Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5
Catalogue Number LSO0694
James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer
Symphony No 4 recorded May 2009, Barbican, London
Symphony No 5 recorded October 2010, Barbican London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Gramophone Magazine’s Editor's Choice
The Telegraph’s Best Classical Recordings List
BBC Music Magazine’s Orchestral Choice of the Month
Hi-Fi News’ Album Choice of the Month
'The LSO is on top form throughout in one of the more successful Barbican recordings – the all-important timpani parts are ideally incisive.'
The Sunday Times’ Classical Albums of 2011
‘The great British maestro brings the expansiveness and rigour of his celebrated Sibelius to two of the Danish composer’s most frequently heard symphonies.’
**** 'The playing and recording are both exemplary.'
'Cracking energy marks both performances, particularly the Inextinguishable which is given a virtuoso fast-paced reading of immense power. The two sets of timpani in the finale are beautifully recorded.'
Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra
Despite giving titles to the majority of his symphonies, Danish composer Carl Nielsen was often vague about what influenced each work. Nevertheless he was a master symphonist and his music is mesmerising, combining propulsive energy with lyrical invention.
|Conductor||Sir Colin Davis|
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra|
2. Symphony No 4 - 'The Inextinguishable': II. Poco allegretto
3. Symphony No 4 - 'The Inextinguishable': III. Poco adagio quasi andante
4. Symphony No 4 - 'The Inextinguishable' : IV. Allegro
5. Symphony No 5: Ia. Tempo giusto
6. Symphony No 5: Ib. Adagio
7. Symphony No 5: II. Allegro - Presto - Andante poco tranquillo - Allegro (Tempo I)