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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5 [download]

  • 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

  • Editor's Choice Gramophone

    Album Choice of the Month Hi-Fi News

    Best Classical Recordings List The Telegraph

    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 Sunday Times

    Disc of the Week 'Davis's Fifth is even finer than his Fourth, and his taut grasp on the pulse of this music is magisterial.' The Sunday Times

    Album Choice 'The LSO is on top form throughout in one of the more successful Barbican recordings – the all-important timpani parts are ideally incisive.'
    Hi-Fi News

    Choice of the Month Orchestral
    BBC Music Magazine

    'The playing and recording are both exemplary.'
    The Guardian

    '(Davis's) 4th is thrilling ... his strings are excellent, as is the rest of the orchestra ... Davis is able to balance the moments of ferocity with the moments of peace.' American Record Guide

    '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.'

    ‘This LSO Nielsen recording, released as a 96kHz/24-bit download by the B&W Society of Sound, shines through a suitably accomplished system.’ Gramophone (High Fidelity)


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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