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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 "Inextinguishable" & 5 / Ole Schmidt, London SO

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>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ole Schmidt and the London Symphony Orchestra deliver stunning performances of Carl Nielsen's Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5, considered twin masterpieces of Nielsen's oevure. These recordings have been lauded as among the best ever of these works, receiving outstanding critical praise from Gramophone and the Penguin Guide, the latter awarding it a coveted 3-Star rating.

Symphony No. 4 was composed against the backdrop of World War I; it is subtitled by the composer `The Inextinguishable` (more closely `life-force` in Danish) referring to what Nielsen describes as `the elemental will to live.` It is a thrilling and challenging work, as is the post-war Symphony No. 5, which has an unorthodox structure of only two movements (here presented as three tracks).

Penguide Guide
These are performances ablaze with life, warmth and a sense of discovery. Ole Schmidt is a sure and penetrating guide... his readings have an authentic ring to them.

Gramophone
Nos. 4 & 5 amongst the best-paced on record... No.4 is preferable to Karajan.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Giles Cripplegate Church, London, England (1973-1974).



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>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
  • Conductor: Ole Schmidt
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 34 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
  • Conductor: Ole Schmidt
  • Running Time: 19 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1921-1922