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Carl Nielsen

The Symphonies & Concertos


Alan Gilbert, conductor
Robert Langevin, flute
Anthony McGill, clarinet
New York Philharmonic
Nikolaj Znaider, violin

Carl Nielsen, composer

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Raised in the Danish countryside as the son of a poor folk musician, Carl Nielsen possessed indomitable courage and infinite curiosity: qualities that helped him develop into one of the greatest symphonists of the 20th century and eventually Denmark’s national composer. This box set collects the acclaimed live recording series of Nielsen’s complete symphonies and concertos by the New York Philhamonic, Music Director Alan Gilbert, and soloists Nikolaj Znaider, Robert Langevin, and Anthony McGill.

 

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CD 1
Symphony No. 3, CNW 27, Sinfonia Espansiva" (1910-11)
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I Allegro espansivo

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II Andante pastorale *

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III Allegretto un poco

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IV Finale: Allegro

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* Erin Morley, soprano; Joshua Hopkins, baritone
Symphony No. 2, CNW 26, "The Four Temperaments" (1901-02)
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I Allegro collerico

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II Allegro comodo e flemmatico

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III Andante malincolico

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IV Allegro sanguineo

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Symphony No. 4, CNW 28, “The Inextinguishable” (1914-16)
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I. Allegro

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II. Poco allegretto

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III. Poco adagio quasi andante

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IV. Allegro

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Markus Rhoten, timpani I; Kyle Zerna, timpani II
Symphony No. 1, CNW 25, (1889-94)
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I. Allegro orgoglioso

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II. Andante

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III. Allegro comodo

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IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

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Symphony No. 5, CNW 29 (1920-22)
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Adagio

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Presto

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Andante poco tranquillo –

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Allegro (Tempo I)

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Mark Nuccio, clarinet; Christopher S. Lamb, snare drum
Symphony No. 6, CNW 30, “Sinfonia semplice” (1924-25)
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II. Humoresque. Allegretto

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III. Proposta seria. Adagio

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IV. Theme and Variations. Allegro

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Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, CNW 41 (1911–12)
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Rondo: Allegretto scherzando

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Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, CNW 42 (1926)
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II. Allegretto, un poco

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George Curran, bass trombone
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, CNW 43 (1928)
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Allegretto un poco -

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Poco adagio -

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Allegro non troppo - Adagio - Allegro vivace

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Christopher S. Lamb, snare drum
Total playing time  34 minutes
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Recorded at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
Symphony No. 2 on 27–29 January and 1 February 2011
Symphony No. 3 on 14–16 June 2012
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 on 12–15 March 2014
Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 on 1–3 October 2014
Violin & Flute Concertos on 10–13 October 2012
Clarinet Concerto 7–10 & 13 January 2015
Recording producers: Preben Iwan and Mats Engström
Sound engineers: Preben Iwan (Symphonies Nos. 1, 4, 5 & 6; Concertos),
Mikkel Nymand (Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3)
www.timbremusic.dk

Recorded in the DXD audio format (Digital eXtreme Definition) 352.8kHz / 32bit
(except Symphony No. 2 recorded in 96 kHz / 24bit)
Microphones main array: Decca Tree with outriggers: 5x DPA 4006TL
– surround microphones: 2x DPA 4015TL
Converters & Preamps: DAD AX24 & AX32 – DAW system: Pyramix with Smart AV Tango controller
Monitored on B&W 802Diamond speakers

Previously released on 6.220623, 6.220624, 6.220625 and 6.220556

Graphic design: Denise Burt, www.elevator-design.dk

Publisher: The Carl Nielsen Edition – Edition Wilhelm Hansen AS, www.ewh.dk

The new Catalogue of Carl Nielsen’s Works (CNW) is used in the titles on this release, replacing previous opus numbers. CNW was published in 2014 by the Danish Centre for Music Publication at The Royal Library and represents a complete registration of Nielsen’s works, building upon the Carl Nielsen Edition (published 1998–2009). For more information go to www.kb.dk/dcm/cnw/preface.xq

Dacapo acknowledges, with gratitude, the financial support of Carl Nielsen og Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens Legat, Augustinus Fonden and Beckett-Fonden.

With thanks to New York Philharmonic former Chairman Gary W. Parr and former President & Executive Director Zarin Mehta.

Instruments made possible, in part, by The Richard S. and Karen LeFrak Endowment Fund.

Steinway is the Official Piano of the New York Philharmonic and Avery Fisher Hall.

Label: Dacapo

Format: SACD

Catalogue Number: 6.200003

Barcode: 747313300365

Release Date: June 2015

Digital booklet (pdf) available for download customers

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Reviews

Luister
"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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Audio
"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."
Fanfare
"(...) 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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Fanfare
"(...) performances are exceptionally well played and balanced, the composer’s scoring clarified to an unprecedented extent, especially in tutti (...)"
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Fanfare
"…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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Audiophile Audition
"Gilbert finally comes alive in this impressive set."
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Klassieke Zaken
"‘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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Infodad.com
"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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Basler Zeitung
"Spielt doch mehr Nielsen, bitte!"
Ein dringlicher Hinweis auf den dänischen Komponisten Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
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Allmusic.com
"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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Classical CD Review
"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."
Kristeligt Dagblad
"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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Politiken
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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Magasinet Klassisk
"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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