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Carl Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 / Royal Danish Orchestra, Berglund [3 CDs]

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Drawn from the worldwide holdings of Sony Classical Music and re-mastered in 24bit High Resolution Audio, these smart, desirable and collectible multi-disc editions, replete with legendary artists, offer many of the finest, most sought-after recordings in the classical discography. The slender, shelf-friendly box frontages feature large, prominently displayed photos of the edition’s featured artist, work listings at the back, with the CDs themselves housed in protective sleeves that divulge the recording specifics for each performance. In 1994, RCA Victor released a complete set of one of the 20th-century’s greatest symphonic cycles, the six masterpieces by Carl Nielsen, Denmark’s leading composer. (The great English musicologist Deryck Cooke called Nielsen’s Fifth the greatest symphony of the century, and many would agree.) The RCA Nielsen cycle, now available again in Sony Classical’s Masters series, was made in 1987–89 by the Royal Danish Orchestra – which the composer himself had played in as a violinist and later conducted – under the great Finnish maestro Paavo Berglund. It was widely acclaimed for its insight and integrity. Gramophone’s reviewer wrote: “Berglund secures playing of no mean polish and sophistication from the Danish orchestra. The RCA recording has excellent body and presence.”

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Copenhagen. Odd Fellow Hall (06/03/1987-06/05/1987); Copenhagen. Odd Fellow Hall (08/15/1988-08/18/1988); Copenhagen. Odd Fellow Hall (08/17/1989-08/19/1989).



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>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Ensemble: Royal Danish Orchestra
  • Notes: Copenhagen, Odd Fellow Hall (06/03/1987-06/05/1987)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1891-1892

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Copenhagen, Odd Fellow Hall (08/15/1988-08/18/1988)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Copenhagen. Odd Fellow Hall (08/17/1989-08/19/1989)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Copenhagen. Odd Fellow Hall (06/03/1987-06/05/1987)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Copenhagen, Odd Fellow Hall (08/15/1988-08/18/1988)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1921-1922

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice"
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Notes: Copenhagen, Odd Fellow Hall (08/17/1989-08/19/1989)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924-1925