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Nielsen: Symphonies no 1-3 / Blomstedt, San Francisco PO


Release Date: 10/12/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 460985   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is the first of two Double Decca reissues containing Herbert Blomstedt's justly praised second cycle of the complete Nielsen Symphonies. Disc one of this convenient gatefolding "twofer" contains Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, while Symphony No. 3, the Maskarade Overture, and the highly infectious Alladin Suite (complete with optional wordless chorus) occupy the second disc. Blomstedt directs all three symphonies with just the sort of unfussy naturalness and rhythmic thrust that Nielsen's music demands. They are, one and all, outstanding performances. The Alladin Suite originally was coupled to Blomstedt's equally celebrated account of Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites. Like Grieg, Nielsen distilled his symphonic
Read more suite from a larger body of incidental music. Alladin's colorful melodies and evocative harmonies really do capture the mythical world of the Arabian Nights, and the work deserves to be much better known. Add to this mix the superb playing of the San Francisco Symphony, along with top drawer sonics from Decca, and the result is a Nielsen cycle that earns the highest possible recommendation. --Barry Guerrero, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1892; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 09/1988 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 32 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1902; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 09/1989 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 32 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-1911; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 35 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Aladdin, Op. 34: Suite by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 05/1989 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 25 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5.
Maskarade, FS 39: Overture by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 10/1990 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.7: 1. Allegro orgoglioso
Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.7: 2. Andante
Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.7: 3. Allegro comodo
Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.7: 4. Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No.2, Op.16 - "The Four Temperaments": 1. Allegro collerico
Symphony No.2, Op.16 - "The Four Temperaments": 2. Allegro comodo e flemmatico
Symphony No.2, Op.16 - "The Four Temperaments": 3. Andante malincolico
Symphony No.2, Op.16 - "The Four Temperaments": 4. Allegro sanguineo
Symphony No.3, Op.27 - "Espansiva": 1. Allegro espansivo
Symphony No.3, Op.27 - "Espansiva": 2. Andante pastorale
Symphony No.3, Op.27 - "Espansiva": 3. Allegretto un poco
Symphony No.3, Op.27 - "Espansiva": 4. Finale - Allegro
Maskerade - Opera in three acts: Overture
Aladdin - Concert Suite: 1. Oriental Festive March
Aladdin - Concert Suite: 2. Aladdin's Dream and Dance of the Morning Mist
Aladdin - Concert Suite: 3. Hindu Dance
Aladdin - Concert Suite: 4. Chinese Dance
Aladdin - Concert Suite: 5. The Market Place at Ispahan
Aladdin - Concert Suite: 6. Dance of the Prisoners
Aladdin - Concert Suite: 7. Negro Dance

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