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Nielsen: Complete Symphonies Box set


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  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Composer: Nielsen
  • Audio CD (27 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B008E8XTZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 7: Allegro OrgogliosoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 9:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 7: AndanteJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 8:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 7: Allegro ComodoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 7:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 7: Finale, Allegro con FuocoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 8:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments": Allegro CollericoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 8:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments": Allegro comodo E FlemmaticoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments": Andante MalincolicoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar12:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments": Allegro SanguinosoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 6:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia Espansiva": Allegro EspansivoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar11:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia Espansiva": Andante PastoraleJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 9:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia Espansiva": Allegretto un PocoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 6:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia Espansiva": Finale, AllegroJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 9:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 "The Inextinguishable": AllegroJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar11:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 "The Inextinguishable": Poco AllegrettoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 "The Inextinguishable": Poco adagio quasi AndanteJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 9:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 "The Inextinguishable": AllegroJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 8:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Symphony No. 5, Op. 50: Tempo GiustoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar18:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Symphony No. 5, Op. 50: AllegroJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar16:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Semplice": Tempo GiustoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar13:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Semplice": Humoreske, AllegrettoJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Semplice": Proposta Seria, AdagioJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar 6:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Semplice": Theme & VariationsJaná?ek Philharmonic Orchestra & Theodore Kuchar10:53£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra - Theodore Kuchar, direction

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Oct 2012
Format: Audio CD
Whilst it's avialble grab this whilst you can.

I was intrigued by the positive reviews for this box set; not to mention the bargain price. I read David Hurwitz's review on "Classics Today" suggesting these were all but definitive performances but let down by a lack of orchestral quality, which shows, apparently, when the orchestra fails to provide impact at key moments. I've listened to these recordings enough times to hear that the players are not letting the side down. Nonetheless, he has a point, which I'll come to.

As they say; "don't judge a book by its cover". This is incredibly cheap so you'd be forgiven for not taking it seriously - but the sleeve notes are good and the the contents are a fine vintage indeed. Don't let the provincial name and cheap box set appearance fool you. The orchestra sound quite refined: typically Czech. They sound breathtakingly beautiful at times finding new details I've not previously noticed. Theodore Kuchar's interpretations are carefully weighted and let the music's drama speak for itself. There isn't a weak performance in the set. These performances prove that Nielsen doesn't need any hard, confrontational Anglo-Saxon or Danish reserve to make their point. They're all great works - yes all six of them.

As for the performances and interpretations: they show real maturity on behalf of both orchestra and conductor. Like the best Danish ensembles, the temptation to simply attack in the louder parts of the Fourth and Fifth are resisted in favour of musicality. One point, however, where a bit more attack would have helped would have been in the final peroration of the Fifth, where the strings are a bit too polite sounding: The same is true in the Finale of the Fourth.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Respectable too-fast competitor 23 Oct 2013
By Firebrand - Published on Amazon.com
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Kuchar's Nielsen cycle has earned loud and glowing praise. David Hurwitz proclaimed it as "without a doubt the most exciting complete Nielsen cycle available". But Hurwitz, never to be fully trusted, also said something similar about Michael Schonwandt's. He also proclaims this set "the one to get for newcomers". Considering superior competition, I say not necessarily.

This is decent Nielsen set, but "the most exciting available" is a stretch. One of the most "excitable", certainly. Positives: It is tight, lean, muscular, and, yes, often exciting. The lesser-known orchestra plays with commitment and energy. Not so positive: Kuchar's reads are centrist and abrupt, and tempos are quick, often bypassing many opportunities for expression. This is an unfortunate and strange characteristic shared by many "gotta go fast" Nielsen interpreters including Blomstedt, Chung, and Vanska. On the other hand, the many listeners who like fast, tight Nielsen may find Kuchar appealing.

The First has the fewest problems, and the Third is not bad. The Fifth is the most disappointing. What should be a cataclysm is a jaunty march of toy soldiers.

Overall, my subjective view is that Kuchar's set is a competitor. There are fine and promising moments, but the cycles of Schonwandt, Bernstein, Rozhdestvensky, Thomson, Berglund, Schmidt, and one-off recordings of the likes of Horenstein and Stokowski are considerably stronger.

The super bargain price, perhaps this set's most appealing feature, is hard to resist.
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