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The most important Danish composer of the first part of the twentieth century, Carl Nielsen was prolific in almost all genres. Dissociating himself strongly from Late Romanticism, Nielsen orientated himself increasingly towards the new currents in European music without at any time abandoning his very personal and idiosyncratic style. The Six Symphonies, which become increasingly adventurous as the cycle progresses, are essentially tonal, emotionally direct works, which alternate long lines of melody with passages of blazing energy. The exuberant Symphony No. 1 is here coupled with the enigmatic Symphony No. 6, which has been described as “music of clear sunlight and sudden shadows
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 7, FS 16
I. Allegro orgoglioso
III. Allegro comodo - Andante sostenuto - Tempo I
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 6, FS 116, "Sinfonia semplice"