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Nielsen: Symphonies 1 & 6 / Schonwandt, DNSO


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570737   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony OrchestraDanish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Originally released on Dacapo, this was the final installment of Michael Schonwandt's excellent complete Nielsen cycle. The performances are outstanding for their vibrancy and warmth--qualities you would expect in No. 1, but are equally present in the somewhat more acerbic No. 6. True, there's more virtuoso orchestral playing (particularly in No. 6's finale) to be heard from the San Francisco Symphony under a more driven Herbert Blomstedt, but the Danish National Radio Symphony players provide an unforced naturalness that is quite ingratiating. The recording itself has similar qualities--the orchestra placed comfortably in a spacious acoustic with wide dynamic range. These are just the sorts of
Read more performances that debunk the notion, most recently voiced by the New York Times, that "Nielsen is a nice composer: a little north of good, considerably south of great". An important release, made even more attractive by the Naxos price.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1892; Denmark 
Length: 32 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Denmark 
Length: 34 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 7, FS 16: I. Allegro orgoglioso
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 7, FS 16: II. Andante
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 7, FS 16: III. Allegro comodo - Andante sostenuto - Tempo I
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 7, FS 16: IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No. 6, FS 116, "Sinfonia semplice": I. Tempo giusto
Symphony No. 6, FS 116, "Sinfonia semplice": II. Humoreske: Allegretto
Symphony No. 6, FS 116, "Sinfonia semplice": III. Proposta seria: Adagio
Symphony No. 6, FS 116, "Sinfonia semplice": IV. Tema con variazioni

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