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Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks, Vol. 2 - Chamber and Instrumental Music / Danish String Quartet; Trio Ondine, DiamantEnsemblet [6 CDs]

Audio Samples

>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in G minor, FS 4 (Op. 13)
>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in F major ("Piacevolezza"), FS 36 (Op. 44; prev. Op. 19)
>Nielsen, Carl : String Quintet in G major, FS 5
>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in F minor, FS 11 (Op. 5)
>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, FS 23 (Op. 14)
>Nielsen, Carl : Trio for Piano and Strings in G major, FS 3i
>Nielsen, Carl : Serenata in vano for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Cello and Double Bass, FS 68
>Nielsen, Carl : Quintet for Winds, Op. 43
>Nielsen, Carl : Fantasistykke (Fantasy Piece), for clarinet & piano in G minor, FS 3h
>Nielsen, Carl : Fantasistykker (Fantasy Pieces) (2), for oboe & piano, FS 8 (Op. 2)
>Nielsen, Carl : Canto serioso, for horn (or cello) & piano, FS 132
>Nielsen, Carl : Moderen, Op. 41
>     Tågen letter (The Fog is Lifting), for flute and harp
>     Bornene leger (The Children Are Playing), for flute solo
>     Tro og Håb spiller (Faith and Hope Are Playing), for flute and viola
>Nielsen, Carl : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, FS 20/Op 9
>Nielsen, Carl : Sonata no 2 for violin & piano in G minor, FS 64 (Op. 35)
>Nielsen, Carl : Praeludium og Tema med Variationer (Prelude & Theme with Variations), for violin, FS 104 (Op. 48)
>Nielsen, Carl : Preludio e presto, for violin solo, FS 128 (Op. 52)
>Nielsen, Carl : Symfonisk Suite (Symphonic Suite), for piano, FS 19 (Op. 8)
>Nielsen, Carl : Klavermusik for sma og store (Piano Music for Young and Old), 24 pieces for piano (2 vols.), FS 148
>Nielsen, Carl : Tema med variationer (Theme with Variations), for piano, FS 81 (Op. 40)
>Nielsen, Carl : Chaconne for Piano, FS 79/Op. 32
>Nielsen, Carl : Suite for Piano, FS 91/Op. 45 "Luciferian"
>Nielsen, Carl : Humoresque-Bagatelles (6), FS 22/Op. 11
>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (5) for Piano, FS 10/Op. 3
>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (3) for Piano, FS 131/Op. 59

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in G minor, FS 4 (Op. 13)
>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in F major ("Piacevolezza"), FS 36 (Op. 44; prev. Op. 19)
>Nielsen, Carl : String Quintet in G major, FS 5
>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in F minor, FS 11 (Op. 5)
>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, FS 23 (Op. 14)
>Nielsen, Carl : Trio for Piano and Strings in G major, FS 3i
>Nielsen, Carl : Serenata in vano for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Cello and Double Bass, FS 68
>Nielsen, Carl : Quintet for Winds, Op. 43
>Nielsen, Carl : Fantasistykke (Fantasy Piece), for clarinet & piano in G minor, FS 3h
>Nielsen, Carl : Fantasistykker (Fantasy Pieces) (2), for oboe & piano, FS 8 (Op. 2)
>Nielsen, Carl : Canto serioso, for horn (or cello) & piano, FS 132
>Nielsen, Carl : Moderen, Op. 41
>Nielsen, Carl : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, FS 20/Op 9
>Nielsen, Carl : Sonata no 2 for violin & piano in G minor, FS 64 (Op. 35)
>Nielsen, Carl : Praeludium og Tema med Variationer (Prelude & Theme with Variations), for violin, FS 104 (Op. 48)
>Nielsen, Carl : Preludio e presto, for violin solo, FS 128 (Op. 52)
>Nielsen, Carl : Symfonisk Suite (Symphonic Suite), for piano, FS 19 (Op. 8)
>Nielsen, Carl : Klavermusik for sma og store (Piano Music for Young and Old), 24 pieces for piano (2 vols.), FS 148
>Nielsen, Carl : Tema med variationer (Theme with Variations), for piano, FS 81 (Op. 40)
>Nielsen, Carl : Chaconne for Piano, FS 79/Op. 32
>Nielsen, Carl : Suite for Piano, FS 91/Op. 45 "Luciferian"
>Nielsen, Carl : Humoresque-Bagatelles (6), FS 22/Op. 11
>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (5) for Piano, FS 10/Op. 3
>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (3) for Piano, FS 131/Op. 59
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the first complete collection of Carl Nielsen's masterly chamber works available on CD. With his spontaneous and imaginative works music, the Danish national composer presents himself as the renewer of the classical tradition. Here all the string quartets, violin sonatas and wind works appear in new, definitive recordings by top young Danish musicians. The piano works are played in unique fashion by Herman D. Koppel, who as a young man rehearsed them all with the composer himself.
The impassioned, insightful performances shed light on fascinating repertory. (New York Times)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Danish Radio Concert Hall (11/2006/03/2007); Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (11/2006/03/2007); Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond, The Royal Library (11/2006/03/2007); Danish Radio Concert Hall (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-); Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-); Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond, The Royal Library (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-); Danish Radio Concert Hall (2007-06-11_2007-06-13&2007-); Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (2007-06-11_2007-06-13&2007-); Queen's Hall, The Black Diamond, The Royal Library (2007-06-11_2007-06-13&2007-).



Reviews

Masterful chamber works
Nielsen isn’t one of those composers who is going to dazzle you away with a radical approach to form, yet he remains Denmark’s most highly regarded 20th century composer for good reason. His style was originally grounded in neo-classical tonality, but gradually evolved into more progressive, if subtle, forms. The essential quality of his music can be hard to pin down, but suffice to say that it combines tradition and modernity in a unique synthesis, one marked by a consistent emotional pull. Known more for his symphonic output, Nielsen’s chamber works are equally accomplished and appealing, and this 6-disc set of his chamber and instrumental music is a worthy and wonderful follow-up to the box set of Nielsen symphonies that Dacapo released in 2011. The works collected here, including his four string quartets, his celebrated wind quintet, sonatas, trios and solo piano pieces, is characterized by Nielsen’s singular narrative logic: the music often unfolds in unexpected melodic and rhythmic directions, yet maintains a remarkable interior cohesion. Nielsen is also interesting for his ability to synthesize many different styles and eras into his overall conception, predating (and perhaps inspiring) the likes of late-20th century composers like Alfred Schnittke. This collection draws from performances by the Danish String Quartet, Trio Ondine and DiamantEnsemblet, as well as pianists Herman Koppel and Jens Elvekjaer and violinists Jon Gjesme and Tue Lautrup. Their interpretations are precise, supple, thematically insightful and emotionally luminous. This is, quite simply, some of the most beautiful and affecting music written in the early part of the 20th century. Very highly recommended.
Submitted on 08/11/12 by Dean Brierly 
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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in G minor, FS 4 (Op. 13)
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (2006-07-27_2006-07-31&2006-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887-1888

>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in F major ("Piacevolezza"), FS 36 (Op. 44; prev. Op. 19)
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (2006-07-27_2006-07-31&2006-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1906

>Nielsen, Carl : String Quintet in G major, FS 5
  • Performer: Tim Frederiksen (Viola)
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (2006-07-27_2006-07-31&2006-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1888

>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in F minor, FS 11 (Op. 5)
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (2007-06-11_2007-06-13&2007-)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Nielsen, Carl : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, FS 23 (Op. 14)
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (2007-06-11_2007-06-13&2007-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1897-1898

>Nielsen, Carl : Trio for Piano and Strings in G major, FS 3i
  • Ensemble: Trio Ondine
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Nielsen, Carl : Serenata in vano for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Cello and Double Bass, FS 68
  • Performers: Katrine Oigaard (Double Bass); Henning Hansen (French Horn); Soren Elbo (Clarinet); Jens Tofte-Hansen (Bassoon); Oystein Sonstad (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Nielsen, Carl : Quintet for Winds, Op. 43
  • Performers: Max Artved (Oboe); Henning Hansen (French Horn); Soren Elbo (Clarinet); Ulla Jorgensen (Flute); Jens Tofte-Hansen (Bassoon)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1922

>Nielsen, Carl : Fantasistykke (Fantasy Piece), for clarinet & piano in G minor, FS 3h
  • Performers: Jens Elvekjær (Piano); Soren Elbo (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Nielsen, Carl : Fantasistykker (Fantasy Pieces) (2), for oboe & piano, FS 8 (Op. 2)
  • Performers: Max Artved (Oboe); Jens Elvekjær (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Nielsen, Carl : Canto serioso, for horn (or cello) & piano, FS 132
  • Performers: Jens Elvekjær (Piano); Henning Hansen (French Horn)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Nielsen, Carl : Moderen, Op. 41 :: Tågen letter (The Fog is Lifting), for flute and harp
  • Performers: Nina Schlemm (Harp); Anna Schick (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Nielsen, Carl : Moderen, Op. 41 :: Bornene leger (The Children Are Playing), for flute solo
  • Performer: Anna Schick (Flute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Nielsen, Carl : Moderen, Op. 41 :: Tro og Håb spiller (Faith and Hope Are Playing), for flute and viola
  • Performers: Anna Schick (Flute); Katrine Bundgaard (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Nielsen, Carl : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, FS 20/Op 9
  • Performers: Jens Elvekjær (Piano); Jon Gjesme (Violin)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Nielsen, Carl : Sonata no 2 for violin & piano in G minor, FS 64 (Op. 35)
  • Performers: Jens Elvekjær (Piano); Jon Gjesme (Violin)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Nielsen, Carl : Praeludium og Tema med Variationer (Prelude & Theme with Variations), for violin, FS 104 (Op. 48)
  • Performer: Tue Lautrup (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Nielsen, Carl : Preludio e presto, for violin solo, FS 128 (Op. 52)
  • Performer: Tue Lautrup (Violin)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927-1928

>Nielsen, Carl : Symfonisk Suite (Symphonic Suite), for piano, FS 19 (Op. 8)
  • Performer: Herman Koppel (Piano)
  • Notes: Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Nielsen, Carl : Klavermusik for små og store (Piano Music for Young and Old), 24 pieces for piano (2 vols.), FS 148
  • Performer: Herman Koppel (Piano)
  • Notes: Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Nielsen, Carl : Tema med variationer (Theme with Variations), for piano, FS 81 (Op. 40)
  • Performer: Herman Koppel (Piano)
  • Notes: Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Nielsen, Carl : Chaconne for Piano, FS 79/Op. 32
  • Performer: Herman Koppel (Piano)
  • Notes: Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Nielsen, Carl : Suite for Piano, FS 91/Op. 45 "Luciferian"
  • Performer: Herman Koppel (Piano)
  • Notes: Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Nielsen, Carl : Humoresque-Bagatelles (6), FS 22/Op. 11
  • Performer: Herman Koppel (Piano)
  • Notes: Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894-1897

>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (5) for Piano, FS 10/Op. 3
  • Performer: Herman Koppel (Piano)
  • Notes: Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Nielsen, Carl : Pieces (3) for Piano, FS 131/Op. 59
  • Performer: Herman Koppel (Piano)
  • Notes: Danish Radio, Studio 3, Copenhagen, Denmark (1981-02-02_1981-02-03&1981-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927-1928