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Carl Nielsen - The Masterworks Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music

Nielsen / Danish National Sym Orch / Dausgaard
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8206002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Thomas DausgaardMichael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony OrchestraDanish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set contains 4 CDs and 2 DVDs.


Everyone has their favorite individual performances of the major Nielsen symphonies, but on balance Michael Schonwandt's cycle remains the most consistently excellent available. It has no weak links at all, and is expertly recorded. It has been variously available on Dacapo and, later, on Naxos, but here it comes repackaged with two DVDs featuring the same forces in live performances of the same works. I leave it to you to decide if the live versions are better than the recordings; it's nice to have both.

The disc of orchestral works, containing a selection of overtures (including Maskarade, Helios, Cupid and the Poet, and An Imaginary
Read more Journey to the Faeroe Islands), incidental music (Snefrid and others), and the tone poem Pan and Syrinx, with Thomas Dausgaard conducting, was and remains the finest recording of these works yet issued. It is stunning in every respect. If you haven't yet heard these performances, then this set will be a mandatory acquisition, particularly if you want to get a big chunk of Nielsen in a single shot.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Maskarade, FS 39: Overture by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; Denmark 
2.
Maskarade, FS 39: Dance of the Cockerels by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; Denmark 
3.
Snefrid, FS 17: Suite by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; Denmark 
4.
An imaginary trip to the Faeroe Islands, FS 123 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Denmark 
5.
Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1918; Denmark 
6.
Amor og Digteren, FS 150/Op. 54: Overture by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Denmark 
7.
Helios Overture, FS 32/Op. 17 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Denmark 
8.
Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 7 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1892; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 34 Minutes 0 Secs. 
9.
Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1902; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 33 Minutes 44 Secs. 
10.
Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-1911; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 37 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 36 Minutes 28 Secs. 
12.
Symphony no 5, Op. 50 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 11/1999 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 38 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13.
Symphony no 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 34 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Superb bargain September 12, 2012 By L. ACKERMAN (ASHBURN, VA) See All My Reviews "This is a marvellous offer. Even though I already have three of these discs in their original release, I purchased it tempted by its value and curious by those mentioned extra 2DVD discs, whose details are somewhat passed-by by sellers (as a consequence, perhaps, of the minimal mention in booklet). So, for those still dubious as I was, the last two of the six discs are DVDs of actual live performances at the Danish Radio Concert Hall, recorded November 2000. Great to watch. The whole thing is just marvellous for the price asked and the performances and recordings are state-of-the art. Vol. 2 is Nielsen's Chamber Music; no DVDs there, though." Report Abuse
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