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Nielsen - Complete Piano Music / Martin Roscoe

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Symfonisk Suite (Symphonic Suite), for piano, FS 19 (Op. 8)
>Nielsen, Carl : Drommen om "Glade Jul" (Dream of a "Merry Christmas"), for piano, FS 34
>Nielsen, Carl : Fest-praeludium 'Ved Aarhundredskiftet' (Festive Prelude "At the Turn of the Century"), for piano, F
>Nielsen, Carl : Klavermusik for sma og store (Piano Music for Young and Old), 24 pieces for piano (2 vols.), FS 148
>Nielsen, Carl : Humoresque-Bagatelles (6), FS 22/Op. 11
>Nielsen, Carl : Klaverstykke (Piece for piano), in C major, FS 159
>Nielsen, Carl : Chaconne for Piano, FS 79/Op. 32
>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (5) for Piano, FS 10/Op. 3
>Nielsen, Carl : Suite for Piano, FS 91/Op. 45 "Luciferian"
>Nielsen, Carl : Tema med variationer (Theme with Variations), for piano, FS 81 (Op. 40)
>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (3) for Piano, FS 131/Op. 59
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Notes & Reviews:

Carl Nielsen's piano works are among the most original and characteristic in the repertoire. There is no mistaking his idiosyncratic musical voice, his sense of joy of discovery and invention, and spirit of imagination and adventure. Nielsen's complete piano music encompasses the full diversity and range of his creative output. Though he never aspired to brilliance as a performer, Nielsen (1865-1931) nevertheless displays an intimate knowledge of the instrument and an awareness of its creative and expressive capabilities. From the symbolist inspired music of the 1890s to the highly modernist 'Three Pieces, Op. 59', these distinctive works, sensitively performed by Martin Roscoe, constantly attest to the richness of Nielsen's imaginative vision.

'The Symphonic Suite, the Chaconne, the magnificent Theme and Variations ... are powerful, poetic, original in both idea and structure, widely varied in mood, impressively organic and as important in their way as any of Nielsens' remarkable symphonies. Martin Roscoe's technique withstands everything that the composer throws at it. He obviously belives in every note, as well he might' (Sunday Times)

'Apart from Grieg, no Scandinavian composer has written for the piano with more individuality and insight than Nielsen ... Martin Roscoe is right inside this music and guides us through its marvels with great subtlety and authority. His is the most eloquent account since the pioneering set by Arne Skjøld Rasmussen. Hyperion gives him vivid and natural recorded sound and there are outstanding notes by Daniel Grimley' (BBC Music Magazine)

'These new recordings are sonically the best yet. Roscoe is famed for his touch and his playing's delicacy and finesse is evident throughout' (Gramophone)

'The piano music of Carl Nielsen is notable not only for its striking emotional power and radicalism but also for its transparency - for the writing is always unmistakably Nielsen ... The album as a whole is a treasure-chest; it presents an entirely new slant for those not acquainted with Nielsen's music and broadens the field of vision significantly for those who are ... This deserves to become a most conspicuous recording, and Hyperion's usual excellence in achieving a full-bodied, crystal-clear sound continues boldly forward' (International Record Review)

'Martin Roscoe demonstrates throughout this revealing double CD set [that Nielsen's piano music] is a canon of work that desperately needs attention ... Fantastic playing of compelling authority by one of Britain's finest pianists. A wonderful discovery' (Glasgow Herald)



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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Symfonisk Suite (Symphonic Suite), for piano, FS 19 (Op. 8)
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (02/26/2007-02/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Nielsen, Carl : Drommen om "Glade Jul" (Dream of a "Merry Christmas"), for piano, FS 34
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (02/26/2007-02/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1905

>Nielsen, Carl : Fest-praeludium 'Ved Aarhundredskiftet' (Festive Prelude "At the Turn of the Century"), for piano, F
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (02/26/2007-02/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Nielsen, Carl : Klavermusik for små og store (Piano Music for Young and Old), 24 pieces for piano (2 vols.), FS 148
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (02/26/2007-02/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Nielsen, Carl : Humoresque-Bagatelles (6), FS 22/Op. 11
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (02/26/2007-02/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1897

>Nielsen, Carl : Klaverstykke (Piece for piano), in C major, FS 159
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (02/26/2007-02/28/2007)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Nielsen, Carl : Chaconne for Piano, FS 79/Op. 32
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (02/26/2007-02/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Nielsen, Carl : Klavermusik for små og store (Piano Music for Young and Old), 24 pieces for piano (2 vols.), FS 148
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (02/26/2007-02/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (5) for Piano, FS 10/Op. 3
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (02/26/2007-02/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Nielsen, Carl : Suite for Piano, FS 91/Op. 45 "Luciferian"
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (06/17/2007-06/18/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Nielsen, Carl : Tema med variationer (Theme with Variations), for piano, FS 81 (Op. 40)
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (06/17/2007-06/18/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (3) for Piano, FS 131/Op. 59
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (06/17/2007-06/18/2007)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927-1928