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Christopher Rouse: Odna Zhizn, Symphonies 3 & 4, Prospero’s Rooms

Christopher Rouse: Odna Zhizn, Symphonies 3 & 4, Prospero’s Rooms


Rouse, C:

Odna Zhizn for orchestra

Prospero's Rooms for orchestra

Symphony No. 3

Symphony No. 4


This album presents four world premiere recordings of works by Christopher Rouse (b. 1949), the New York Philharmonic’s second Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, three of them composed for the orchestra and Music Director Alan Gilbert. Taken together, the Fourth Symphony, Prospero’s Rooms and Odna Zhizn bear witness to a remarkable period of artistic collaboration between the legendary orchestra, its celebrated Music Director, and one of America’s most evocative composers.

“It is hard to imagine more committed advocacy than from Gilbert and the NYPO” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016 ****

“[Alan] Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic [are persuasive advocates] heard to advantage in sound of clarity and depth. Rouse devotees and newcomers alike have no reason to hesitate” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

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Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos

Nielsen: The Symphonies & Concertos


Nielsen:

Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Erin Morley (soprano) & Joshua Hopkins (baritone)

Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (FS61)

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

Flute Concerto, FS119

Robert Langevin (flute)

Clarinet Concerto Op. 57 (FS129)

Anthony McGill (clarinet)


Raised in the Danish countryside as the son of a poor folk musician, Carl Nielsen's indomitable courage and infinite curiosity helped him develop into one of the greatest symphonists of the 20th century and eventually Denmark’s national composer. This 4 SACD box set collects the acclaimed live recording series of Nielsen’s complete symphonies and concertos by the New York Philhamonic, Music Director Alan Gilbert and soloists N ikolaj Znaider (violin), Robert Langevin (flute) and Anthony McGill (clarinet).

Carl Nielsen’s six symphonies and three solo concertos form the core of his orchestral music. Each relates to the classical tradition in its own very personal way, and at the same time the nine works show how Nielsen developed and increasingly moved away from the conventions. It is an incredibly long way from the robust upstart you encounter in the First Symphony to the atonal experiments in the Sixth Symphony and the Clarinet Concerto. Carl Nielsen constantly challenged himself and his audience. The late works complete the picture of an artistic development that was always ahead of his surroundings. To this we must add Nielsen’s profoundly original tonal idiom, at once quirky, straightforward and visionary, which makes it hard to place his music in the usual stylistic and historical categories.

“I think it’s really full-blooded, passionate, dramatic and ultimately human music. That’s what I’m going for, and that’s what the Philharmonic is good at,” says conductor Alan Gilbert. After living in Scandinavia for a number of years Gilbert knows the roots of the music. “Carl Nielsen’s music is based on classic traditions, but it’s just so Danish! Strong, beautiful and independent,” says Gilbert.

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Nielsen: Concertos

Nielsen: Concertos


Nielsen:

Flute Concerto, FS119

Robert Langevin (flute)

Clarinet Concerto Op. 57 (FS129)

Anthony McGill (clarinet)

Violin Concerto, Op. 33 (FS61)

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)


“I think in terms of the instruments themselves – I sort of creep into their souls”, said Carl Nielsen (1865-1931). His three solo concertos for violin, flute and clarinet concertos are highly characteristic and expressive works that show how Nielsen developed as a composer, increasingly distancing himself from the classical conventions. This new recording by New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert concludes the acclaimed Nielsen Project with soloists Nikolaj Znaider, Robert Langevin and Anthony McGill as the soloists in vivid live recordings from Avery Fisher Hall.

“I have to admit that this sequence of concerti has, quite by accident, saved what I think is the best for last. The combination of Nielsen's characterful writing and Anthony McGill's mellifluous playing gives the Clarinet Concerto a unique charm – the instrument's full range is explored and McGill's tone is marvellously liquid throughout.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 8th June 2015

“In the Violin Concerto Nikolaj Znaider, sweet and slender in tone, is equal to all the work's ferocious technical demands. He treats the first movement's Bach-inspired cadenzas with convincing spontaneity, and dances his way delightfully through the Rondo finale…Robert Langevin is nimble and elegant in the Flute Concerto…Anthony McGill is brilliantly virtuosic in the Clarinet Concerto” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6

Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6


Nielsen:

Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (FS97)

Symphony No. 6, (FS116) 'Sinfonia semplice'


This recording concludes the acclaimed cycle of Carl Nielsen symphonies by the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert known as The Nielsen Project. Recorded live in Avery Fisher Hall in October 2014, this CD presents the Danish national composer’s last two symphonies nos. 5 and 6, the latter of which has never previously been performed by the Philharmonic. According to Alan Gilbert, both works represent the “battle between good and evil” and are profound, dramatic works by a mature composer who knew that his days were numbered. Marking the beginning of the Carl Nielsen 150th Anniversary in 2015, this release coincides with the New York recording sessions (Jan 8-13) for the composer’s clarinet concerto, to be released in April together with the flute and violin concertos.

“Gilbert leads his New York players in a faithful, virtuosic rendering of all Nielsen's volatile sings between dead-pan facetious and deadly serious.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015

“you will be missing a glimpse of heaven by failing to purchase…landmark performances...awe-inspiring.” MusicWeb International, April 2015

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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


Nielsen:

Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 (FS76) 'The Inextinguishable'

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 7 (FS16)


“Ruthless but innocent – like a child playing with dynamite” – thus wrote the Danish press at the first performance of Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1 in 1894. This acclaimed recording cycle by the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert shows Denmark’s national composer as one of the wildest and most dynamic composers of early modernism. On this issue, Nielsen’s impressive symphonic debut work is combined with the epoch-making 4th symphony “The Inextinguishable” written in the midst of the First World War and during a stormy period in the composer’s private life.

“Gilbert succeeds in suggesting the force underlying its progress through changing landscapes towards the thrilling conclusion with two battling timpanists. The New York Philharmonic players respond collectively and as individuals.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“If I have it right, Gilbert is on something of a crusade. He seems enthralled by Nielsen's invigorating energy and equally so by his lyrical charm. And while the previous recording erred on the affectionate side, here he is absolutely determined not to interrupted the all-important flow.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

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Magnus Lindberg: EXPO, Piano Concerto No. 2 & Al largo

Magnus Lindberg: EXPO, Piano Concerto No. 2 & Al largo


Lindberg, M:

Piano Concerto No. 2

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Al largo

EXPO


The New York Philharmonic under their Music Director Alan Gilbert start a new series on Dacapo that looks at making premiere recordings of the orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence.

This release includes a stunning collection of works by Magnus Lindberg. EXPO was the overture to Gilbert’s very first concert as the Philharmonic’s new Music Director and Lindberg’s first season as their Composer-in-Residence in 2009.

Lindberg is one of today’s strongest Nordic composers. His musical language is quite complex but full of vim and verve.

“Gilbert secures an opulent and impressively unanimous response from the New York Philharmonic” Gramophone Magazine, September 2013

“The performance [of EXPO] by the NYPO in the première, recorded here, is quite wonderful, reminding us what a very great ensemble this is. They are matched by the astonishing pianism of Bronfman in the concerto...This is an exciting CD, brilliantly performed and recorded; as an introduction to one of the most approachable and individual voices in contemporary music, it could hardly be bettered.” MusicWeb International, 9th July 2013

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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3

Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3


Nielsen:

Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 (FS29) 'The Four temperaments'

Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 (FS60) 'Sinfonia espansiva'


Erinn Morley (soprano) & Joshua Hopkins (baritone)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert

This is the first volume in the New York Philharmonic's new Nielsen Project. With this new series of recordings, Nielsen crosses the Atlantic as the New York Philharmonic and their Music Director Alan Gilbert shed new light on the composer's uniquely Nordic symphonic sound. All works are recorded live during the New York Philharmonic's concert series in Avery Fisher Hall which has already impressed critics and audiences alike. In this interpretation, Maestro Gilbert's personal passion for the music of Carl Nielsen shines through every note, and the series will shed exciting new light on the indomitable Danish symphonist, leading up to the celebrations of his 150th birthday in 2015.

“Gilbert proves capable of embracing and reconciling all the contradictory elements of Nielsen's musical personality: a warm heart and pent-up aggression, tenderness and playfulness, elegance and rowdiness. The playing is incisive and confident, and helped by a handsome recording” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 *****

“Counterpoints that grind rather than dance, the weight and depth of the New York Phil’s sound and Gilbert’s ear for Nielsen’s symphonic mapping really make these recordings. These are rich and hugely enjoyable performances that add to the undernourished interpretative debate around Nielsen like few others have.” bbc.co.uk, 25th September 2012

“There is absolutely no doubting Gilbert's affection for this music. But while it would be an exaggeration to say that he kills the thing he loves, he does occasionally spoil it with sugary treats.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

“these performances are both stunners, good enough to make you regret that the applause has been edited out of both live recordings...These two symphonies are glorious. They will enrich your life. The playing and recording are faultless. Unmissable, in other words.” The Arts Desk, 20th October 2012

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