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Concertos And Symphonic Works (Bernstein, Po, Ormandy, Nypo)

Carl August Nielsen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0000793YA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars NIELSEN FOR NEWCOMERS AND OTHERS 13 Feb 2005
Whether there is any such coherent entity as a 'Scandinavian school' of composition I just would not be knowing. Apart from a handful of works by the minor figures Gade, Svendsen and Sinding, I can claim a reasonable familiarity with Sibelius and Grieg and rather less acquaintance with Nielsen; but if one thing seems clear to me it is that these three do not resemble one another in the slightest. Nielsen still does not appear to have reached the same level of popularity as the other two, and perhaps this disc will do something to help in that respect. It is very well filled - nearly 80 minutes of playing time - and it provides a useful cross-section of his output. There are two of his concertos, for flute and clarinet, here and these belong to the later part of his career along with the Rhapsodic Overture. The short tone-poem Pan and Syrinx is from about 10 years earlier, and the Helios Overture together with the two preludes from his opera Maskarade are from some 15 years earlier than that, when the composer was around 40.
Nielsen is far closer in stature to Sibelius than to Grieg. His idiom is not quite as individual (whose is?) but it is still very much his own, one characteristic being a penchant for percussion effects of various kinds. The two concertos have a certain astringency to them, but the idiom is not 'modern' as compared with even Debussy let alone the atonalists, and it remains fairly romantic and comfortable even in such a late work as the Rhapsodic Overture. The performances here can be recommended warmly, and the recorded quality is perfectly good throughout the record.
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