Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 1 & 6
Catalogue Number LSO0715
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
The Sunday Times’ CD of the Week
'Davis and the LSO triumph in this recording ... In this gripping performance, [Symphony No 6] emerges as one of the 20th century’s most beguilingly original works.'
BBC Radio 3 Record Reviews’ Disc of the Week
***** 'Stunning hi-res surround, this moves to first place.'
‘Sir Colin Davis and the LSO do both pieces proud, which has been captured in vivid and tangible sound.’
'This second CD lives up to the high standard set by its predecessor.'
‘Those who enjoyed the first issue in this Nielsen cycle will certainly not be disappointed with this one… Colin Davis and the LSO rise to the challenge of [the] strange and puzzling [Symphony No 6] with a convincingly thoughtful performance.’
‘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.’
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.
|Conductor||Sir Colin Davis|
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra|
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