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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 1-6

Release date: 03 Mar 2015, LSO0789


Lucy Hall , Marcus Farnsworth , London Symphony Orchestra , Sir Colin Davis , Eiviind Aadland , Sir Colin Davis , Colin Davis


Carl Nielsen





Early 20th

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Energetic and dramatic, the British conductor displays his ease in the (relative) tradition of the first three symphonies, in which he repeatedly emphasises an almost Elgarian dimension.

CD of the Week - NDR Kultur

Force and rhythmic energy are among the trademarks of Nielsen's symphonies. This is clearly evident in the concert recordings under the direction of Colin Davis… A great discovery, thanks to Colin Davis and the excellent London Symphony Orchestra.

Audiophile Audition

Wow! What a treasure trove this one is… The original SACDs were exemplary in their stunning audio presentations, as good as I have ever heard on LSO Live and the best-sounding Nielsen symphonies ever… these certainly surpass all the others in my collection… Outstanding!

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Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 7, FS 16 33:18  
I. Allegro orgoglioso 09:09  
II. Andante 07:24  
III. Allegro comodo 07:59  
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco 08:46  
Symphony No. 2, Op. 16, FS 29, "The 4 Temperaments" 31:52  
I. Allegro collerico (Live): I. Allegro collerico 09:55  
I. Allegro collerico (Live): II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico 04:16  
I. Allegro collerico (Live): III. Andante malincolico 09:54  
I. Allegro collerico (Live): IV. Allegro sanguineo 07:47  

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These recordings, made during Sir Colin Davis’ ‘Indian summer’ with the orchestra, are acknowledged to be amongst the finest recordings ever made of this repertoire, receiving numerous awards. The symphonies were originally released between 2011 and 2013.

Despite giving titles to the majority of his symphonies, Danish composer Carl Nielsen was often vague about what influenced each work. Nevertheless he was a master symphonist and his music is mesmerising, combining propulsive energy with lyrical invention.

Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 1-6

Category Orchestral

Period Early 20th

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