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Nielsen: The Complete Symphonies [download]

  • Catalogue Number LSO0789
    UPC 822231178927

    James Mallinson producer
    Classic Sound Ltd engineering, editing, mixing & mastering


    HD FLAC 24bit 96kHz [stereo]
    MP3 320 kbps [stereo]

    DSD recording, live at the Barbican in October 2011 (Symphony No 1), December 2011 (Symphonies Nos 2 & 3), May 2010 (Symphony No 4), October 2009 (Symphony No 5), May & June 2011 (Symphony No 6).

    Total playing time 3h 21m
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • Multichannel Set of the Month ***** ‘Wow! What a treasure trove this one is… The original SACDs were exemplary in their stunning audio presentations, as good as I have ever heard on LSO Live and the best-sounding Nielsen symphonies ever… these certainly surpass all the others in my collection… Outstanding!’ Audiophile Audition

    CD of the Week ‘Force and rhythmic energy are among the trademarks of Nielsen's symphonies. This is clearly evident in the concert recordings under the direction of Colin Davis… A great discovery, thanks to Colin Davis and the excellent London Symphony Orchestra.’ NDR Kultur

    ‘This set of live recordings is the legacy… [Sir Colin Davis] and the orchestra give passionate accounts of all six.’ Sunday Times Culture

    ‘This cycle undeniably represents some of [Sir Colin Davis’s] most important later work… one of the better and more imaginative sets of the Nielsen symphonies. Highly recommended!’

    ‘The accounts of all six symphonies are full of freshness and, above all, energy… These are thoroughly considered and convincing interpretations. Throughout the performances the virtuoso playing of the LSO is a decided asset… This set is a desirable package and its appearance in this format is a very good way of marking the Nielsen 150th anniversary.’ MusicWeb International

    'It stands to reason that Sir Colin Davis – acknowledged as his time’s great Berlioz conductor – would be a first-rate conductor of Carl Nielsen and he is… In a surprisingly hefty number of complete recordings of the Nielsen symphonies, this holds its own more than nicely.'
    The Buffalo News

    ‘Colin Davis recorded a Nielsen Symphony Cycle for LSO Live and the three SACDs are very distinguished in performance with many insights from one of the greatest conductors of our time.’ MusicWeb International

    ‘These recordings, all made at live performances, date to 2009 (No. 5), 2010 (No. 4), and 2011 (Nos. 1-3 and 6). They represent the last word from Davis (1927-2013) on these symphonies, and a very well-considered last word it is.’

    ‘Sir Colin Davis’s set with the London Symphony Orchestra is very fine as you might expect… There are plenty of excellent sounds to be experienced here.’ MusicWeb International

    ‘The London Symphony Orchestra recorded all six with the late Colin Davis…they form a fine introduction to Nielsen's uniquely Scandinavian aesthetic.’ WQXR

    ‘Energetic and dramatic, the British conductor displays his ease in the (relative) tradition of the first three symphonies, in which he repeatedly emphasises an almost Elgarian dimension.’

    Disc of the Week BBC Radio 3
    LSO0715 Symphonies 1 & 6

    ICMA Nomination 2014: Symphonic Music
    LSO0722 Symphonies 2 & 3

    ***** '[Symphony 3] It’s spacious feeling and power is strengthened by the ecstatic entrance of the soprano and baritone soloists’ Audiophile Audition
    LSO0722 Symphonies 2 & 3

    **** This interpretation reaches the height of previous ones…with an orchestra white hot, he gives us the best integral Nielsen for years’ Classica
    LSO0722 Symphonies 2 & 3

    ***** Mail on Sunday
    LSO0722 Symphonies 2 & 3

    ***** Audiophile Audition
    LSO0722 Symphonies 2 & 3

    **** Performance BBC Music Magazine
    LSO0722 Symphonies 2 & 3

    **** (max) Classica
    LSO0722 Symphonies 2 & 3

    Classical Albums of the Year (2011) The Sunday Times
    LSO0694 Symphonies 4 & 5

    Editor’s Choice Gramophone
    LSO0694 Symphonies 4 & 5

    Choice of the Month Orchestral BBC Music Magazine
    LSO0694 Symphonies 4 & 5

    Disc of the Week The Sunday Times
    LSO0694 Symphonies 4 & 5

    Album Choice of the Month'‘no-one could fail to be thrilled by the last movement of No.5… The LSO is on top form throughout in one of the more successful Barbican recordings’Hi-Fi News
    LSO0694 Symphonies 4 & 5

    Best Classical Recordings List The Telegraph
    LSO0694 Symphonies 4 & 5

    HiFi News


Sir Colin Davis
London Symphony Orchestra

These recordings, made during Sir Colin Davis’ ‘Indian summer’ with the orchestra, are acknowledged to be amongst the finest recordings ever made of this repertoire, receiving numerous awards. The symphonies were originally released between 2011 and 2013 and are now available together for the first time.

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   Lucy Hall, Marcus Farnsworth
London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
Vol 1
1. Symphony No 1: i. Allegro orgoglioso
2. Symphony No 1: ii. Andante
3. Symphony No 1: iii. Allegro comodo
4. Symphony No 1: iv. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
5. Symphony No 2: i. Allegro collerico
6. Symphony No 2: ii. Allegro comodo e flemmatico
7. Symphony No 2: iii. Andante malincolico
8. Symphony No 2: iv. Allegro sanguineo - Marziale

Vol 2
1. Symphony No 3: i. Allegro espansivo
2. Symphony No 3: ii. Andante pastorale
3. Symphony No 3: iii. Allegretto un poco
4. Symphony No 3: iv. Finale: Allegro
5. Symphony No 4: i. Allegro
6. Symphony No 4: ii. Poco allegretto
7. Symphony No 4: iii. Poco adagio quasi andante
8. Symphony No 4: iv. Allegro

Vol 3
1. Symphony No 5: i. I - Tempo giusto
2. Symphony No 5: ii. I - Adagio
3. Symphony No 5: iii. II - Allegro
4. Symphony No 6: i. Tempo giusto
5. Symphony No 6: ii. Humoreske: Allegretto
6. Symphony No 6: iii. Proposta seria: Adagio
7. Symphony No 6: iv. Tema con variazioni: Allegro

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