Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music

Audio Samples

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice"
>Nielsen, Carl : Maskarade
>     Overture
>     Cockerel's Dance
>Nielsen, Carl : Herr Oluf han rider (Master Oluf Rides), incidental music, FS 37
>Nielsen, Carl : Snefrid, melodrama, FS 17
>Nielsen, Carl : Saul and David
>     Prelude to Act 2
>Nielsen, Carl : An imaginary trip to the Faeroe Islands, FS 123
>Nielsen, Carl : Willemoes
>     Prelude to Act 3
>Nielsen, Carl : Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49
>Nielsen, Carl : Cupid and the Poet, Op. 54
>     Ouverture
>Nielsen, Carl : Helios Overture, FS 32/Op. 17

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice"
>Nielsen, Carl : Maskarade
>Nielsen, Carl : Herr Oluf han rider (Master Oluf Rides), incidental music, FS 37
>Nielsen, Carl : Snefrid, melodrama, FS 17
>Nielsen, Carl : Saul and David
>Nielsen, Carl : An imaginary trip to the Faeroe Islands, FS 123
>Nielsen, Carl : Willemoes
>Nielsen, Carl : Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49
>Nielsen, Carl : Cupid and the Poet, Op. 54
>Nielsen, Carl : Helios Overture, FS 32/Op. 17
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Notes & Reviews:

Carl Nielsen is recognized as one of the 20th century's utmost symphonists. His works are known to be Scandinavia's most powerful music. "Music is life, and like it inextinguishable," said Nielsen. This unique collection consists of prizewinning recordings by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

These performances stand as the best modern recordings of these symphonies available. (10/10 Classics Today on 8.203130)

It comes about as close to the ideal as I ever hope to hear, and it eclipses almost all others in its field. Dacapo's recording quality is top-drawer. (Gramophone on 6.220518)

ClassicsToday.com
It is stunning in every respect. If you haven't yet heard these performances, then this set will be a mandatory acquisition, particularly if you want to get a big chunk of Nielsen in a single shot.

ClassicalCDReview.com
These are budget priced! Remarkable value in every way.

Superconductor
Those of us who stayed in New York this summer can tell you that Mr. Schønwandt's performance of Nielsen was a concert highlight of those hot months. The Danish conductor brings his razor-sharp ensemble to a complete cycle of the six symphonies. Recommended here: the bold Inextinguishable Symphony (No. 4) and the brisk Four Temperaments (No. 2). The set also includes overtures and rarely heard excerpts from Nielsen's stage works, not often played outside of Denmark.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Danish Radio Concert Hall (05/1999-09/2006); Danish Radio Concert Hall (11/02/2000/11/04/2000).



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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Running Time: 36 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Running Time: 33 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
  • Performers: Christian Schioler (Timpani); Rene Mathiasen (Timpani)
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Running Time: 35 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
  • Performers: Niels Thomsen (Clarinet); Tom Nybye (Snare Drum)
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Running Time: 37 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1921-1922

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Running Time: 32 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1891-1892

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice"
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Running Time: 34 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Nielsen, Carl : Maskarade :: Overture
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Nielsen, Carl : Maskarade :: Cockerel's Dance
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Nielsen, Carl : Herr Oluf han rider (Master Oluf Rides), incidental music, FS 37
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Nielsen, Carl : Snefrid, melodrama, FS 17
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 12 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893-1894

>Nielsen, Carl : Saul and David :: Prelude to Act 2
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898-1901

>Nielsen, Carl : An imaginary trip to the Faeroe Islands, FS 123
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1927.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1927

>Nielsen, Carl : Willemoes :: Prelude to Act 3
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1908

>Nielsen, Carl : Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917-1918

>Nielsen, Carl : Cupid and the Poet, Op. 54 :: Ouverture
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1930

>Nielsen, Carl : Helios Overture, FS 32/Op. 17
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (11/02/2000/11/04/2000)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1891-1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (11/02/2000/11/04/2000)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (11/02/2000/11/04/2000)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (11/02/2000/11/04/2000)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914-1916
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (11/02/2000/11/04/2000)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1921-1922
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice"
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (11/02/2000/11/04/2000)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924-1925
  • Studio/Live: Live