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  • Audio CD (13 Jan 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00007JGRF
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 5, "Paa Sjolunds fagre sletter": I. Moderato con moto - Allegro energico - Con piu motoDanish National Radio Symphony Orchestra 9:36Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 5, "Paa Sjolunds fagre sletter": II. Scherzo: Allegro risoluto quasi presto - Meno allegro - Tempo I - Meno allegro - Tempo I - Meno allegro - PrestoDanish National Radio Symphony Orchestra 5:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 5, "Paa Sjolunds fagre sletter": III. Andantino graziosoDanish National Radio Symphony Orchestra 8:47Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 5, "Paa Sjolunds fagre sletter": IV. Finale: Molto allegro ma con fuoco - Molto marcatoDanish National Radio Symphony Orchestra 7:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 25: I. Allegro con fuocoRonald Brautigam 8:43Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 25: II. Andante sostenutoRonald Brautigam 6:28£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 25: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto vivaceRonald Brautigam 4:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 25: IV. Finale: Andante con moto - Allegro vivaceRonald Brautigam 7:38£0.59  Buy MP3 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christian Bjoernskov on 10 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
Niels Gade was highly respected by such notable contemporaries as Schumann and Mendelssohn. On Mendelssohn's invitation, he brought his first symphony to Leipzig to ravishing reviews and success. Hearing this recording of the work with Christopher Hogwood and the DNRSO, one can only wonder why Gade has been neglected for so many years. As so much of Gade's music, it is inspired by Schumann and Mendelssohn. The first movement is full of superbly conceived drama, inspired by a Danish tale, a motif that runs through the entire symphony, coming to a conclusion in the last movement of almost Mendelssohnian elegance. Yet, the work cannot be mistaken for Mendelssohn, Schumann or any other contemporary composer; Gade has a Nordic quality that is all his own.
In addition to the first symphony, buyers also get Gade's fifth symphony, which is a work unlike any other I know, as it has piano obligato. That is, the piano forms an integral part of the orchestra. The work, which was a wedding gift to Gade's wife, is reminiscent of Mendelssohn in its elegant flow of charming ideas and details. Although it may seem lightweight compared to the grand first symphony, this work conveys the joy that any wedding should celebrate.
Throughout, Hogwood pays attention to both detail and the grand lines of the works. What is more, the playing of the Danish orchestra is toprate with real warmth in the strings, solid brass and a woodwind ensemble of extraordinary quality. This is a real find, if one is looking for music of a forgotten equal of the leading composers of the mid-1800s.
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Forgotten Danish Gems 30 Aug 2007
By Joshua Grasso - Published on
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Brilliant, brilliant music. Gade exists in the sound world of Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Schumann, and Grieg, and yet to say this really doesn't say much about his music. He is closest to Mendelssohn in sound and in his classical demeanor, yet he can be brilliantly rhapsodic, indulging in melody after gorgeous melody swathed in immaculate (yet transparent, never thick) orchestration. This disc represents him at his best--perhaps his two greatest symphonies, each one a little more colorful and imaginative than musical history would give him credit for.

The First Symphony brims over with folk melodies and a real sense of sweep and drama. The first movement echoes (ha) the Echoes of Ossian overture, with a rousing chorale played several times that suggests the strains of an epic ballad. It's an exciting movement, cut from the same cloth as Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony, but a little more daring in places (Gade was a young man when he wrote this, and takes a young man's risks). The scherzo and slow movement are lovely and less volatile, while the finale is short and fiery--a triumphant march to victory. Everything in the symphony is catchy and replays repeated listening.

The Fifth Symphony, remarkably, is even better, and features the novel touch of adding piano accompaniment (never a concerto, but it offers concertante embellishments). The first movement is haunting, with a melody that may be the best he ever penned; the use of the piano with this melody is sheer genius. It evokes something of the mood of Schumann's slow movement from Symphony No.4. A gorgeous, gentle slow movement and quicksilver scherzo follow, and then a truly expansive finale. Only a first-rate mind could imagine and set this symphony to music, and Gade is the genuine article. These symphonies should be at least as well known as Nielsen's early works, and more so than anything Grieg ever wrote for the orchestra (Piano Concerto excluded). There's no risk taking here--if you like the era you will adore these works.

Hogwood plays the music with extreme commitment and allows the orchestra to really dig into this rare repertoire. I also have the set with Symphonies 3 and 6, which I've reviewed. Neither symphony is quite at the level of these works, though No.6 comes close. They are well worth a listen after getting to know these near-masterpieces.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Danish music. 1 July 2003
By L. Riffel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A tragically overlooked composer, Gade may be considered Denmark's greatest musical export. Although all his symphonies are good, I recommend his 5th Symphony above the rest, as it almost wants to be a piano concerto at times with some of the most lyrical themes I've heard in this particular genre. The first and third movements are particularly beautiful. Now go enjoy some fine Danish music. Sköl!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good performances of rewarding music 6 Jan 2010
By G.D. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Chandos has recorded Gade's first symphony before, in a very good performance conducted by Kitaenko. While I think this one, with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Christopher Hogwood, doesn't quite surpass the older release it is still a very satisfying conclusion to Hogwood's cycle. An interesting thing about Gade's compositional career is that the older works are fresher and more imaginative than the music he wrote later in life, and the first is probably the best of his eight symphonies - there is a certain spirit and energy to it that he never seems to have recaptured. Hogwood's approach is lively and quite fast, and the orchestral players respond magnificently, but it might, perhaps, lack just a little bit in atmosphere.

The fifth is still a pretty good work, although the inclusion of a piano obbligato is a little questionable (it works extremely well in the finale, but in the remainder the piano seems a little out of place); I have no concerns regarding Brautigam's brilliant, virtuosic playing, however, and the orchestra whips up lots of energy and spirit. Stylistically, both works are rather Mendelssohnian, but Gade had a knack for coming up with a good tune and develop it with imagination and skill. Presented in very good sound, this is a very attractive release if perhaps not an essential addition - you'll need a performance of the first symphony, but here Hogwood doesn't overshadow his competitors. Nevertheless, a firm recommendation.
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