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Nielsen: Symphonies 3 & 5 / Bernstein

Release Date: 06/22/1993 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 47598   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Ruth GuldbaekNiels Moller
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Danish OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

They're still talking about Bernstein's "Espansiva" in Denmark, and with good reason. While better known for his Mahler, Bernstein's advocacy of Nielsen arguably achieved just as much, alerting music lovers beyond Denmark of a composer of international stature. Not all of Bernstein's Nielsen was equally good. His Second and Fourth symphonies are nowhere near as fine as these two, which are stunning. The "Espansiva" has all of the openhearted warmth that Nielsen requires. Bernstein's tempo in the finale is a touch slow, but grand and celebratory. The sonics were good for their day, and they still sound well.

Bernstein's reading of the Fifth is also magnificent. For sheer excitement it has never been
Read more surpassed, particularly in the second movement, which is wildly uninhibited and urgent. In the first movement, outstanding work from the solo clarinet meets a pretty terrifying snare drum cadenza at the climax. Only the sonics, which relegate the timpani to the rear of--somewhere--let the show down a bit, but the drive and communicativeness of the music-making ultimately win the day. This is a great recording, plain and simple, now available "on demand" from Arkivmusic.com.

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

Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva" by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Ruth Guldbaek (Soprano), Niels Moller (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Danish Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-1911; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Odd Fellow Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 37 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Symphony no 5, Op. 50 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 04/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 33 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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