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Nielsen: Symphony No 2, Etc / Salonen, Swedish Rso


Release Date: 10/10/1990 
Label:  Cbs Masterworks Catalog #: 44934   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony OrchestraSwedish Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Salonen shows nobility and dignity in this eloquent performance of Nielsen.

...In all three pieces [Esa-Pekka Salonen] gets very responsive playing from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra... [I]t is a pleasure to welcome the present well-characterized performance... I rather like Salonen's youthful, impulsive opening [to The Four Temperaments], which plunges us straight into the action, breathless with anger. It is brisker than the rival versions from Chung and Ole Schmidt... Even if he could afford to give himself more space (and he does steady himself a little later), he captures the choleric character perfectly. He also gives an idiomatic account of the second movement, a lazy waltz-movement portraying a phlegmatic
Read more youngster without any apparent care in the world... The most impressive of the four, however, is the melancholic where Salonen shows both nobility and dignity, and secures eloquent and expressive playing from the orchestra... [T]his is without doubt the best thought-out reading of the [Nielsen] cycle and the Stockholm orchestra responds with real enthusiasm... Pan and Syrinx is atmospheric... [T]he Aladdin Suite is imaginatively done and the orchestral playing is excellent. Salonen gets a silky, sensuous quality from the strings and the wind playing is sensitive too. It strikes me as every bit as good as and often superior to Myung-Whun Chung and the Gothenburg orchestra... This issue deserves a warm welcome...

-- Robert Layton, Gramophone [2/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1902; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 32 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1918; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Aladdin, Op. 34: Suite by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 23 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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