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1. Ov To 'Maskarade'
2. Con Op.57
3. Sym No.3 Op.27: Allegro Espansivo
4. Sym No.3 Op.27: Andante Pastorale
5. Sym No.3 Op.27: Allegretto Un Poco
6. Sym No.3 Op.27: Finale. Allegro

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
out of this world 24 July 2002
By Matthew D Kerr - Published on Amazon.com
This CD is mindblowing. Every minute of every piece -- the clarinet concerto, maskarade overture, and 3rd symphony -- is brilliantly executed, but what comes across the most is just Nielsen's sheer genius and the consistently inspired level of his writing. I am gradually coming to the conclusion that this was the greatest composer of symphonies after Beethoven. Above all he speeds back up the process of "symphonic thought", which had slowed down remarkably after the classics. He has the hair-raising power of Bruckner, he thinks big and draws you in like Mahler, he is 100% more modern and more positive than either of these composers, and actually I think may have more invention. There is nothing remotely academic about his music yet it has *easily* as great a grasp of counterpoint as anybody's. None of his symphonies even seem to sound remotely similar. I have heard quite a few interpretations and I can recommend, say, Kubelik's Nielsen 5th, but I think the Chung versions may actually be the best. Parts of the first movement of the 3rd symphony (on this disk) sound like Shostakovich, and it was written in 1910. Fantastic.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Simply Great Nielsen 9 Oct. 2002
By Variety in Music - Published on Amazon.com
I've been listening to Nielsen for a number of years but only recently heard this CD. It's the best performance of the 3rd I've ever heard--powerful outer movements and a soaring, lyrical Pastorale unmatched by almost anyone else. Chung is a natural in this music and the orchestra and recording are great. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A dark horse in the race for the best "Espansiva" 22 Jan. 2013
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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A Korean conducting Nielsen? It's a tribute to the all-around musicianship of the young Myung-whun Chung that he leads one of the most convincing versions ofSym. 3 after Bernstein's. The Danes have monopolized the Nielsen discography, with nods to Finland and Sweden, yet if you set Chung's "Espansiva" next to those from Berglund, Blomstedt, the recent Gilbert, and even the much-lauded Schonwandt, he finds more in the symphony's episodic moods than any of them. The whole work is permeated with a rare joy for a twentieth-century symphony, and Chung captures its bursting-at-the-seams jollity while knowing when to suddenly shift gears into tender, dreamy, and graceful music-making.

The album as a whole also makes for a satisfying all-Nielsen program. The overture to Nielsen's opera, Maskarade, should be played far more often. It's as rollicking as Ruslan and Ludmilla or Shostakovich's Festive Over., and Chung attacks it with exuberance. It's a drawback that the recorded sound, rare for BIS, is squeaky and out of balance, with the trumpets miked too close and the strings too far back. Nor is the Gothenburg orchestra, never one of my favorites, doing its best - this is pretty scrappy playing.

Things improve with the ebullient clarinet concerto, another work that should be played more often. Nielsen invented some new sounds for the instrument (such as a repeated deedle-deedle-deedle that's like a droll chortle), and he makes constant use of the snare drum, which is also prominent in the Fifth Sym It's too bad that the same melodic motif comes back too often, and there's more than a little aimlessness after the excellent first movement. Even so, clarinetist Olle Schill brings out the perky, mischievous side of the concerto better than anyone else I've heard.

The whole Chung cycle on BIS is worth exploring. He is a much underrated conductor on this side of the Atlantic, and he turns up with some surprising recordings outside his main repertoire, which is French.
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