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Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable"; Symphony No. 1 / New York PO, Gilbert

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Music is life, and like life itself, music is inextinguishable," said the Danish national composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931). Raised in the Danish countryside as the son of a poor folk musician, Nielsen's indomitable courage and infinite curiosity helped him develop into one of the greatest symphonists of the 20th century. This acclaimed series of Nielsen recordings, featuring the New York Philharmonic and their music director Alan Gilbert, has now reached the 1st and 4th symphonies, the former of which has never previously been performed - not to say recorded - by the New York Philharmonic. "An occasion to celebrate for Nielsen lovers everywhere." - The New York Times (after the performance in Avery Fisher Hall) "If there is any composer that Alan Gilbert conducts to perfection, it is Carl Nielsen." The New Yorker "The New York Philharmonic is a powerhouse orchestra, Nielsen is a powerhouse symphonist, and Alan Gilbert revels in the music's energy and dynamism." 10/10 ClassicsToday

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (03/12/2014-03/15/2014).



Reviews

Nielsen For Our Time
The Gilbert/NYP Nielsen cycle is one disc shy of completion. The latest release features a coupling of early and mature works. The Symphony 1 is well constructed and harmonically novel for its day, an auspicious first effort by anyone’s standards. Symphony 4 expands upon this trajectory of originality which initially crystallized with the lovely Symphony 3. In terms of thematic organization, harmonic arc and color, the final four symphonies solidify this composer’s stature as a major symphonist of the early part of the 20th century. Maestro Gilbert maintains a firm hand on the proceedings, artfully steering his orchestra through the alternate stretches of tension and repose. The NYP members provide nuanced, alert playing, unleashing ample horsepower when required. In a fiercely competitive field, this issue more than holds its own. The sound pickup, especially in Super Audio, has plenty of gusto and presence.
Submitted on 11/05/14 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
  • Conductor: Alan Gilbert
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Notes: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (03/12/2014-03/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 36 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914-1916
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7
  • Conductor: Alan Gilbert
  • Notes: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (03/12/2014-03/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1891-1892
  • Studio/Live: Live