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Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, July 2015

Gilbert has a fine sense of Nielsen’s quirky rhetoric: The dramatic effects of his colors; the dizzying disorientation of his superimposed conflicts; the misleading premonitions of things to come; the emotional point of Nielsen’s unexpected dissonances and harmonic lurches. Gilbert usually has a fine ear for balances, too. The orchestra plays magnificently, with exceptional solo work, and a terrifying unanimity where required; and…the aural experience is more satisfying than anything I’ve heard live at Avery Fisher. If you buy this recording, you surely won’t feel that you’ve wasted your money. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

James H. North
Fanfare, July 2015

[In the Fifth] Alan Gilbert gives Bernstein a run for his money. The two performances are quite similar. The playing by the orchestra is cleaner today, and the recorded sound more immediate…

…the SACD is especially effective in quiet passages among the winds—a bassoon growls even at pp—and it pinpoints. Surround sound is luscious without sacrificing either detail or impact. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, July 2015

…outstanding playing and powerful interpretations. Everything rolls out smoothly, at a slightly slow tempo, with dignity and effortless execution. Textures are impeccably sculpted and blended. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Max Westler
Enjoy the Music, April 2015

NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4, "Inextinguishable" (New York Philharmonic, Gilbert) 6.220624
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 (New York Philharmonic, Gilbert) 6.220625

Nielsen’s symphonies require a great orchestra, superb engineering, and a deeply sympathetic conductor who both understands and loves the music. Here we have all three. The New York Philharmonic is a virtuoso ensemble that can handle the composer’s sometime impossible demands with grace and power. Dacapo’s recording team has given us the most spacious, detailed, and transparent sound these works have ever received. And clearly Gilbert’s interpretations spring from deep conviction and an abiding commitment to the composer. Those who know this music will be startled by how much expressive detail they hear, especially at the big climaxes, where even the best recordings often come up short. © 2015 Enjoy the Music Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, March 2015

…Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic carry the day, with carefully impassioned readings of both symphonies that are surely to my mind definitive. It is a moving disk, something a Nielsenite will cherish and a newcomer will get the best possible way into the works. This is by all means a triumph! © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, March 2015

The luminous quality of the New York Philharmonic strings and brass enjoys a vivacity I have not relished so thoroughly since the Dimitri Mitropoulos and Leonard Bernstein days of committed leadership. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, March 2015

…Gilbert and the NY Philharmonic make a fabulous and powerful case for [these works] in this new release. © 2015 Cinemusical Read complete review

Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, March 2015

compelling versions of Nielsen’s fifth and sixth symphonies… © 2015 Scene Magazine Read complete review

Jack Lawson
MusicWeb International, March 2015

In Gilbert’s project issued by Dacapo, we have landmark performances of Nielsen’s Fifth and Sixth symphonies, twentieth century masterpieces, faithfully recorded, lavishly presented in DSD—digital recordings that really work. This is awe-inspiring. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Benson, March 2015

Astounding orchestral virtuosity is heard throughout… © 2015 Read complete review, February 2015

The orchestra itself has not sounded this good since the Bernstein era: Gilbert clearly knows how to extract the maximum warmth, precision and sectional balance from an orchestra that has often been rather ragged and unruly under a variety of conductors… © 2015 Read complete review

Graham Williams, February 2015

The final volume in Alan Gilbert’s traversal of the six Nielsen Symphonies…arrives in good time for the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, and in every respect it matches the high standard already set by the two previous releases.

The performance of the two-movement 5th Symphony given here certainly does not disappoint. With his fairly relaxed tempo and rather chilly sounding oscillating violas Gilbert effectively invokes the sense of bleak stillness at the start. The second movement opens powerfully, and though Gilbert does not press forward as fiercely as some might like, he does convey the eventual triumph over conflict with conviction—thanks to the superlative orchestral playing that has been a constant feature of this cycle.

A most recommendable conclusion to a fine Nielsen Symphony cycle. © 2015 Read complete review

Graham Rickson
The Arts Desk, February 2015

Gilbert’s weighty, serious approach [on the Fifth Symphony] is effective. The extended static passages are unusually ominous, brass and percussion letting rip to deafening effect. The improvised side drum solo is terrifying. The first movement’s pale, exhausted close is wonderful, preceding a second movement where Gilbert’s well-chosen tempo allows his players to articulate the notes. The symphony’s dizzying ending rightly astonishes, Nielsen avoiding the expected peroration with an abrupt, ecstatic screeching of brakes. Sensational music, superbly played, and a fitting conclusion to an impressive new Nielsen cycle. © 2015 The Arts Desk Read complete review

David Fanning
Gramophone, February 2015

The concluding volume of Alan Gilbert’s Nielsen cycle fully matches up to its predecessors. In fact, taking the first movements alone, it arguably surpasses them.

…this is a reliable and intermittently distinguished modern set of the Nielsen symphonies… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

David Hurwitz, January 2015

The opening of the Fifth Symphony emerges with gossamer delicacy, and the solo wind playing is as sensitive as one could wish. But the hostile snare drum entrance carries real menace…leading to an absolutely apocalyptic climax.

The excellent live sonics add to the tactile immediacy of the performances. This is fantastic. © 2015 Read complete review

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