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Nielsen: Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Schmidt, London SO

Nielsen / London Symphony Orchestra / Schmidt
Release Date: 06/04/2013 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1236   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Ole Schmidt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These analogue sessions are quite simply magnificent and I am hard put to criticise the sound and the artistic approach, even now, some four decades later. If you are interested in the present two symphonies then there is no real reason for you to go looking elsewhere.

The heavenly bodies must have been in a perfect alignment during those Auger sessions because the sound is natural yet virile. I say this whether the score is at full tilt or is quietly rhapsodising as in the second movement of the Fourth. Tension is tightly sustained in the opening of the Fifth Symphony. As I have said previously, the Fifth is humanity to the Fourth's nature and it is given a wonderful outing by Schmidt. Listen to how well he terraces the
Read more dynamic contours and echoing terrain in the first movement! In the radiant adagio the horns bell out in unblushing glory (tr. 6 2:20). The imprecations of the side-drum are rapped out in all their finally impotent malevolence.

It’s such a pity that we did not get more from the fiery Schmidt – parallels here with another awkward cuss conductor wisely favoured by Alto’s sister label, Musical Concepts: Wyn Morris in his Beethoven cycle. Schmidt can be heard inexpensively on Regis in truly inspiriting accounts of Borodin 2 and Sibelius 5 (also Alto). Not to be missed – do not be put off by the low price. Only Chung on Bis comes anywhere near when it comes to Nielsen.

The liner-note is a fine thing with a useful article on Ole Schmidt (1928-2010) and the music is profiled with David Dougherty having re-edited the original Regis essay.

– Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable" by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Ole Schmidt
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1973-74 
Venue:  St. Giles Cripplegate Church, London, En 
Length: 34 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Symphony no 5, Op. 50 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Ole Schmidt
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1973-74 
Venue:  St. Giles Cripplegate Church, London, En 
Length: 19 Minutes 55 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Best of Nielsen March 20, 2015 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Ole Schmidt started his career as a self- taught musician playing jazz piano. He later enrolled in a composition class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. His music is said to reflect the influence of jazz, Hindemith, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. Schmidt studied conducting with Sergiu Celibidache and Rafael Kubelik. Schmidt knew how to get the best out of an orchestra as is evident in this wonderful disc which could arguably be considered the ''Best of Nielsen.'' I can not top Henry S.'s comments so let me say that even if you have other recordings of Nielsen, you owe it to yourself to add this one to your collection. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
 Magical Performances August 21, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Two of Danish composer Carl Nielsen's finest symphonies are contained on this exceptional CD and are given luxurious, world class performances by the London Symphony Orchestra and Danish conductor Ole Schmidt, about whom it would be a true understatement to say that he had an inherent affinity for his fellow countryman. Both symphonies feature soaring, impassioned, densely textured orchestral journeys with brilliantly imaginative use of the percussion section (for example, the biting, sarcastic power of the snare drum intruding on the nearly overwhelming string and brass chorale in Symphony # 5's opening movement). These incredible forte passages are sandwiched around shorter, melancholy pianissimo statements in which the LSO wind section carries the ball. The overall effect in both of these fabulous symphonies is turbulence, chaos, pathos, and ultimately some of the most striking musical conflict resolution you could ask for. In my view, this analog recording from the 1970's presents Carl Nielsen as he himself would have wanted it. Superb sound, powerful musical themes, great listening- that's it in a nutshell. Absolutely recommended." Report Abuse
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