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CARL NIELSEN  

(1865 - 1931)

Carl Nielsen, the principal post-Romantic Danish composer, was born in 1865, the son of a painter and village musician. Childhood experience as an amateur performer led to subsidised study at the Copenhagen Conservatory and a long career during which he developed his own personal style of composition, in particular in a series of important symphonies.

Orchestral Music

Nielsen wrote six symphonies, all of which repay attention. The best known are Symphony No. 2, ‘The Four Temperaments’ and Symphony No. 4, ‘The Inextinguishable’. Symphony No. 5, written after the First World War, represents, in its two movements, the composer’s struggle to develop new and stronger rhythms and more advanced harmony. His concertos for clarinet, for flute and for violin have also found a place in standard repertoire, as has the overture taken from the opera Maskarade.

Chamber Music

Nielsen’s 1922 wind quintet is a particularly pleasing element in chamber-music repertoire for wind. It is of greater interest than the composer’s earlier string quartets, although these are still worthy of greater attention than they generally receive.

Piano Music

Although Nielsen was not primarily a pianist, he had studied the instrument at the Copenhagen Conservatory, and he wrote a number of piano pieces. These form a significant element in Scandinavian keyboard repertoire and include the notable Chaconne of 1916, followed in 1917 by his Theme and Variations. One of his last works for piano was a set of five-finger pieces, for young and old, encompassing a wide variety of moods.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
CHRISTMAS Danske Julesalmer og Sange (Danish Christmas Hymns) Naxos 8.502001
NIELSEN Symphonies Naxos 8.503006
Nordic Classical Favourites Naxos 8.504037
The Seasons Naxos 8.504038

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ABRAHAMSEN, H.: Marchenbilder / Lied in Fall / Winternacht Dacapo
8.224080
Orchestral
ABRAHAMSEN: Stratifications / Nacht und Trompeten / Piano Concerto Dacapo
8.226010
Chamber Music
BAHR, Gunilla von: Music for flute BIS
BIS-CD-350
Instrumental
BEETHOVEN / SCHUBERT / SCHUMANN / MOZART: Music for French Horn BIS
BIS-CD-47
Chamber Music
BLACKWOOD, Easley: Radical Piano Cedille
CDR90000-027
Instrumental
BRAHMS, J. / DVORAK, A. / SIBELIUS, J. / NIELSEN, C.: 4 Symphonies (Dausgaard) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
710604
Classical Concert
BRAHMS, J. / DVORAK, A. / SIBELIUS, J. / NIELSEN, C.: 4 Symphonies (Dausgaard) (NTSC) C Major
710508
Classical Concert
CAVATINA AND OTHER CLASSICAL GUITAR FAVOURITES Naxos
8.570066
Instrumental
Choral Concert: Studenter-Sangforeningen (Gaudeamus igitur - Student Songs and Drinking Songs) Naxos
8.572397
Choral - Secular
Choral Music - WEYSE / LANGE-MULLER / MORTENSEN, O. / AAGAARD / SCHIERBECK, P. / RING / LAUB / NIELSEN, C. (De Danske Sange) Naxos
8.570173
Vocal, Choral - Secular
Christmas Carols From Around the World Naxos
8.503109
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Danske Julesalmer og Sange, Vol. 1 (Danish Christmas Hymns, Vol. 1) (Musica Ficta, Holten) Naxos
8.553998
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS IN SWEDEN BIS
BIS-CD-1179
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Julen Stjarna (Christmas Star) Naxos
8.557790
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Julstamning - De klassiska melodierna och de alskade sangerna (Christmas Spirit - The Classic Melodies and Beloved Songs) Naxos
8.503157
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-177
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MUSIC FROM SWEDEN BIS
BIS-CD-533
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS SONGS (Orphei Dranger, Alin) BIS
BIS-CD-1833
Choral - Sacred
Clarinet and Piano Recital: Ashkenazy, Dimitri / Ashkenazy, Vladimir - GADE, N.W. / ESCHMANN, J.C. / REINECKE, C. / NIELSEN, C. (Father and Son) Paladino Music
PMR0030
Chamber Music
Classical Music for Harmony (Klassisk musik för harmoni) Naxos
8.990116
Orchestral
DANISH CHRISTMAS (A) Naxos
8.554627
Choral - Sacred
Danish Classical Favourites Naxos
8.550995
Orchestral
Danish Classical Favourites Naxos
8.554007
Orchestral
Danish Oboe Works Dacapo
8.224043
Chamber Music
DANISH ROMANCE FOR MEDITATION Naxos
8.570557
Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral, Instrumental, Chamber Music
Danish Wind Quintets Dacapo
8.224001
Chamber Music
Danish Wind Quintets Dacapo
8.224151
Chamber Music
DANSKE GUITARDUO (DEN): Nordisk Musik for to guitarer Naxos
8.554968
Instrumental
DEAN: Winter Songs / NIELSEN: Wind Quintet / PART: Quartettino BIS
BIS-CD-1332
Chamber Music
DEBUSSY / MOZART / GRIEG / BACH: Sun-Flute BIS
BIS-CD-100
Chamber Music
Den danske sangskat (Treasure of Danish Songs), Vol. 3 - NIELSEN, C.: Sange og motetter (Songs and Motets) Naxos
8.554965
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
Den danske sangskat (Treasure of Danish Songs), Vol. 6 - Danske salmer (Danish Hymns) Naxos
8.554976
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
Den danske sangskat (Treasure of Danish Songs), Vol. 8 - Bornesange (Children Songs) Naxos
8.557730
Choral - Secular
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (1998 edition) Naxos Educational
8.554337-38
Orchestral
DROMTE MIG EN DROM - Danske Sange OUR Recordings
8.226907
Choral - Secular
FIVE NORDIC MASTERS: SVENDSEN / STENHAMMER / NIELSEN / SIBELIUS / TUBIN BIS
BIS-CD-1496-98
Orchestral
Flute and Orchestra Works - NIELSEN, C. / GRIFFES, C.T. / REINECKE, C. / CHAMINADE, C. / POULENC, F. (Bezaly, N. Järvi) BIS
BIS-1679
Concertos
FLUTE MOMENTS Naxos
8.557788
Orchestral
FRA HOJSKOLESANGBOGEN (Danish Folk Songs) Dacapo
8.224712
Vocal
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces / RAVEL: Mother Goose / NIELSEN, C.: Alladin Suite / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Mlada / PROKOFIEV: Cinderella Suite Naxos
8.557953DK
Orchestral
GUITAR MOMENTS Naxos
8.557712
Instrumental
HANSEN, Ib: Kongelig Kammersanger (1959 - 1983) Naxos Historical
8.112003
Opera
HENRIQUES: The Picture Book / NIELSEN: 6 Humoresque-Bagatelles / GLASS, L.: For Children Dacapo
8.224703
Instrumental
HOLMBOE / NORGARD / NIELSEN / NORDENTOFT: Piano Trios Dacapo
8.226009
Chamber Music
KAIPAINEN, J.: Starry Night (The) / MERILAINEN, U.: Metamorfora per 7 / KLAMI, U.: Rag-Time and Blues / NIELSEN, C.: Serenata in vano Ondine
ODE792-2
Chamber Music
KLASSISKA FAVORITER, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550554
Chamber Music
KLASSISKT A-O (The A to Z of Classical Music) Naxos
8.553362
Orchestral
KLUGHARDT, A.F.M.: Schilflieder / NIELSEN, C.: Canto serioso / 2 Fantasy Pieces (Romantische Verwandlungen) (Schellenberger) Campanella Musica
C130151
Chamber Music
LANGGAARD, R. / NIELSEN, C.: Organ Music (Outer Darkness - Musical Lighthouses by Langgaard and Nielsen) (Schmidt-Madsen) Naxos
8.573068
Instrumental
LUNDS STUDENTSANGARE: Skona Maj (Beautiful May) Naxos
8.557994
Choral - Secular
LUNDS STUDENTSANGARE: Stralande Jul (Radiant Christmas) Naxos
8.570305
Choral - Sacred
MARTIN, F.: Ballade for Flute and Orchestra / NIELSEN, C.: Flute Concerto / IBERT, J.: Flute Concerto / BERNSTEIN, L.: Halil (Faust) Capriccio
C10495
Concertos
MIRACLE OF SUMMER (THE) Naxos
8.557998
Orchestral
NIELSEN / AHO: Clarinet Concertos BIS
BIS-SACD-1463
Concertos
NIELSEN / LANGE-MULLER / WEYSE / HARTMANN / KUNZEN: Serenades and Romances Dacapo
8.226012
Vocal, Opera, Vocal
NIELSEN CARL : SANGE Naxos
8.554974
Vocal
NIELSEN, C. / FARKAS / IBERT / ARNOLD: Music for Wind Quintet BIS
BIS-CD-136
Chamber Music
NIELSEN, C.: Cantatas (Holten) Dacapo
8.226079
Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred
NIELSEN, C.: Flute Concerto / IBERT, J.: Flute Concerto / JOLIVET, A.: Flute Concerto / Suite en concert (Alanko) Ondine
ODE802-2
Concertos
NIELSEN, C.: Maskarade (Masquerade) Dacapo
6.220507-08
Opera
NIELSEN, C.: Masterworks (The), Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music (Danish National Symphony, Schonwandt) Dacapo
8.206002
Orchestral, Classical Concert, Orchestral, Classical Concert, Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Masterworks (The), Vol. 2 - Chamber and Instrumental Works (Danish String Quartet, Diamant Ensemblet, Trio Ondine, Koppel) Dacapo
8.206003
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
NIELSEN, C.: Piano Music Dacapo
8.224095-96
Instrumental
NIELSEN, C.: Piano Music, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553574
Instrumental
NIELSEN, C.: Piano Music, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553653
Instrumental
NIELSEN, C.: Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Solo Violin Works BIS
BIS-CD-1284
Chamber Music, Instrumental
NIELSEN, C.: Songs Dacapo
8.224218
Vocal, Opera, Vocal
NIELSEN, C.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553907
Chamber Music
NIELSEN, C.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553908
Chamber Music
NIELSEN, C.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 - Opp. 13, 44 / String Quintet (Young Danish String Quartet) Dacapo
6.220521
Chamber Music
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies 1-6 / Violin Concerto / Flute Concerto / Clarinet Concerto (Gallois, Dong-Suk Kang, Schill, Myung-Whun Chung, N. Jarvi) BIS
BIS-CD-614-16
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 Dacapo
8.224169
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 (BBC Scottish Symphony, Vanska) BIS
BIS-CD-1079
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6, 'Sinfonia Semplice' Naxos
8.550826
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 / Helios / Saga-Dream / Pan and Syrinx (BBC Scottish Symphony, Lahti Symphony, Vanska) BIS
BIS-CD-1839-40
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 Dacapo
8.224126
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 Naxos
8.550825
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 (BBC Scottish Symphony, Vanska) BIS
BIS-CD-1289
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 2, "The 4 Temperaments" and 3, "Sinfonia espansiva" (New York Philharmonic, Gilbert) Dacapo
6.220623
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (BBC Scottish Symphony, Vanska) BIS
BIS-CD-1209
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 Dacapo
8.224156
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 Naxos
8.550743
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oramo) BIS
BIS-2028
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6 (Gothenburg Symphony, N. Jarvi) BIS
BIS-CD-600
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1 and 6, "Sinfonia semplice" (Danish National Radio Symphony, Schonwandt) Naxos
8.570737
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2, "The 4 Temperaments" and 3, "Sinfonia espansiva" (Danish National Radio Symphony, Schonwandt) Naxos
8.570738
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Nos. 4, "The Inextinguishable" and 5 (Danish National Radio Symphony, Schonwandt) Naxos
8.570739
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphony No. 1 / Flute Concerto / Rhapsody Overture, "En fantasirejse til Faeroene" (Gallois, Gothenburg Symphony, Myung-Whun Chung) BIS
BIS-CD-454
Orchestral, Concertos
NIELSEN, C.: Symphony No. 2 / Aladdin Suite (Gothenburg Symphony, Myung-Whun Chung) BIS
BIS-CD-247
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphony No. 5 / Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (Dong-Suk Kang, Gothenburg Symphony, Myung-Whun Chung) BIS
BIS-CD-370
Orchestral, Concertos
NIELSEN, C.: Violin Concerto / Clarinet Concerto / Flute Concerto Naxos
8.554189
Concertos
NIELSEN, C.: Wind Quintet / LOEFFLER, C.: 2 Rapsodies / PROKOFIEV, S.: Oboe Quintet in G Minor Delos
DE3136
Chamber Music
NIELSEN: 4 String Quartets / String Quintet BIS
BIS-CD-503-04
Chamber Music
NIELSEN: Aladdin Suite / Pan and Syrinx / Helios Overture Naxos
8.557164
Orchestral, Opera, Orchestral
NIELSEN: Chamber Music, Vol. 1 Dacapo
8.226064
Chamber Music
NIELSEN: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 - Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 Dacapo
8.226065
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
NIELSEN: Chamber Works for Violin and Strings BIS
BIS-CD-1444
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
NIELSEN: Complete Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-321
Opera, Concertos, Orchestral
NIELSEN: Complete Organ Music BIS
BIS-CD-131
Instrumental, Choral - Sacred
NIELSEN: Complete Piano Music BIS
BIS-CD-167-68
Instrumental
NIELSEN: Complete Symphonies / The Light and the Darkness (NTSC) Dacapo
2.110403-05
Classical Concert
NIELSEN: Maskarade (Royal Danish Opera, 2006) (NTSC) Dacapo
2.110407
Opera DVD
NIELSEN: Masquerade (excerpts) / Snefrid Suite / Rhapsodic Overture / Pan and Syrinx Dacapo
6.220518
Orchestral
NIELSEN: String Suite / SALLINEN: String Quartet No. 3 BIS
BIS-CD-461
Orchestral
NIELSEN: Suite / LINDE: Concerto piccolo / LEIFS: Variazioni pastorali / SIBELIUS: Impromptu BIS
BIS-CD-1538
Orchestral
NIELSEN: Theatre Music BIS
BIS-CD-641
Orchestral, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
NIELSEN: Wind Chamber Music BIS
BIS-CD-428
Chamber Music
NORDIC CLASSICAL FAVORITES Naxos
8.557426
Orchestral
NORDIC PIANO FAVOURITES Naxos
8.557425
Instrumental
NORDIC ROMANCE BIS
BIS-CD-206
Choral - Secular
Oboe Concertos – SCHUNCKE, H. / NIELSEN, C. / KALLIWODA, J.W. / ROPARTZ, J. G. (Lencses) Capriccio
C67134
Orchestral
ONCE UPON A TIME Naxos
8.557953-54
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - NIELSEN, C. / LARSSON, L.-E. / ROSENBERG, H. / SIBELIUS, J. / PETERSON-BERGER, W. (Nordic Classical Favourites, Vol. 2) (Hanson) Naxos
8.572339
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - PETERSON-BERGER, W. / LARSSON, L.-E. / SIBELIUS, J. / GRIEG, E. / ALFVEN, H. (Nordic Favourites) Naxos
8.554782
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - SIBELIUS, J. / GRIEG, E. / NIELSEN, C. (Scandinavian Rhapsody) (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE824-2
Orchestral
PALSSON, Hans: I Doda Mastares Sallskap, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.553934
Instrumental
SCANDINAVIAN HORN MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-171
Chamber Music
SCANDINAVIAN STRING MUSIC Amadis
7132
Orchestral
Scandinavian String Music Naxos
8.553106
Orchestral
Scandinavian Wind Quintets Naxos
8.553050
Chamber Music
SEASONS (The) (Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet) BIS
BIS-2072
Chamber Music
SKONA GRONA DAGAR (BEAUTIFUL GREEN DAYS) Naxos
8.503068
Orchestral
SOMMAR I HANGMATTAN - Lugn Musik for lata Dagar (Tranquil Music for Lazy Days) Naxos
8.578152
Orchestral
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Orchestral
SWEDISH CHRISTMAS SONGS BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5008
Choral - Sacred
SWEDISH STRING MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-1181
Orchestral
TRADITIONAL SWEDISH SONGS OF SPRING AND SUMMER BIS
BIS-CD-833
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND: Aspire Altissimo
75442260482
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL ARMY BAND: To a New Dawn Altissimo
75442263522
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Vocal Music - BACH, J.S. / CRUGER, J. / PRAETORIUS, M. / GRIEG, E. / CHARPENTIER, M.-A. / SCHEDIT, S. (The Vanishing Nordic Chorale) (Musik Ekklesia) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92128
Vocal Ensemble
Vocal Music - NIELSEN, C. / KUHLAU, F. / WEYSE, C.E.F. / HARTMANN, J.P.E. (The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs) (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier) Dacapo
6.220568
Vocal Ensemble
Vocal Music - STENHAMMAR, W. / ZEMLINSKY, A. von / LANGGAARD, R. / HENRIQUES, F. / DELIUS, F. / PETERSON-BERGER, W. (Sange af J.P. Jacobsen) Naxos
8.572070
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 2006 - Scheherazade (NTSC) EuroArts
2055318
Classical Concert




 
 
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