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This month we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Carl Nielsen, on June 9, 1865.

As the most important Danish composer of the first part of the twentieth century, Nielsen was prolific in almost all genres. He dissociated himself from Late Romanticism in favour of the new currents in European music, without at any time abandoning his very personal and idiosyncratic style.

His six symphonies become increasingly adventurous as the cycle progresses; they are essentially tonal, emotionally direct works, alternating long lines of melody with passages of blazing energy. The three concertos he wrote respectively for clarinet, flute and violin have also found a place in the standard repertoire.

Works for Orchestra

Aladdin Suite / Pan and Syrinx / Helios Overture

“This excellent issue would make an ideal starting-point for anyone intrigued by the music of
Carl Nielsen.”
International Record Review

  Listen to an extract from Helios Overture

Violin Concerto / Clarinet Concerto / Flute Concerto

“You won't find a better collection of three concertos on one disc.”
BBC Music Magazine

  Listen to an extract from the Violin Concerto:
I. Allegro cavalleresco

Symphonies, Vol. 1
No. 1 / No. 6,
"Sinfonia semplice"

“The performances are outstanding for their vibrancy and warmth.”

  Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 6:
I. Tempo giusto

Symphonies, Vol. 2
No. 2, "The 4 Temperaments" /
No. 3, "Sinfonia espansiva"

“The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra generates a firm impression that they own this music and Schønwandt conducts with enthusiastic flair. The Danish vocal soloists in the Andante pastorale of the Third have no equals on disc.”
Classical Music Sentinel

  Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 2:
IV. Allegro sanguineo

Symphonies, Vol. 3
No. 4, "The Inextinguishable" / No. 5

“Schønwandt’s knowing handling of the work’s complexities, and the excellent and idiomatic playing of the orchestra in both symphonies, make this CD a triumphant completion of these performers’ Nielsen cycle.”

  Listen to an extract from Symphony No. 4:
I. Allegro

Other Works

String Quartets, Vol. 1

“The performances by the Oslo Quartet are spirited, sensitive and very alive. ... artistically they are a first recommendation.”
Penguin Guide

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