Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Michael Schønwandt, conductor
August 2011
Dacapo

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Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music
Carl Nielsen’s symphonies, concertos and other orchestral works are Scandinavia’s most powerful music. “Music is life, and like it inextinguishable,” said Nielsen – himself born and raised in the Danish countryside as the son of poor folk musician, but later recognized as one of the 20th century’s greatest symphonists. This unique collection consists of prizewinning recordings by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, which has preserved the authentic playing style since Carl Nielsen’s time.
Reviews
“10/10: These performances stand as the best modern recordings of these symphonies available” —ClassicsToday.com
“It comes about as close to the ideal as I ever hope to hear, and it eclipses almost all others in its field. Dacapo’s recording quality is top-drawer”. —Gramophone
Tracklisting

Disc 1

  1. Symphony No. 3 (‘Sinfonia espansiva’), FS 60 (Op. 27): 1. Allegro espansivo
  2. Symphony No. 3 (‘Sinfonia espansiva’), FS 60 (Op. 27): 2. Andante pastorale
  3. Symphony No. 3 (‘Sinfonia espansiva’), FS 60 (Op. 27): 3. Allegretto un poco
  4. Symphony No. 3 (‘Sinfonia espansiva’), FS 60 (Op. 27): 4. Finale: Allegro
  5. Symphony No. 2 (‘De fire temperamenter’), FS 29 (Op. 16): 1. Allegro collerico
  6. Symphony No. 2 (‘De fire temperamenter’), FS 29 (Op. 16): 2. Allegro comodo e flemmatico
  7. Symphony No. 2 (‘De fire temperamenter’), FS 29 (Op. 16): 3. Andante malincolico
  8. Symphony No. 2 (‘De fire temperamenter’), FS 29 (Op. 16): 4. Allegro sanguineo

Disc 2

  1. Symphony No. 4 (‘Det uudslukkelige’; ‘Inextinguishable’), FS 76 (Op. 29): 1. Allegro
  2. Symphony No. 4 (‘Det uudslukkelige’; ‘Inextinguishable’), FS 76 (Op. 29): 2. Poco allegretto (8 bars after tempo marking)
  3. Symphony No. 4 (‘Det uudslukkelige’; ‘Inextinguishable’), FS 76 (Op. 29): 3. Poco adagio quasi andante
  4. Symphony No. 4 (‘Det uudslukkelige’; ‘Inextinguishable’), FS 76 (Op. 29): 4. Con anima – Allegro
  5. Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50): 1. Tempo giusto –
  6. Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50): 1. Adagio
  7. Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50): 2. Allegro –
  8. Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50): 2. Presto
  9. Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50): 2. Andante poco tranquillo –
  10. Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50): 2. Allegro (Tempo 1)

Disc 3

  1. Symphony No. 1 in G minor, FS 16 (Op. 7): 1. Allegro orgoglioso
  2. Symphony No. 1 in G minor, FS 16 (Op. 7): 2. Andante
  3. Symphony No. 1 in G minor, FS 16 (Op. 7): 3. Allegro comodo – Andante sostenuto – Tempo 1
  4. Symphony No. 1 in G minor, FS 16 (Op. 7): 4. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
  5. Symphony No. 6 (‘Sinfonia semplice’), FS 116: 1. Tempo giusto
  6. Symphony No. 6 (‘Sinfonia semplice’), FS 116: 2. Humoresque – Allegretto
  7. Symphony No. 6 (‘Sinfonia semplice’), FS 116: 3. Proposta seria – Adagio
  8. Symphony No. 6 (‘Sinfonia semplice’), FS 116: 4. Theme and Variations: Allegretto un poco – Var. 1 – Var. 2: Allegretto quasi andanti

Disc 4

  1. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Overture
  2. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Cockerel’s Dance
  3. Herr Oluf han rider (Master Oluf Rides), incidental music, FS 37
  4. Snefrid, melodrama, FS 17: 1. Prelude
  5. Snefrid, melodrama, FS 17: 2. Andante quasi sostenuto
  6. Snefrid, melodrama, FS 17: 3. Postlude: Allegro non troppo
  7. Snefrid, melodrama, FS 17: 4. Snefrid’s Sleep: Andante – Quasi allegretto – Andante
  8. Snefrid, melodrama, FS 17: 5. Funeral Music: Andante sostenuto
  9. Saul og David (Saul and David), opera, FS 25: Prelude to Act 2: Allegro marziale
  10. En fantasirejse til Faerøene (An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Islands), rhapsodic overture for orchestra, FS 123
  11. Willemoes, incidental music, FS 44: Prelude to Act 3: Andantino espressivo
  12. Pan og Syrinx (Pan and Syrinx), for orchestra, FS 87 (Op. 49)
  13. Amor og Digteren (Amor and the Poet), incidental music, FS 150 (Op. 54): Ouverture: Allegretto con brio
  14. Helios, concert overture, FS 32 (Op. 17)