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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.
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 2, Op. 16, FS 29, "The 4 Temperaments"
I. Allegro collerico
II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico
III. Andante malincolico
IV. Allegro sanguineo
“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”
25th September 2012
“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.”
“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.”
The Arts Desk
20th October 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.”