Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
09 March 2015
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic have championed music of Carl Nielsen, and this is the latest issue in their series, a coupling of he last two symphonies. Astounding orchestral virtuosity is heard throughout, and the recordings, made during live performances in Avery Fischer Hall October 1-3, 2014. Considering the rather poor acoustics of the venue, the engineers have done a remarkable job in achieving a big, bright and solid orchestral sound. There are many outstanding recordings of the Danish maser's symphonies; these are among the best—and one should not overlook the superb set available on DVD with Michael Schonwandt and the Danish National Symphony. If you don't need the visual element, check out the outstanding Gilbert/NYP series.