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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, H.: String Quartet No. 1, "10 Preludes" / 6 Pieces (Ensemble MidtVest) Dacapo
8.226091
Chamber Music
ARCHIPELAGO -The Mid 18th Century Organ of Uto Proprius
PRCD9128
Instrumental
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
Chamber Music - TURINA, J. / WEBERN, A. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. (In the Moment: Short Pieces) (Arabella String Quartet) Naxos
8.579013
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Wind Quintet) - RAVEL, M. / IBERT, J. / MOZART, W.A. / BARBER, S. / NIELSEN, C. (Qwientett) Gramola Records
Gramola98759
Chamber Music
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
Choral - Secular, Vocal
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 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 Stockholms Studentsangare: Julens Ljus (The Light of Christmas) Proprius
PRSACD2035
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
Dagen ar Kommen (Swedish Christmas Songs) Naxos
8.553965
Choral - Sacred
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, Chamber Music, Orchestral
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
Den danske sangskat (Treasure of Danish Songs), Vol. 3 - NIELSEN, C.: Sange og motetter (Songs and Motets) Naxos
8.554965
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
DET VAR EN GANG… (Once upon a time) Naxos
8.557953DK
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (1998 edition) Naxos Educational
8.554337-38
Orchestral
DROMTE MIG EN DROM - Danske Sange OUR Recordings
8.226907
Choral - Secular
FARINGER, Solveig: Scandinavian Lieder Swedish Society
SCD1049
Vocal
FLUTE MOMENTS Naxos
8.557788
Orchestral
FONNESBÆK, Thomas: Where we belong Prophone
PCD159
Contemporary Jazz
FRA HOJSKOLESANGBOGEN (Danish Folk Songs) Dacapo
8.224712
Vocal
GOD JUL (EN) (A MERRY CHRISTMAS) Swedish Society
SCD1119
Vocal Ensemble
GUITAR MOMENTS Naxos
8.557712
Instrumental
HALVORSEN, J.: Violin Concerto / NIELSEN, C.: Violin Concerto / SVENDSEN: Romance (Kraggerud, Malmö Symphony, Engeset) Naxos
8.573738
Concertos
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
JUL I DEN GAMLE BY (Christmas in the Old Town) (Aarhus Academic Choir, Faurschou) Naxos
8.573150
Choral - Sacred
JULESTEMNING (Christmas Spirit) Naxos
8.503182
Choral - Sacred
Juletid - Julens favoritter fra Danmark (Christmas Favourites from Denmark) Naxos
8.503159
Choral - Sacred
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 / LANGE-MULLER / WEYSE / HARTMANN / KUNZEN: Serenades and Romances Dacapo
8.226012
Vocal, Opera, Vocal
NIELSEN CARL : SANGE Naxos
8.554974
Vocal
NIELSEN, C. / LAUB, T.: Choral Music (En snes danske viser, Vol. 1) (Musica Ficta, Holten) Naxos
8.573562
Choral - Secular
NIELSEN, C. / LAUB, T.: Choral Music (En snes danske viser, Vol. 2) (Musica Ficta, Holten) Naxos
8.573877
Choral - Secular
NIELSEN, C.: Cantatas (Holten) Dacapo
8.226079
Choral - Sacred, Vocal
NIELSEN, C.: Choral Music (Danish National Choirs, Schønwandt, P. Faber, S. Wendt) Dacapo
8.226112
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
NIELSEN, C.: Choral Music (Så syng da, Danmark!) (Choir 72, Bojesen, Vadsholt) Dacapo
8.224710
Choral - Secular
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.: Maskarade (Masquerade) [Opera] (Dahl, Riis, Danish National Symphony, Schønwandt) Dacapo
6.220641-42
Opera
NIELSEN, C.: Masterworks (The), Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music (Danish National Symphony, Schonwandt) Dacapo
8.206002
Classical Concert, Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Masterworks (The), Vol. 2 - Chamber and Instrumental Works (Danish String Quartet, Diamant Ensemblet, Trio Ondine, Koppel) Dacapo
8.206003
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
NIELSEN, C.: Oboe Music (Sletternes Sønner) (Artved, Møller, Fonnesbech) Naxos
8.573559
Chamber Music
NIELSEN, C.: Organ Music (Bryndorf) Dacapo
6.220635
Instrumental, Vocal, 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.: Saul and David (Royal Danish Opera, 2015) (NTSC) Dacapo
2.110412
Opera DVD
NIELSEN, C.: Songs Dacapo
8.224218
Vocal, Opera, Vocal
NIELSEN, C.: Songs for Choir (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Bojesen) Dacapo
6.220569
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
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 Nos. 1 and 4, "Inextinguishable" (New York Philharmonic, Gilbert) Dacapo
6.220624
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 Dacapo
8.224169
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6, 'Sinfonia Semplice' Naxos
8.550826
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 / Concertos (Znaider, Langevin, McGill, New York Philharmonic, Gilbert) [4-SACD Box Set] Dacapo
6.200003
Orchestral, Concertos
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, "The 4 Temperaments" and 3, "Sinfonia espansiva" (New York Philharmonic, Gilbert) Dacapo
6.220623
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. 5 and 6 (New York Philharmonic, Gilbert) Dacapo
6.220625
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.: Trumpet and Organ Music (Zielke, Johannsen) Naxos
9.70253
Chamber Music, Instrumental
NIELSEN, C.: Violin Concerto / Clarinet Concerto / Flute Concerto Naxos
8.554189
Concertos
NIELSEN, C.: Violin Concerto / Flute Concerto / Clarinet Concerto (Znaider, Langevin, McGill, New York Philharmonic, Gilbert) Dacapo
6.220556
Concertos
NIELSEN, C.: Vocal and Choral Works (Sung in English) (The Unknown Carl Nielsen) (Beck, Reuter, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Bojesen) Dacapo
8.226610
Vocal, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Choral - Secular
NIELSEN, C.: Vocal Music (Musica Ficta, Holten) Naxos
8.573560
Vocal Ensemble, Vocal, Vocal Ensemble, Vocal, Vocal Ensemble
NIELSEN, C.: Wind Quintet / LOEFFLER, C.: 2 Rapsodies / PROKOFIEV, S.: Oboe Quintet in G Minor Delos
DE3136
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, Chamber Music
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
NORDIC CLASSICAL FAVORITES Naxos
8.557426
Orchestral
NORDIC PIANO FAVOURITES Naxos
8.557425
Instrumental
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 - LEIF, S. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / NIELSEN, C. / SCHULHOFF, E. (Earquake) (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE894-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - LEIFS, J. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / HANSON, H. (Earquake - The Loudest Classical Music of All Time) (Helsinki Philharmonic, Segerstam) Ondine
ODE1210-2
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
PETERSON-BERGER: Frosoblomster / NIELSEN: Humoreske-Bagateller / SIBELIUS: Pensées lyrique … (Nordic Spring) Swedish Society
SCD1067
Instrumental, Chamber Music
Piano Recital: Wikström, Inger - GRIEG, E. / SIBELIUS, J. / NIELSEN, C. / KOCH, E. von (1967) Swedish Society
SLT33172
Instrumental
Recorder and Guitar Recital: Petri, Michala / Hannibal, Lars - NIELSEN, C. / HANNIBAL, L. / LALO, E. / CHRISTIANSEN, A.L. / GRIEG, E. (Garden Party) OUR Recordings
6.220619
Chamber Music
ROYAL DANISH ACADEMY OF MUSIC (THE) (150 Years) (1867-2017) Dacapo
8.201202
Opera, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Orchestral, Chamber Music
SCANDINAVIAN STRING MUSIC Amadis
7132
Orchestral
Scandinavian String Music Naxos
8.553106
Orchestral
Scandinavian Wind Quintets Naxos
8.553050
Chamber Music
SIBELIUS, J.: 5 Pieces / STENHAMMAR: Sonata / NIELSEN: 5 Pieces / GRIEG: 19 Norwegian Folk Melodies (Romanza) Swedish Society
SCD1048
Instrumental
SKONA GRONA DAGAR (BEAUTIFUL GREEN DAYS) Naxos
8.503068
Orchestral
SKØNNE GRØNNE DAGE (Beautiful Green Days) Naxos
8.578202
Orchestral
SOMMAR I HANGMATTAN - Lugn Musik for lata Dagar (Tranquil Music for Lazy Days) Naxos
8.578152
Orchestral
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Orchestral
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
Violin Recital: Skride, Baiba - GRIEG, E. / NIELSEN, C. / SIBELIUS, J. / STENHAMMAR, W. (Violin Sonatas and Pieces) Orfeo
C913161A
Chamber 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. / LANGGAARD, R. / HENRIQUES, F. / DELIUS, F. / PETERSON-BERGER, W. (Sange af J.P. Jacobsen) Naxos
8.572070
Vocal, Instrumental




 
 
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