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Nielsen: Orchestral Music / Dausgaard, Danish National SO

> Maskarade (Masquerade), FS 39 - Overture
> Maskarade (Masquerade), FS 39 - Act III: Hanedans (Cockerel's Dance)
> Herr Oluf han rider (Master Oluf He Rides), FS 37 - Master Oluf Rides, Op. 37: Prelude
> Snefrid Suite, FS 17 - I. Prelude
> Snefrid Suite, FS 17 - II. Andante quasi sostenuto
> Snefrid Suite, FS 17 - III. Postlude: Allegro non troppo
> Snefrid Suite, FS 17 - IV. Snefrid's Sleep: Andante - Quasi allegretto - Andante
> Snefrid Suite, FS 17 - V. Funeral Music: Andante sostenuto
> Saul og David (Saul and David), FS 25 - Saul and David, Op. 25, Act II: Prelude
> En fantasirejse til Faeroene (A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes), FS 123 - Rhapsodic Overture - A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes, Op. 123
> Willemoes, FS 44 - Willemoes, Op. 44, Act III: Prelude
> Pan og Syrinx (Pan and Syrinx), Op. 49, FS 87 - Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49
> Amor og Digteren (Cupid and the Poet), Op. 54, FS 150 - Amor og Digteren (Cupid and the Poet), Op. 54: Overture
> Helios, Op. 17, FS 32 - Helios Overture, Op. 17

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Maskarade, FS 39
>Nielsen, Carl : Herr Oluf han rider (Master Oluf Rides), incidental music, FS 37
>Nielsen, Carl : Snefrid, melodrama, FS 17
>Nielsen, Carl : Saul og David (Saul and David), opera, FS 25
>Nielsen, Carl : An imaginary trip to the Faeroe Islands, FS 123
>Nielsen, Carl : Willemoes, incidental music, FS 44
>Nielsen, Carl : Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49
>Nielsen, Carl : Amor og Digteren (Amor and the Poet), incidental music, FS 150 (Op. 54)
>Nielsen, Carl : Helios Overture, FS 32/Op. 17
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Notes & Reviews:

"Talk about a slam-dunk! This is without doubt the finest collection of Nielsen's short orchestral works currently available. It is perfectly played, brilliantly conducted, and superbly recorded in stereo and SACD formats. You won't hear a more ebullient performance of the Maskerade Overture anywhere. Thomas Dausgaard keeps the tension mounting right through the quiet central episode, and the coda is beyond exciting. The manic eruptions in both An Imaginary Journey to the Faroe Islands and Pan and Syrinx rage with uninhibited impact, but the poetry in the soft passages isn't ever slighted, particularly in the latter. The Prelude to Act 2 of Saul and David sounds suitably imposing, while a rousing, joyous account of the Helios Overture closes the program in the most satisfying and contented fashion imaginable. What makes this disc even more satisfying is the presence of some very rare examples of Nielsen's extensive output of incidental music. Usually we only get to hear Aladdin, or very occasionally the overture to Love and the Poet (but not as well played as here). Willemoes is only a charming couple of minutes long, but the Snefrid Suite and the Hr. Oluf Hand Rider Prelude are more substantial. The former dates from the period of the First Symphony (early 1890s) and finds the composer discovering his personal voice, particularly in terms of harmony. The latter dates from the same period as Maskerade (around 1906), and it's a fully characteristic gem. In all of this music the playing of the orchestra reveals proprietary pride without a trace of complacency or routine. Everything sounds fresh and new, and if you don't love this disc, then--well, never mind. It's just plain irresistible. Might there be a sequel in the offing, with Aladdin, Saga-Drom, and the remaining shorter orchestral works? We can only hope." -Classics Today (10/10)

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A tone-poem which foreshadows the very distinctive style Nordic orchestral music inhabits today.



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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Maskarade, FS 39 :: Ouverture
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (05/15/2006-05/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Nielsen, Carl : Maskarade, FS 39 :: Hanedans (Cockerel's Dance)
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/28/2006-08/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Nielsen, Carl : Herr Oluf han rider (Master Oluf Rides), incidental music, FS 37 :: Forspil (Prelude)
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/28/2006-08/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Nielsen, Carl : Snefrid, melodrama, FS 17
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/28/2006-08/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893-1894

>Nielsen, Carl : Saul og David (Saul and David), opera, FS 25 :: Forspil til 2. akt (Prelude to Act 2)
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/28/2006-08/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898-1901

>Nielsen, Carl : An imaginary trip to the Faeroe Islands, FS 123
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (05/15/2006-05/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1927

>Nielsen, Carl : Willemoes, incidental music, FS 44 :: Forspil til 3. akt (Prelude to Act 3)
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/28/2006-08/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1908

>Nielsen, Carl : Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/28/2006-08/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917-1918

>Nielsen, Carl : Amor og Digteren (Amor and the Poet), incidental music, FS 150 (Op. 54) :: Ouverture
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/28/2006-08/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1930

>Nielsen, Carl : Helios Overture, FS 32/Op. 17
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/28/2006-08/30/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903