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Nielsen: Symphonies 1-6 [Box set]

Herbert Blomstedt Audio CD
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Herbert Blomstedt, 86 years young, is now regarded as one of the last torch bearers of the great Austro-Germanic tradition. He has served as principal conductor of the two oldest great German orchestras, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

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  • Orchestra: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Composer: Carl Nielsen
  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2007)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000UZ4EX4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in G minor FS16 (Op. 7) (1994 Digital Remaster): Allegro orgogliosoHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 9:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in G minor FS16 (Op. 7) (1994 Digital Remaster): AndanteHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 7:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in G minor FS16 (Op. 7) (1994 Digital Remaster): Allegro comodoHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 9:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in G minor FS16 (Op. 7) (1994 Digital Remaster): Allegro con fuocoHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 9:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2, '(The) Four Temperaments' FS29 (Op. 16) (1994 Digital Remaster): Allegro collericoDanish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt 9:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 2, '(The) Four Temperaments' FS29 (Op. 16) (1994 Digital Remaster): Allegro comodo e flemmaticoDanish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 2, '(The) Four Temperaments' FS29 (Op. 16) (1994 Digital Remaster): Andante malincolicoDanish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt11:56Album Only
Listen  8. Symphony No. 2, '(The) Four Temperaments' FS29 (Op. 16) (1994 Digital Remaster): Allegro sanguineoDanish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt 7:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bohmisk-dansk folketone FS130 (1994 Digital Remaster)Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 7:29£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 3, 'Sinfonia espansiva' FS60 (Op. 27) (1995 Digital Remaster): Allegro espansivoHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Kirsten Schultz/Peter Rasmussen11:02Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 3, 'Sinfonia espansiva' FS60 (Op. 27) (1995 Digital Remaster): Andante pastoraleHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Kirsten Schultz/Peter Rasmussen 9:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 3, 'Sinfonia espansiva' FS60 (Op. 27) (1995 Digital Remaster): Allegretto un pocoHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Kirsten Schultz/Peter Rasmussen 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 3, 'Sinfonia espansiva' FS60 (Op. 27) (1995 Digital Remaster): Finale (Allegro)Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Kirsten Schultz/Peter Rasmussen 8:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 4, '(The) inextinguishable' FS76 (Op. 29) (1995 Digital Remaster): AllegroHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra11:43Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 4, '(The) inextinguishable' FS76 (Op. 29) (1995 Digital Remaster): Poco allegrettoHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 4, '(The) inextinguishable' FS76 (Op. 29) (1995 Digital Remaster): Poco adagio quasi andanteHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 9:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 4, '(The) inextinguishable' FS76 (Op. 29) (1995 Digital Remaster): AllegroHerbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 8:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. At the bier of a young artist (Ved en ung kunstners baare) FS58 (1975 Digital Remaster)Herbert Blomstedt/Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 5 FS97, Op. 50 (1996 Digital Remaster): Tempo giusto -Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt10:32Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 5 FS97, Op. 50 (1996 Digital Remaster): Adagio non troppoDanish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt 9:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 5 FS97, Op. 50 (1996 Digital Remaster): Allegro -Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 5 FS97, Op. 50 (1996 Digital Remaster): Allegro -Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 5 FS97, Op. 50 (1996 Digital Remaster): Andante un poco tranquillo -Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 5 FS97, Op. 50 (1996 Digital Remaster): AllegroDanish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 6, 'Sinfonia semplice' FS116 (1996 Digital Remaster): I Tempo giustoDanish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt13:52Album Only
Listen  8. Symphony No. 6, 'Sinfonia semplice' FS116 (1996 Digital Remaster): II Humoreske (Allegretto)Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No. 6, 'Sinfonia semplice' FS116 (1996 Digital Remaster): III Proposta seria (Adagio)Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt 6:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Symphony No. 6, 'Sinfonia semplice' FS116 (1996 Digital Remaster): IV Tema con variazioni: AdagioDanish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt11:12Album Only


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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
By Colin Fortune VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
These Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra recordings by Blomstedt appeared at about the same time as the Unicorn recordings under Ole Schmidt, now reissued on Regis Nielsen - Complete Symphonies for a few pounds more. Both sets are really good, the present one having just a little more music on it than the Schmidt and also a little more depth to the sound. This has to be one of the best value symphony sets and is an ideal introduction to the symphonies of this great Danish composer. Oddly, only the Scandiavian countries and the British and Americans seem to have taken to Carl Nielsen: but whereas concerts in Britain are relatively rare they are almost non-existent in places like France and Germany! This is a great shame.

The symphonies were written between 1898 and 1926 with perhaps the most obvious high point being the 4th ("The Inextinguishable") of 1914 and the great 5th of 1922. Whereas the earlier symphonies were depictions of emotional states (see especially the 2nd "The Four Temperaments") these two symphonies are huge dramas where the positive life-force triumphs over negativity.

The final movement of the 4th is hugely exciting with two sets of timpani placed on opposite sides of the sound stage, hammering to and fro and attacking the gathering exultation of the music; and the first movement of the 5th has a remarkable part where the side-drum player (banging out the "evil" and disruptive rhythm) is instructed to interrupt and stop the flow of the music at all costs! Needless to say the resultant battle is eventually won by full orchestra at one of the most thrilling climaxes in 20th Century music.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nielsen symphonies in classic analogue sound 13 Jun 2009
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This set is a real bargain, and self-recommending. The performances make for an interesting contrast with Blomstedt's later Nielsen cycle with the San Francisco orchestra. Those are slicker, but somehow less idiomatic. The stand-out performance here, as noted elsewhere, is the vibrant, life-affirming 4th, which is quite magnificent. The remaining symphonies are never less than satisfying, although the 5th is a tad disjoint at time.

But, the sound... I still have the 35-year old vinyl, which I could never enjoy fully because of iffy surfaces. This CD set sounds spookily similar, testifying to an excellent transfer to the digital domain. It sounds simply superb, a very natural, well balanced orchestral sound with palpable hall presence, hair-raising dynamic range and boot-down-the-back-wall stage depth. It's now revealed to be the best sounding Nielsen symphonic set, bar none. Blomstedt's later Decca Digital cycle sounds just awful by comparison. Well, such is progress...

Buy it, you won't be sorry.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great symphonic cycle 11 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
Having now completed my listening experience of this whole symphonic cycle by Neilsen, I am absolutely pleased with all the performances here on this bargin box set from EMI. These stereo sound recordings were made between 1973 and 1975,sound as good if not better than many a digital recording these days, which is important given the dynamic ranges these symphonies require. The beauty of a set like this, is that you can follow the symphonic developments of Neilsen from his late-Romantic symphonies like 1-3 and onto the later modernist neo-Classical symphonies 4-6, but even so there are still some moments of Dvorakian sunshine, particulary in the first movement of Symphony no 6. The last 3 symphonies also show an increasing use of percussion to add power to the musical arguements to produce music that is both thought provoking and exciting. The symphonies were writtten between 1898 and 1926 with the First World War having an impact on the change of musical direction starting with Symphony 4. There are also 2 short orchestral pieces of which the Bohemiam-Danish Folk Tunes, still shows some Romantic tendancies, even though it was written in 1928. This orchestra and conductor offer great perfomances of all the works here and get close to the heart of the music. In the past on the EMI Forte label there was a double set containing the concertos and other smaller works like Helios and An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Isles by the same forces, these recordings made around the mid seventies are also worth buying, as the performances are just as good. Thank you again to Amazon and your amazing musical directory, in stocking such worthwhile composer sets like this one and again for offerng a very effective delivery service.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Danes playing a Dane 27 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
I discovered this music rather recently. Actually I got caught by the timpani duel in the fourth symphony...
In the Blomstedt & Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra recording I have found my recording.
Blomstedt is one of my fav conductors (just listen to his recording of the Beethoven symphonies), and in this music he is fully at home. He balances drama and relaxation in an excellent way. He gives full space for the music, without any extremes. And he can fully rely on the Danish Radio SO. They KNOW this music. This gives the recording a feeling of being fully mature.
The San Fransisco orchestra that Blomstedt have worked with in his other recording of these symphonies might be a bit more extrovert, and it's actually a matter of taste which orchestra you prefer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 12 days ago by Mossmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning ....grab it while you can!
sometimes there is no point in going into details. Overall verdict, stunning...I also have the Blomstedt San Francisco disc of 1 & 6... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bill Glen
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique music
Great symphonies - Nielsen gives colours which are pastel shades in the music and every symphony captivates. Not the norm but a must have.
Published 10 months ago by John Pearce-Haydon
4.0 out of 5 stars Nielsen Symphonies
Not the best set but if you are new to Nielsen this is a great place to start. Performances are goo, in general, and very good in places.
Published 11 months ago by John Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine workmanlike recording
I bought this collection as a result of reading the other reviews. I had a vynil recording of the 5th Symphony conducted by Jascha Horenstein and I had nearly worn that out. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Julian Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced performances
I found that all 6 of the Symphonies were delivered in a well balanced manner. The tempi were well considered throughout, the conductor appreared to have a great empathy with the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by R G Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars The best recording of all six symphonies
This has for long been the favorite recording among the critics. I can see why. The performances of all the symphonies are excellent under the baton of Herbert Blomstedt, a match... Read more
Published 15 months ago by John HOLLAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Budget Choice
I also have Blomstedts record with the San Francisco Orchestra, which is considerably more expensive complete. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James Atkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value for Money
This set of Nielsen symphonies offers an excellent value for money. Symhony No.4, arguably the most popular symphony of the Danish composer, receives an outstanding performance. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by Ali Tigrel
4.0 out of 5 stars STATE OF DENMARK
When choosing recordings of Nielsen for my own collection I tend to home in on Danish offerings, and if I do that on my own account I suppose I should give similar advice to other... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by DAVID BRYSON
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