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Nielsen Orchestral Works CD

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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2008)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0018OAP6G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tempo Giusto (1994 Digital Remaster;)Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra11:41Album Only
Listen  2. Adagio Non Troppo (1994 Digital Remaster;)Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 9:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Allegro (1994 Digital Remaster;)Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 6:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Presto (1994 Digital Remaster;)Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Andante Poco Tranquillo (1994 Digital Remaster;)Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Allegro (1994 Digital Remaster;)Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (1997 Digital Remaster): Praeludium - LargoArve Tellefsen/Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 6:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (1997 Digital Remaster): Allegro cavallerescoArve Tellefsen/Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra12:48Album Only
Listen  9. Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (1997 Digital Remaster): Poco adagioArve Tellefsen/Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 6:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (1997 Digital Remaster): Rondo (Allegretto scherzando)Arve Tellefsen/Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra11:04Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Flute Concerto (1997 Digital Remaster): I - Allegro moderatoFrantz Lemsser/Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra11:28Album Only
Listen  2. Flute Concerto (1997 Digital Remaster): II - AllegrettoFrantz Lemsser/Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 7:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Clarinet Concerto, Op 57 (1997 Digital Remaster): Allegretto un poco - Poco adagio - Allegro non troppo - Adagio - Allegro vivaceKjell-Inge Stevenson/Ib Jarlkov/Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra25:36Album Only
Listen  4. Wind Quintet in A major, Op.43 (2001 Digital Remaster): I Allegro ben moderatoMelos Ensemble 8:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wind Quintet in A major, Op.43 (2001 Digital Remaster): II MenuetMelos Ensemble 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wind Quintet in A major, Op.43 (2001 Digital Remaster): III Praeludium (Adagio) - Tema con variazioni (Un poco andantino)Melos Ensemble10:59Album Only

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 April 2010
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Blomstedt is well known for his Nielsen, having recorded the symphonies twice over, to good and great effect, but it is still kind of shocking that EMI refrain from putting Rafael Kubelik's name on the front cover; especially given that a Nielsen recording from the great Czech conductor - surely much more famous generally than Blomstedt - is a discographical rarity.

Kubelik presides over a rather grand performance of the Fifth Symphony live in Copenhagen that, although broader than others, has a weight, a feeling of seriousness and maybe highmindedness that is normally masked, damped down by Nielsen's customary jocularity. It certainly receives enthusiastic applause from the Danes at the end. It must have been a special occasion (I think they were giving him an award).

The concertos, all conducted by Blomstedt, are available elsewhere with other couplings. They are all very good, idiomatic performances, as is the Melos Ensemble's Quintet. Together, these discs, well recorded, represent a very good investment at the price.

UPDATE (04/2014): I don't think I made the point with sufficient strength: Kubelik's Nielsen 5 is awesome. The Blomstedt Concerto recordings are filler, dwarfed by the Czech's insights into what is surely Nielsen's greatest work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Kubelik's powerful 5th, along with concertos & wind quintet 29 Jan 2010
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This live performance of Nielsen's 5th Symphony from 1983, with Rafael Kubelik leading the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, is one for the ages, definitely one of the best 5ths of all. Oddly, EMI doesn't even put Kubelik's name on the cover of this disc, the Nielsen entry in its 20th Century Classics budget line. This stunning performance underscores the possibility for creative interpretation that great conductors always bring to a score. Like Furtwangler's idiosyncratic but gripping, organic live Beethoven, or Celibidache's oceanic live Bruckner, Kubelik takes Nielsen's 5th substantially slower than most, but rather than losing energy manages to ramp it up and drive home its passion. Blomstedt's quicker San Francisco performance and Rozhdestvensky's fine performance with the Stockholm orchestra (see my review) are both superb, but Kubelik brings out something undeniably powerful that these others miss. Nielsen's 5th Symphony is considered by some to be the greatest symphony of the 20th century. Personally I would have to go with Shostakovich's 5th or 8th, but it is a great symphony, of that there is no doubt.

Nielsen's "Violin Concerto" rounds out Disc One, with Arve Tellefsen on violin and Herbert Blomstedt leading the DRSO. It is a fine performance, though I still prefer Maxim Vengerov with Daniel Barenboim and the CSO. Disc Two features woodwinds, with the "Flute Concerto" and "Clarinet Concerto," both standard repertoire pieces, and the charming neo-baroque "Wind Quintet," a 1967 recording of the Melos Ensemble. The concertos feature Blomstedt and the DRSO, recorded in 1975, with Frantz Lemmser on flute and Kjell-Inge Stevensson on clarinet. I have not heard alternative versions of these pieces, (for instance a recent recording by Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic but both are quite fine. The "Clarinet Concerto" is surprisingly wild for Nielsen, a dramatic showcase for the clarinet.

The three concertos are the same 1975 recordings recently included in the EMI Gemini 2-disc set, and that itself was a reissue. That set, though, includes five short orchestral works instead of the 5th Symphony and Wind Quintet. The Kubelik 5th, on the other hand, does not seem to have been available any time recently, perhaps never on CD, and was retrieved from deep in the EMI vaults. It is the real prize of this set!
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