Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Performing with: Seattle Symphony

Speed requires confidence, and you can feel the Seattle Symphony’s building with this further exploration of what remains an alien aesthetic to so many orchestras. More to the point, Nielsen’s first two symphonies can take it…Fresh, fascinating but not uncontroversial accounts, which is just what this neglected early Nielsen needs.


Recording of the Month - November 2020


Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony bring you electric and superbly played performances of Nielsen’s early symphonies. Dausgaard has championed the music of his countryman throughout his career, and this album features the Danish composer’s ecstatic First Symphony and the strong-willed Second Symphony. The live concert recordings capture the vitality and energy shared by the orchestra and their new Music Director, all in the spectacular acoustics of Benaroya Hall.


Nielsen: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 7 (FS16)
1. I. Allegro orgoglioso (Live)
2. II. Andante (Live)
3. III. Allegro comodo (Live)
4. IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco (Live)

Nielsen: Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 (FS29) ‘The Four temperaments’
5. I. Allegro collerico (Live)
6. II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico (Live)
7. III. Andante malincolico (Live)
8. IV. Allegro sanguineo (Live)