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Carl Nielsen: Piano Music / John McCabe, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Nielsen — Festive Prelude, FS 24 "At the Turn of the Century" $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Nielsen — Piano Music for Young & Old, Vol. 1, Op. 53, FS 148: Nos. 1-6 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Nielsen — Piano Music for Young & Old, Vol. 1, Op. 53, FS 148: Nos. 7-12 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Nielsen — Symphonic Suite, Op. 8, FS 19: I. Intonation. Maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Nielsen — Symphonic Suite, Op. 8, FS 19: II. Quasi allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Nielsen — Symphonic Suite, Op. 8, FS 19: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Nielsen — Symphonic Suite, Op. 8, FS 19: IV. Finale. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Nielsen — 5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3, FS 10: No. 1, Folk Tune $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Nielsen — 5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3, FS 10: No. 2, Humoresque $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Nielsen — 5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3, FS 10: No. 3, Arabesque $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Nielsen — 5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3, FS 10: No. 4, Mignon $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Nielsen — 5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3, FS 10: No. 5, Elf Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Nielsen — 3 Piano Pieces, Op. 59, FS 131: No. 1, Impromptu. Allegro fluente $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Nielsen — 3 Piano Pieces, Op. 59, FS 131: No. 2, Molto adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Nielsen — 3 Piano Pieces, Op. 59, FS 131: No. 3, Allegro non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Nielsen — Piano Music for Young & Old, Vol. 2, Op. 53, FS 148: Nos. 13-18 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Nielsen — Piano Music for Young & Old, Vol. 2, Op. 53, FS 148: Nos. 19-24 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Nielsen — 6 Humoresque Bagatelles, Op. 11, FS 22 $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Nielsen — Piano Suite, Op. 45, FS 91 "Luciferian": I. Allegretto un pochettino $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Nielsen — Piano Suite, Op. 45, FS 91 "Luciferian": II. Poco moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Nielsen — Piano Suite, Op. 45, FS 91 "Luciferian": III. Molto adagio e pat├Ętico $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Nielsen — Piano Suite, Op. 45, FS 91 "Luciferian": IV. Allegretto innocente $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Nielsen — Piano Suite, Op. 45, FS 91 "Luciferian": V. Allegretto vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Nielsen — Piano Suite, Op. 45, FS 91 "Luciferian": VI. Allegro non troppo ma vigoroso $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Nielsen — Chaconne, Op. 32, FS 79
  26. Nielsen — Hagbarth & Signe, FS 57: No. 5, Dance of the Handmaidens (Version for Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Nielsen — Theme with Variations, Op. 40, FS 81

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Festival Prelude for the New Century FS 24
>Nielsen, Carl : Klavermusik for små og store (Piano Music for Young and Old), 24 pieces for piano (2 vols.), FS 148
>Nielsen, Carl : Symfonisk Suite (Symphonic Suite), for piano, FS 19 (Op. 8)
>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (5) for Piano, FS 10/Op. 3
>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (3) for Piano, FS 131/Op. 59
>Nielsen, Carl : Humoresque Bagatelles FS 22 (Opus 11)
>Nielsen, Carl : Suite for Piano, FS 91/Op. 45 "Luciferian"
>Nielsen, Carl : Chaconne for Piano, FS 79/Op. 32
>Nielsen, Carl : Hagbarth and Signe, FS 57
>Nielsen, Carl : Tema med variationer (Theme with Variations), for piano, FS 81 (Op. 40)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Incomparable composer and pianist John McCabe, who passed away in February 2015, had recorded Nielsen's Piano Music on LP for Decca's Ace of Diamonds back in 1975. More recently, the SOMM label was approached by John's wife, Monica McCabe, to ask if they would consider issuing it on CD. From an early age, John loved to explore little-known works and considered Nielsen's Suite, Op. 45 a true masterpiece. The piano music of Nielsen, whose 150th anniversary is celebrated this year, is overshadowed by his six symphonies but his piano music has always had a special place in the hearts of music lovers worldwide. These recordings have been unavailable for many years; now newly re-mastered, they are given a new lease on life and serve as a timely reminder of McCabe's unique interpretations.

Classical Source
An excellent release ... throughout this Nielsen recital I was hooked.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. George the Martyr, Holborn, London, England (04/1973).



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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Festival Prelude for the New Century FS 24
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 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: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Nielsen, Carl : Symfonisk Suite (Symphonic Suite), for piano, FS 19 (Op. 8)
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (5) for Piano, FS 10/Op. 3
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (3) for Piano, FS 131/Op. 59
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927-1928

>Nielsen, Carl : Klavermusik for små og store (Piano Music for Young and Old), 24 pieces for piano (2 vols.), FS 148
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Nielsen, Carl : Humoresque Bagatelles FS 22 (Opus 11) :: 1. Hello! Hello! Allegretto / 2. the Spinning Top
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1897

>Nielsen, Carl : Suite for Piano, FS 91/Op. 45 "Luciferian"
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Nielsen, Carl : Chaconne for Piano, FS 79/Op. 32
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Nielsen, Carl : Hagbarth and Signe, FS 57 :: no 5 Dance of the Handmaidens
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Nielsen, Carl : Tema med variationer (Theme with Variations), for piano, FS 81 (Op. 40)
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917