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NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2, "The 4 Temperaments" and 3, "Sinfonia espansiva" (Danish National Radio Symphony, Schonwandt)

Composer(s):Nielsen, Carl
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570738
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


The most important Danish composer of the first third of the twentieth century, Carl Nielsen was prolific in almost all genres. Dissociating himself strongly from Late Romanticism, Nielsen orientated himself increasingly towards the new currents in European music without any time abandoning his very personal and idiosyncratic style. The Six Symphonies, which become increasingly adventurous as the cycle progresses, are essentially tonal, emotionally direct works, which alternate long lines of melody with passages of blazing energy. The idea of writing a symphony based on the Four Temperaments – The Choleric, The Sanguine, The Melancholic, and The Phlegmatic, came to Nielsen when he saw a primitive peasant painting in a village inn. The title of the Third Symphony,



Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2008

Much acclaimed Nielsen cycle from the Danish National Symphony conducted by Michael Schonwandt has now reached the Second and Third Symphonies. They are conceived with a Brucknerian strength some way removed from that rugged might and cold wind that blows through Naxos’s previous recordings from the National Symphony Orchestra Ireland whose rough-hewn vigour has its many admirers. Schonwandt’s brass are mellow, the strings warm and fulsome, his tempos unhurried, and where you want to feel a shudder of excitement, he brings the feeling of fulfillment. He is very persuasive in the long flowing lines of the Third, the Danish woodwind refined and elegant, while the two singers, Inger Dam-Jensen and Poul Elming, are outstanding in their wordless and distant vocalising in the



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