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Nielsen: Concertos, Orchestral Works / Blomstedt


Release Date: 10/14/1997 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 69758   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Arve TellefsenFrantz LemmserKjell-Inge Stevensson
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Violin Concerto has, in some hands, seemed a somewhat lightweight work, but this simply is not so. True, there’s lots of good tunes, felicitous orchestration, a dazzling cadenza in the first movement, and a sense of fun in the finale and all this can make one forget what a tightly constructed work it actually is. Tellefsen is a lyrical player and he is a perfect soloist for this work, making the music sing and dance, without using it as an overt showpiece. It’s a fine interpretation and Blomstedt directs a straightforward, if somewhat stolid, accompaniment.

After writing the Wind Quintet, for the Copenhagen Wind Quintet, Nielsen decided to compose a concerto for each of the players, reflecting the personalities of the
Read more performers, but only achieved the two recorded here before his untimely death. The Flute Concerto is one of his happiest inspirations, written for Holger-Gilbert Jespersen, who recorded it with the Danish Radio Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Jensen, in the 1950s (DECCA LXT 2979), who had a love of French music, this work, despite having no French connections whatsoever, is full of gallic charm and wit – especially the pitting of the aristocratic flute against the coarse bass trombone. Lemmser plays the work well, and manages to express monstrous outrage each time the trombone interrupts his musings.

The Clarinet Concerto is a much more difficult work. Written for Aage Oxenvad, and, again, intended to express his temperament, this is a work of revolt, with a prominent part for side drum. In one movement, the music moves through moments of drama, pathos, storm and stress, it’s not an easy listen and only very slowly lets you into its own unique world. Stevensson isn’t always quite at home with the music but he makes a good job of a very difficult part, he’s especially good in the tortured music, where he seems to be screaming for his life. Blomstedt is at his best here, encouraging the orchestra to join in the struggle and really fight for what they believe in... There’s much to enjoy here, so please do enjoy it!

-- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International
reviewing the Concertos previously reissued as part of EMI 2068822
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin, Op. 33 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Arve Tellefsen (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Denmark 
2.
Concerto for Flute, FS 119 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Frantz Lemmser (Flute)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Denmark 
3.
Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Kjell-Inge Stevensson (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Denmark 
4.
Symphonic Rhapsody in F major, FS 7 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; Denmark 
5.
Helios Overture, FS 32/Op. 17 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Denmark 
6.
Saga-dream, FS 46/Op. 39 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; Denmark 
7.
Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1918; Denmark 
8.
An imaginary trip to the Faeroe Islands, FS 123 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Denmark 

Sound Samples

Symphony Rhapsody (1997 Digital Remaster)
Helios Overture, Op. 17 (1997 Digital Remaster)
Saga Drom, Op. 39 (The Dream of Gunnar) (1997 Digital Remaster)
Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (1997 Digital Remaster): Praeludium - Largo
Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (1997 Digital Remaster): Allegro cavalleresco
Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (1997 Digital Remaster): Poco adagio
Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (1997 Digital Remaster): Rondo (Allegretto scherzando)
Pan Og Syrinx, Op. 49 (1997 Digital Remaster)
Flute Concerto (1997 Digital Remaster): I - Allegro moderato
Flute Concerto (1997 Digital Remaster): II - Allegretto
Rhapsodie Overture "An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Islands" (1997 Digital Remaster)
Clarinet Concerto, Op 57 (1997 Digital Remaster): Allegretto un poco - Poco adagio - Allegro non troppo - Adagio - Allegro vivace

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