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Carl Nielsen: Violin Concerto; Flute Concerto; Clarinet Concerto / Nikolaj Znaider, violin; Robert Langevin, flute; Anthony McGill, clarinet

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Violin Op. 33 (FS 61)
>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Flute, FS 119
>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"I think in terms of the instruments themselves - I sort of creep into their souls", said Carl Nielsen (1865-1931). His three solo concertos for violin, flute and clarinet concertos are highly characteristic and expressive works that show how Nielsen developed as a composer, increasingly distancing himself from the classical conventions. This new recording by New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert concludes the acclaimed Nielsen Project with soloists Nikolaj Znaider, Robert Langevin and Anthony McGill as the soloists in vivid live recordings from Avery Fisher Hall. "In Nikolaj Znaider's extraordinary performance of the solo part, it was not that the work's technical demands sounded easy but that they sounded musical... Mr. Znaider embraced Nielsen's characteristic swift shifts of mood, from aggressive scherzo to arching lyricism." (New York Times - concert review 2012) "Mr. Gilbert, as he has demonstrated, is an inspired Nielsen conductor. In Mr. McGill he had an ideal collaborator. Coming to the Philharmonic after a decade as a principal with the Met Opera Orchestra, Mr. McGill played with his trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character." (New York Times - concert review 2015)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City.



Reviews

"I Creep Into Their Souls"
This disc is a fitting addendum to an excellent Nielsen Symphony cycle. The violin, flute and clarinet concerti have all the stylistic earmarks which constitute the unique Nielsen sound: unexpected harmonic twists and turns, mercurial rhythmic patterns and a parade of colors and textures. In the final analysis, the composer valued a strong thematic component above all else. Itís here in abundance, especially in the Violin Concerto possibly because this was the composerís own instrument. Nielsen clearly valued the mellifluous qualities of the violin as well as its dazzling, pyrotechnical capabilities. Turning to the Flute Concerto, the composer adds an impish, mischievous element yet adheres to the instrumentís basic lyric nature. Composed last, the Clarinet Concerto is the most forward leaning of the 3. Remember the clarinet, snare drum collision in the composerís 5th symphony? You will detect a similarity. Nielsen explores the vast range and timbral versatility of the instrument yet never wanders too far afield from the clarinetís inherent vocal quality. The 3 soloists, 2 of them NYP principals, are superb and more than up to the serious demands posed by these works. Maestro Gilbert and the NYP provide incisive, vivid support. The Super Audio sonics are superb: rich, full range and three dimensional. The liner notes offer many fascinating insights into the genesis and formal design of these works.
Submitted on 07/24/15 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Violin Op. 33 (FS 61)
  • Performer: Nikolaj Znaider (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alan Gilbert
  • Notes: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (10/10/2012-10/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1911

>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Flute, FS 119
  • Performer: Robert Langevin (Flute)
  • Conductor: Alan Gilbert
  • Notes: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (10/10/2012-10/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1926

>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57
  • Performer: Anthony McGill (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Alan Gilbert
  • Notes: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (2015-01-07_2012-01-10&2015-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1928