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NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2,


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NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2, "The 4 Temperaments" and 3, "Sinfonia espansiva" (Danish National Radio Symphony, Schonwandt)

The most important Danish composer of the first third of the twentieth century, Carl Nielsen was prolific in almost all genres. Dissociating himself strongly from Late Romanticism, Nielsen orientated himself increasingly towards the new currents in European music without any time abandoning his very personal and idiosyncratic style. The Six Symphonies, which become increasingly adventurous as the cycle progresses, are essentially tonal, emotionally direct works, which alternate long lines of melody with passages of blazing energy. The idea of writing a symphony based on the Four Temperaments – The Choleric, The Sanguine, The Melancholic, and The Phlegmatic, came to Nielsen when he saw a primitive peasant painting in a village inn. The title of the Third Symphony, Sinfonie espansiva, an afterthought, has been explained as an expansion of the scope of the mind and of the life that comes with it.

Nielsen, Carl

  Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, FS 60, "Sinfonia espansiva"
1.   I. Allegro espansivo 00:11:44
2.   II. Andante pastorale 00:09:39
3.   III. Allegretto un poco 00:06:24
4.   IV. Finale: Allegro 00:09:29
  Symphony No. 2, Op. 16, FS 29, "The 4 Temperaments"
5.   I. Allegro collerico 00:10:18
6.   II. Allegro comodo e flammatico 00:04:42
7.   III. Andante malincolico 00:11:25
8.   IV. Allegro sanguineo 00:07:30

Total Playing Time: 01:11:11

Nielsen, Carl

Schønwandt, Michael

Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Dam-Jensen, Inger; Elming, Poul

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570738

Barcode: 0747313073870

Physical Release: 06/2008

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