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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 1 & 6

    1. Symphony No 1: II. Andante
    2. Symphony No 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice’: I. Tempo giusto
  • Catalogue Number LSO0715
    UPC 822231171522

    James Mallinson producer
    Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

    Symphony No 1 recorded October 2011, Barbican, London
    Symphony No 6 recorded May & June 2011, Barbican London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • CD of the Week
    'Davis and the LSO triumph in this recording ... In this gripping performance, it [Symphony No 6] emerges as one of the 20th century’s most beguilingly original works.' Sunday Times

    Disc of the Week BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    ***** 'Stunning hi-res surround, this moves to first place.'
    Audiophile Audition

    ‘Those who enjoyed the first issue in this Nielsen cycle will certainly not be disappointed with this one. One eagerly awaits Davis's accounts of Symphonies 2 and 3 that are due to be issued later this year… Davis brings a prodigious amount of bracing energy both to the symphony's [Symphony No 1] Scherzo and the Finale, whose triumphant C major ending could hardly be delivered with more exhilaration… Colin Davis and the LSO rise to the challenge of this strange and puzzling symphony [Symphony No 6] with a convincingly thoughtful performance.’ SA-CD.net

    ‘Sir Colin Davis and the LSO do both pieces proud, which has been captured in vivid and tangible sound.’ Time Out

    'This second CD lives up to the high standard set by its predecessor.' Financial Times

    ‘This [performance], recorded live at concerts last year at the Barbican, is well worth the hearing. The brittleness and instrumental color of the Sixth come out clearly. This conducting style is matched by the distinctive sound quality of this recording’ SFCV.com

    ‘The truly excellent recording reveals all in a natural detailed manner. Highly recommended including the outstanding performance of the LSO, as usual, with even better than usual recorded audio quality’ Positive-Feedback.com

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Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra


Nielsen’s First Symphony draws inspiration from Brahms and Dvorák but also contains hints of the progressive tonality for which he was later celebrated. His enigmatic final symphony, entitled Sinfonia Semplice (Simple Symphony), suggesting a work of “entirely idyllic character”, turns out to be anything but this. Though written 30 years apart, both works feature folk-inflections, tonal ambiguity, and Nielsen’s distinctive anti-Romantic style.


Composer   Nielsen
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 1: I. Andante orgoglioso
2. Symphony No 1: II. Andante
3. Symphony No 1: III. Allegro comodo – Andante sostenuto – Tempo I
4. Symphony No 1: IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
5. Symphony No 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice’: I. Tempo giusto
6. Symphony No 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice’: II. Humoreske: Allegretto
7. Symphony No 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice’: III. Proposta seria: Adagio
8. Symphony No 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice’: IV. Tema con variazioni: Allegro

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