Nielsen - The Symphonies & Concertos
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Cat No: 6200003
Number of Discs: 4
Release Date: 1st June 2015
WorksClarinet Concerto, op.57 FS129
Flute Concerto, FS119
Symphonies 1-6 (complete)
Violin Concerto, op.33
ArtistsNikolaj Znaider (violin)
Robert Langevin (flute)
Anthony McGill (clarinet)
New York Philhamonic Orchestra
Raised in the Danish countryside as the son of a poor folk musician, Carl Nielsen's indomitable courage and infinite curiosity helped him develop into one of the greatest symphonists of the 20th century and eventually Denmarkís national composer.
This 4 SACD box set collects the acclaimed live recording series of Nielsenís complete symphonies and concertos by the New York Philhamonic, Music Director Alan Gilbert and soloists Nikolaj Znaider (violin), Robert Langevin (flute) and Anthony McGill (clarinet).
Carl Nielsenís six symphonies and three solo concertos form the core of his orchestral music. Each relates to the classical tradition in its own very personal way, and at the same time the nine works show how Nielsen developed and increasingly moved away from the conventions.
It is an incredibly long way from the robust upstart you encounter in the First Symphony to the atonal experiments in the Sixth Symphony and the Clarinet Concerto. Carl Nielsen constantly challenged himself and his audience. The late works complete the picture of an artistic development that was always ahead of his surroundings. To this we must add Nielsenís profoundly original tonal idiom, at once quirky, straightforward and visionary, which makes it hard to place his music in the usual stylistic and historical categories.
ďI think itís really full-blooded, passionate, dramatic and ultimately human music. Thatís what Iím going for, and thatís what the Philharmonic is good atĒ, says conductor Alan Gilbert. After living in Scandinavia for a number of years Gilbert knows the roots of the music. ďCarl Nielsenís music is based on classic traditions, but itís just so Danish! Strong, beautiful and independentĒ, he says.
ďThe players clearly share Mr Gilbertís enthusiasm for the composer, conveying the music with a commitment and attention to detail that rendered the Fifth an exciting traversal of contrasting moods.Ē - New York Times
ďIf there is any composer that Alan Gilbert conducts to perfection, it is Carl Nielsen.Ē - The New Yorker
ďThe Nielsen sound brings out the best in the Philharmonic: muscular, warm, open-throated, even slightly rough playing that seems ideal.Ē - New York Classical Review
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