Nielsen: Orchestral Music

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Nielsen: Orchestral Music


Gramophone Awards 2007

Finalist - Orchestral

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - April 2007

CD Review

Critics Disc of the Year - December 2007

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - April 2007



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29th Jan 2007




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Nielsen: Orchestral Music


Maskarade Overture

Sir Oluf He Rides: Prelude

Snefrid (Suite for Orchestra)

Saul & David - Prelude Act 2

Rhapsody Overture: An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Islands (FS123)

Pan & Syrinx, Op. 49 (FS87)

Amor og Digteren, Op. 54: Overture

Helios Overture, Op. 17 (FS32)

Maskarade: Dance of the Cockerels

Willemoes: Prelude to Act III



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Carl Nielsen: Maskarade (Masquerade), FS 39


Act III: Hanedans (Cockerel's Dance)

Carl Nielsen: Herr Oluf han rider (Master Oluf He Rides), FS 37

Master Oluf Rides, Op. 37: Prelude

Carl Nielsen: Snefrid Suite, FS 17

I. Prelude

II. Andante quasi sostenuto

III. Postlude: Allegro non troppo

IV. Snefrid's Sleep: Andante - Quasi allegretto - Andante

V. Funeral Music: Andante sostenuto

Carl Nielsen: Saul og David (Saul and David), FS 25

Saul og David (Saul and David), FS 25, Act II: Prelude

Carl Nielsen: En fantasirejse til Faeroene (A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes), FS 123

Rhapsodic Overture - A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes, Op. 123

Carl Nielsen: Willemoes, FS 44

Willemoes, Op. 44, Act III: Prelude

Carl Nielsen: Pan og Syrinx (Pan and Syrinx), Op. 49, FS 87

Pan and Syrinx, Op. 49

Carl Nielsen: Amor og Digteren (Cupid and the Poet), Op. 54, FS 150

Amor og Digteren (Cupid and the Poet), Op. 54: Overture

Carl Nielsen: Helios, Op. 17, FS 32

Helios Overture, Op. 17

BBC Music Magazine

April 2007


“…this disc is a good reminder of just how experimental Nielsen could be: prepared to try out not just different stylistic devices but even different kinds of persona. Thomas Dausgaard conducts all these works with tremendous gusto, balanced by a fine ear for unusual, suggestive textures, or the comedic vitality that erupts in Maskarade.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“This is outstanding, and unmissable for Nielsen collectors – and not only for the less familiar items, all of which have been recorded before (not badly, either). The Danish Radio Symphony must have played the Saul andDavid and Maskarade excerpts and the Helios Overture more times than they can count. But for Dausgaard they relish every detail, without ever sounding self-conscious. To call the balance in the 'Cockerels' Dance' felicitous would be an understatement; it is revelatory. Nor is affectionate an adequate word for Dausgaard's interpretations of all the music on this disc; there is love here, and a sense of crusading mission.
The praises of the Rhapsody Overture and Panand Syrinx could be sung just as extravagantly.
As could those over the theatre music excerpts, all of which lead to or from the world of Nielsen's symphonies. Given playing of such finesse and bite (one virtually takes idiomatic understanding for granted) they all feel like gems in their own right.
Here's a Nielsen disc that comes about as close to the ideal as one could hope to hear, and it eclipses almost all others in its field. Dacapo's recording quality is top-drawer, and there is an exemplary essay from Jørgen I Jensen.”

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