Allegro

9:39 Play $2.10
Symphony no. 5 FS 97 op. 50 (1920-22)
5

I Tempo giusto -

10:37 Play $2.80
6

[I] Adagio

10:03 Play $2.80
7

II Allegro -

6:28 Play $2.10
8

[II] Presto

3:12 Play $1.40
9

[II] Andante poco tranquillo -

4:55 Play $1.40
10

[II] Allegro (Tempo I)

3:04 Play $1.40
Symphony No. 1 FS 16 Op. 7 (1889-94)
1

I Allegro orgoglioso

9:21 Play $2.10
2

II Andante

6:56 Play $2.10
3

III Allegro comodo - Andante sostenuto - Tempo I

8:01 Play $2.10
4

IV Finale: Allegro con fuoco

8:49 Play $2.10
Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia semplice" FS 116 (1924-25)
5

I Tempo giusto

14:17 Play $2.80
6

II Humoresque - Allegretto

4:20 Play $1.40
7

III Proposta seria - Adagio

5:07 Play $2.10
8

IV Theme and Variations

10:50 Play $2.80
Total playing time  214 minutes

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Label: Dacapo

Format: CD

Catalogue Number: 8.203130

Barcode: 730099131308

Release Date: January 2001

Period: Early 20th Century

Reviews

DANISH GRAMMY AWARD 2000

GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE

FONO FORUM STERN DES MONATS

FANFARE CRITICS' CHOICE

"Nielsen’s splendid symphonies were for a long time thinly represented in the catalogs, but even in the changed situation of today, with complete cycles springing up on all sides, Michael Schønwandt’s brilliant Danish Symphony recordings on dacapo deserve an unqualified top recommendation" (Fanfare)

"Geist, Herz und Sinne werden hier gleichermassen angesprochen. Eine grandiose Einspielung" (Fono Forum)

"It’s finely paced account with plenty of breath and nobility, and no lack of fire, which can hold its own with the best … His Espansiva is magnificent" ***** (BBC Music Magazine)

"The most impressive thing about this extraordinary first entry in dacapo's new Nielsen symphony cycle is the combination of clarity and total naturalness that Michael Schønwandt and his players demonstrate in bringing out the brilliant details of the composer's orchestration. Nielsen's symphonies remain on the edge of the international repertoire - unjustly, because he's as great a symphonic composer as ever put pen to paper." 10/10 (Classics Today) [Read full review]

"Michael Schønwandt draws a weight of attack and a passionate elouquence from his strings such as I simply never heard from a Danish orchestra before now, while the dacapo recording has greatly superior depth and impact. This opens up possibilities for the dramatic profile of the work ... in the slow movement of the Espansiva even the rival San Francisco version, until now a clear top recommendation for this coupling, sounds bland in comparison"(Gramophone)

"Hos Schønwandt är den danska lyskraften direkt bländande och inte sedan femtiotalet har jag hört en så självklart genial tolkning." (Svenska Dagbladet)

"Das Ergebnis ist mal zwingend und knallig zupackend, mal ganz unsentimental sanglich - insgesamt eine herausragende völlig frisch wirkende Produktion ... Klangbild und Beiheft sind nicht minder gelungen - Fortsetzung dringend erwünscht." (Bergsträsser Anzeiger)

"The result can only be called a triumph. The booklet, too, with extensive and informative notes by Niels Bo Foltmann, is handsome and well produced as the disc itself." (Fanfare)

"Michael Schønwandt legt jetzt mit dem Danish National Symphony Orchestra seine Deutung der "Complete Symphonies" Nielsens vor und avanciert damit zum ganz heißen Anwärter auf den Zyklus des Jahres" (Das Leipziger Stadtmagasin)


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