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NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Nos. 4, "The Inextinguishable" and 5 (Danish National Radio Symphony, Schonwandt)

Composer(s):Nielsen, Carl
Artist(s) Schonwandt, Michael, Conductor • Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570739
Label Naxos
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The most important Danish composer of the first third of the twentieth century, Carl Nielsen was prolific in almost all genres. The six Symphonies are essentially tonal, emotionally direct works, which alternate long lines of melody with passages of blazing energy. Symphony No. 4, ‘The Inextinguishable’, his most dramatic, conveys ‘the elemental will to live’, while in his Symphony No. 5, written after the 1914–18 war, Nielsen develops new and stronger rhythms and more advanced harmonies. Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 (8.570737) and Nos. 2 and 3 (8.570738) are also available.


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Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2009

The final disc in Michael Schonwandt’s series of Nielsen’s symphonies that were first issued to abundant critical acclaim almost a decade ago. The Fourth and Fifth are the most overtly dramatic of the six symphonies, the Fourth, The Inextinguishable, using two timpanists placed at opposite sides of the orchestra to unleash a barrage of noise in the last movement that gives way to a final affirmation that life will always prevail. In the Fifth it is the side-drum that is instructed to bring conflict, his role unwritten, but charged with disrupting the progress of the symphony. Maybe Schonwandt is not a man for outgoing theatrical gestures, and in both works he looks towards the lyrical aspects of the score. I have to say. in stark contrast to other

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