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Nielsen: Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Schmidt, London SO

Nielsen / London Symphony Orchestra / Schmidt
Release Date: 06/04/2013 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1236   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Ole Schmidt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These analogue sessions are quite simply magnificent and I am hard put to criticise the sound and the artistic approach, even now, some four decades later. If you are interested in the present two symphonies then there is no real reason for you to go looking elsewhere.

The heavenly bodies must have been in a perfect alignment during those Auger sessions because the sound is natural yet virile. I say this whether the score is at full tilt or is quietly rhapsodising as in the second movement of the Fourth. Tension is tightly sustained in the opening of the Fifth Symphony. As I have said previously, the Fifth is humanity to the Fourth's nature and it is given a wonderful outing by Schmidt. Listen to how well he terraces the
Read more dynamic contours and echoing terrain in the first movement! In the radiant adagio the horns bell out in unblushing glory (tr. 6 2:20). The imprecations of the side-drum are rapped out in all their finally impotent malevolence.

It’s such a pity that we did not get more from the fiery Schmidt – parallels here with another awkward cuss conductor wisely favoured by Alto’s sister label, Musical Concepts: Wyn Morris in his Beethoven cycle. Schmidt can be heard inexpensively on Regis in truly inspiriting accounts of Borodin 2 and Sibelius 5 (also Alto). Not to be missed – do not be put off by the low price. Only Chung on Bis comes anywhere near when it comes to Nielsen.

The liner-note is a fine thing with a useful article on Ole Schmidt (1928-2010) and the music is profiled with David Dougherty having re-edited the original Regis essay.

– Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Ole Schmidt
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1973-74 
Venue:  St. Giles Cripplegate Church, London, En 
Length: 34 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 5, Op. 50 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Ole Schmidt
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1973-74 
Venue:  St. Giles Cripplegate Church, London, En 
Length: 19 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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