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Nielsen - The Symphonies

Composer Carl Nielsen
Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1839 CD
EAN 7318591839408
Format CD  –  3 discs
Release date Oct 2010
Total time 241'23

3 CDs for the price of 2

Carl Nielsen has sometimes been described as the most underrated composer of the 20th century, but most critics would certainly agree that his Six Symphonies, composed between 1891 and 1925, belong to the great classics of their period. Osmo Vänskä's cycle of the works with the BBC Scottish SO was recorded after his landmark series of the symphonies of Sibelius and before his highly acclaimed cycle of those by Beethoven. Originally released on three separate discs, these accounts of the Danish master's works were received with great interest by the reviewers, with the performance of the Fourth being described as 'of great character and fire' in International Record Review, the recording of Symphony No.5 called 'a first choice, full of intensity' in BBC Music Magazine, and the Sixth accorded reference status in Répertoire. For this boxed set edition, three shorter orchestral works have been included, namely the concert overtures Helios and Saga-Dream, and the 'pastoral scene' Pan and Syrinx. In these previously unreleased recordings, Vänskä conducts the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, which he led for twenty years and with which he has enjoyed such notable successes in music by Sibelius, Kalevi Aho and Rautavaara.
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Disc 1
  Carl Nielsen
  Symphony No.1 in G minor 35'22
01 I. Allegro orgoglioso 9'37
02 II. Andante 8'11
03 III. Allegro comodo 8'16
04 IV. Finale 9'18
  Carl Nielsen
  Symphony No.2 ”De fire Temperamenter” 33'17
05 I. Allegro collerico 8'42
06 II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico 4'08
07 III. Andante malincolico 13'01
08 IV. Allegro sanguineo 7'26
09 Helios Overture, Op.17 10'58
Disc 2
  Carl Nielsen
  Symphony No.3 ‘Sinfonia espansiva’ 35'55
01 I. Allegro espansivo 10'37
02 II. Andante pastorale 9'11
03 III. Allegretto un poco 6'27
04 IV. Finale 9'40
  Carl Nielsen
  Symphony No.4 ”Det uudslukkelige” 35'31
05 I. Allegro – 11'16
06 II. Poco Allegretto – 5'05
07 III. Poco adagio quasi andante – 10'57
08 IV. Allegro 8'13
09 Saga-Drøm (Saga-Dream), Op.39 7'43
Disc 3
  Carl Nielsen
  Symphony No.5 36'30
01 I. Tempo giusto – Adagio 21'14
02 II. Allegro – Presto – Andante un poco tranquillo – Allegro 15'16
  Carl Nielsen
  Symphony No.6 33'22
03 I. Tempo giusto 12'24
04 II. Humoreske 3'37
05 III. Proposta seria 7'00
06 IV. Tema con variazioni 10'21
07 Pan og Syrinx (Pan and Syrinx) 7'49
  Album total 241'23
ComposerNielsen, Carl
ConductorVanska (Vänskä), Osmo
OrchestraBBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Lahti Symphony Orchestra

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