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Nielsen: Complete Symphonies (6) / Gillian Keith, soprano Mark Stone, baritone, BBC PO, John Storgards

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"
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic here present a complete set of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies, following on from the successful recent release of Sibelius’ complete symphonies. The two sets together celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of both composers. Nielsen’s symphonies reflect the composer’s musical emancipation from his early folk music, Bach, Mozart, and even Brahms, Schumann, and Grieg influences, and his experimentation with progressive tonality and, later, radical departures from traditional compositional styles. “Carl Nielsen looked life straight in the face, and he never blinked: how many composers put their own heart attack into music? But no matter how startling, how vivid, or how outright eccentric Nielsen’s Sixth Symphony gets, it’s never depressing: this is music of life, not death. Everyone needs to hear it, and there’s no better guide than our principal guest conductor John Storgårds.” (BBC Philharmonic concert program notes)

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
The 'espansiva' manner of Storgsrds's approach begins long before the Third Symphony and starts as it means to go on with the First. It isn't slow but it is solid, even a little deliberate - bracing in a big-boned way...The star turns are undoubtedly the Fourth and Fifth symphonies. The seismic energy of The Inextinguishable is brilliantly conveyed in really taut playing from the BBC Philharmonic.

The Guardian, 25th June 2015
It's not Sibelius that these performances bring to mind as much as, at times, Bruckner: Storgsrds makes these works sound monumental, though not grand, and he takes the long view...It's a more solid, more prosaic approach than some, but it works, and the orchestra is on classy form.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2015
It's fascinating to hear Carl Nielsen's six symponies in quick succession... Storgsrds's approach is thoughtful... [and] the BBC Philharmonic players respond to their principal guest conductor superbly: the woodwind with well-characterised phrasing... the strings with perfect discipline... Storgsrds offers outstanding playing and a consistent personal view.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MediaCityUK, Salford.



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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 33 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1891-1892

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 33 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
  • Performers: Gillian Keith (Soprano); Mark Stone
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 37 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
  • Performers: Geraint Daniel (Timpani); Paul Turner (Timpani)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 34 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
  • Performers: John Bradbury (Clarinet); Paul Patrick (Drum)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 35 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1921-1922

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice"
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 34 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924-1925