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Nielsen: Symphonies no 1-3 / Blomstedt, San Francisco PO

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 : Maskarade, FS 39
>Nielsen, Carl : Aladdin Suite, Op. 34
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Nielsen always nurtured a special affection for his First Symphony - and rightly so, for its language is natural and unaffected. It has great spontaneity of feeling and a Dvorákian warmth and freshness. Blomstedt's recording is vital, beautifully shaped and generally faithful to both the spirit and the letter of the score. The recording is very fine: the sound has plenty of room to expand, there's a very good relationship between the various sections of the orchestra and a realistic perspective. The Second and Third are two of Nielsen's most genial symphonies, both of which come from the earliest part of the century, in performances of the very first order.

The Second (1902), inspired by the portrayal of The Four Temperaments (Choleric, Phlegmatic, Melancholic, Sanguine) that he had seen in a country inn, has splendid concentration and fire and, as always, from the right pace stems the right character. Moreover the orchestra sounds inspired, for there's a genuine excitement about its playing. Indeed Blomstedt's accounts are by far the most satisfying available. The Third, Espansiva, is even more personal in utterance than The Four Temperaments, for during the intervening years Nielsen had come much further along the road of self-discovery. His melodic lines are bolder, the musical paragraphs longer and his handling of form more assured. It's a glorious and richly inventive score whose pastoral slow movement includes a part for two wordless voices. Blomstedt gives us an affirmative, powerful reading and in the slow movement, the soprano produces the required ethereal effect.

The sound is very detailed and full bodied, and in the best traditions of the company. Blomstedt's Espansiva has greater depth than most accounts; the actual sound has that glowing radiance that characterises Nielsen, and the tempo, the underlying current on which this music is borne, is expertly judged - and nowhere better than in the finale.



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>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1891-1892

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
  • Performers: Nancy Kromm; Kevin McMillan (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 35 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Nielsen, Carl : Maskarade, FS 39
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Nielsen, Carl : Aladdin Suite, Op. 34 :: Oriental Festival March
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Nielsen, Carl : Aladdin Suite, Op. 34 :: Aladdin's Dream
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Nielsen, Carl : Aladdin Suite, Op. 34 :: Dance of the Morning Mists
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Nielsen, Carl : Aladdin Suite, Op. 34 :: Hindu Dance
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Nielsen, Carl : Aladdin Suite, Op. 34 :: Market Place in Ispahan
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Nielsen, Carl : Aladdin Suite, Op. 34 :: Prisoner's Dance
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Nielsen, Carl : Aladdin Suite, Op. 34 :: Negroes' Dance
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918-1919