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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 / Lucy Hall, soprano; Marcus Farnsworth, baritone. Sir Colin Davis

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

With this eagerly awaited recording of Symphonies Nos.2 & 3, Sir Colin Davis completes his enlightening Nielsen symphony cycle. The first title in the series, Symphonies Nos.4 & 5, was Editor's Choice in Gramophone and Orchestral Choice of the Month in BBC Music Magazine. The second, with Symphonies Nos.1 & 6 was awarded CD of the Week in the Sunday Times. Nielsen's second symphony was inspired by a naïve but vivid painting representing the four temperaments of the human personality. Adopting these defining characters for each of the symphony's movements Nielsen realized a sonic depiction of emotion. His third symphony, the most openly Danish of his symphonies, portrays spaciousness, power and vitality and is considered his greatest international achievement.

Financial Times, 9th February 2013
This third and final CD from the series reminds us why Davis is so attuned to Nielsen: the music's Beethovenian conflict brings out the visceral dynamism in his personality. The opening and closing movements of these two symphonies bristle with vitality, and even in the slower music...Davis finds metaphysical fire and majesty, reinforced by the London Symphony Orchestra's meaty tone.

The Times, 9th February 2013
There's none of the angst and anger that came later in Nielsen's work, but plenty of rugged, boisterous, quirky and sometimes beautifully rustic music, which the London Symphony Orchestra deliver with a terrific punch in these concert recordings.

Sunday Times, 3rd March 2013
With this set he establishes himself as a Nielsenian of the first rank...Uplifting, inspired stuff.

International Record Review, March 2013
The LSO responds with relish ... Davis's readings are a notable achievement, and one can only admire his having taken on a major cycle this late in his career.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Davis approaches both works with driving energy...this recording is an exhilarating display of the life-force at full blast in both composer and conductor.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican Center, London (12/2011); Barbican, London (12/2011); Barbican Center, London (2011-12-04&2011-12-06&2011-); Barbican, London (2011-12-04&2011-12-06&2011-).



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Works Details

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments"
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London (12/04/2011/12/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Barbican, London (12/11/2011/12/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910-1911
  • Studio/Live: Live