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Carl Nielsen: Orchestral Works / Lance Friedel


Release Date: 10/25/2005 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1150   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Lance Friedel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony OrchestraJutland Opera Chorus members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc offers a convenient way to collect almost all of Carl Nielsen's shorter orchestral works--a touch more than 80 minutes' worth, in what for the most part are very good performances. Certainly the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra knows the music, as does conductor Lance Friedel. His approach is always musical, lively, and intelligent, especially in the Aladdin Suite (here with its wordless chorus), which has plenty of freshness married to a vivid recording that captures the winds and percussion particularly well. The Rhapsodic Overture--An Imaginary Journey to the Faroe Islands also stands out as particularly characterful. Elsewhere there are a few minor issues on the debit side: Saga-Drom tends to drift a little too dreamily, more a Read more matter of rhythm than tempo, and the brass chording in the recurring chorales could be cleaner. Similarly, the Maskarade Overture demands a bit more punch from trumpets and drums, though the strings articulate their scurrying figures clearly and joyously. But all quibbles aside, and taken as a whole, you really can't go wrong with this generously filled collection.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Maskarade, FS 39: Overture by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Lance Friedel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 10/01/2004 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
At the bier of a young artist, FS 58 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Lance Friedel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 10/01/2004 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Helios Overture, FS 32/Op. 17 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Lance Friedel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 10/01/2004 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 12 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Saga-dream, FS 46/Op. 39 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Lance Friedel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 10/01/2004 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Lance Friedel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1918; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 10/01/2004 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6.
An imaginary trip to the Faeroe Islands, FS 123 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Lance Friedel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 10/01/2004 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7.
Bohmisk-dansk folketone, FS 130 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Lance Friedel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 10/01/2004 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Aladdin, Op. 34: Suite by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Lance Friedel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra,  Jutland Opera Chorus members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 10/01/2004 
Venue:  Frichsparken, Aarhus, Denmark 
Length: 24 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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