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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 "The Four Temperaments" & 3 "Sinfonia Espansiva" / Alan Gilbert, New York PO (live)

Audio Samples

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

I'm sure that Nielsen's time is coming, and I'm looking forward to sharing this wonderful music with the audience. - Alan Gilbert 2011 Mr. Gilbert drew colorful, glittering and full-bodied playing from the musicians. - The New York Times, concert review of Nielsen's Symphony No. 3, June 2012 "Music is life, and like it inextinguishable," said the Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931). With indomitable courage and infinite curiosity Nielsen developed into one of the 20th century's greatest symphonists, after being raised in the Danish countryside as the son of a poor folk musician. With this new series of recordings, Nielsen crosses the Atlantic as the New York Philharmonic and their Music Director Alan Gilbert shed new light on the composer's uniquely Nordic symphonic sound. This is the first volume of the new recording series of Denmark's national composer Carl Nielsen's complete symphonies and concertos by The New York Philharmonic and their chief conductor Alan Gilbert. All works are recorded live during the New York Philharmonic's concert series in Avery Fisher Hall which has already impressed critics and audiences alike. In this interpretation, Maestro Gilbert's personal passion for the music of Carl Nielsen shines through every note, and the series will shed exciting new light on the indomitable Danish symphonist, leading up to the celebrations of his 150th birthday in 2015. The New York Philharmonic has an old connection with Carl Nielsen's music. It was with this orchestra that Leonard Bernstein recorded some of Nielsen's symphonies and solo concertos back in the 1960s. At that time his work was followed with great interest by the Danish Queen Margrethe II's father, King Frederik IX. The present Nielsen Project was presented to the Danish Queen at a press conference in New York in June 2011.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Having written all that, I would not be without this newcomer from New York. I look forward to the rest of the series with great interest.

The New York Times
Alan Gilbert is in the midst of an exciting project with the New York Philharmonic to perform and record Carl Nielsen's complete symphonies and concertos. The first release in the series is terrific, with pulsing and insightful accounts of the Second Symphony ("The Four Temperaments") and the Third ("Sinfonia Espansiva").

MusicWeb International
A disc I just can't stop listening to! The old lethargic New York Philharmonic is gone, and this is a highest-voltage reading of two striking symphonies. Oh, the brass! The conducting is inspired, and the result is completely magical and stunning. Sorry, have to run back to listen to it!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City.



Reviews

New Nielsen Cycle Commences
Considering the precarious financial profile of so many major US orchestras as well as the consequent paucity of orchestral recordings on this side of the Atlantic, itís a treat to have this brand new disc with the Philharmonic and their music director, Alan Gilbert. Itís the initial entry in a projected cycle of all six of the Nielsen symphonies. The results are topnotch: keenly judged tempi, precise balances, supple phrasing and most importantly impassioned, committed playing. The sonics are just as good: big-boned, detailed and natural. The SA incarnation is particularly effective. While there is significant competition with what is now clearly regarded by many as standard repertoire, Gilbert and the players more than hold their own. If subsequent releases in this series are of a comparable caliber, this cycle may very well take its place among the best available versions.
Submitted on 01/23/13 by conway 
Symphonies Shine

Carl Nielsen was one of the great symphonists of the 20th century, as this live recording readily demonstrates. His second symphony, "The Four Temperaments" features four movements, each depicting a different mood. Four different modes of expression. Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic take full advantage of the score, and offer up an exciting reading that not only shows the contrasts between the movements, but highlights the overarching continuity between them.

Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 is subtitled the "Sinfonia Espansiva," for good reason. Gilbert and the Philharmonic deliver on the bigness of the work, without making it sound bloated. Rather, Nielsen's music seems to just open up and build in a natural and unhurried manner.

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic perform these symphonies in an organic fashion. Conductor and orchestra work together as one to create a unified artistic vision (not surprising, given Gilbert's strong ties to the ensemble). The lyrical passages sing, and the climaxes arrive with power and authority. These are dramatic readings, but not overly dramatic. The music is dynamic and flowing, but never overwrought.

Although you can play this on a regular CD player, I highly recommend listening to it on an SACD player. The expanded detail and presence makes the performances even more engaging. I gained new appreciation for the precision for the Philharmonic's bass section, particularly during the third symphony. And for a live recording, the sound is amazingly clean and free of audience noise.
Submitted on 10/31/12 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
  • Conductor: Alan Gilbert
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Notes: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (06/14/2012-06/16/2012)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
  • Conductor: Alan Gilbert
  • Notes: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (2011-01-27_2011-01-29&2011-)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902
  • Studio/Live: Live