Carl Nielsen: Symfonier 5 og 6
12 March 2015
Something that is rarely grasped by idealists is the fact that the moral universe doesn’t just come into being; it must be created. Possibly artists understand this best, since implicitly, their conceits are expressed in stories, pictures and songs. In his last two symphonies, composer Carl Nielsen shared his own vision of a battle between good and evil – so says conductor Alan Gilbert, whose compelling versions of Nielsen’s fifth and sixth symphonies are the subject of this recent release from Dacapo Records. As discreet compositions, Symphony No. 5 is the popular piece, written by the composer to express a confl ict between the forces of order and chaos. Symphony No. 6, however, is more difficult, seeming to wrestle with nihilism, entropy and the gradual disintegration of musical identity, concluding with an underwhelming and ironic ‘raspberry’ played on two bassoons. Recorded to mark Neilson’s 150th anniversary year.