Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5

  • Catalogue Number LSO0694
    UPC 822231169420

    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.'
    The Guardian

    '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.'
    ClassicalCDReview.com

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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.


Composer   Nielsen
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 4 - 'The Inextinguishable': I. Allegro
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)

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