Nielsen - The Symphonies Volume 2

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Nielsen - The Symphonies Volume 2



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2nd June 2008




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Nielsen - The Symphonies Volume 2


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

Inger Dam-Jensen & Poul Elming

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



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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 idea of writing a symphony based on the Four Temperaments – The Choleric, The Sanguine, The Melancholic and The Phlegmatic, came to Nielsen when he saw a primitive peasant painting in a village inn. The title of the Third Symphony, Sinfonia espansiva, an afterthought, has been explained as an expansion of the scope of the mind and of the life that comes with it.

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, FS 60, "Sinfonia espansiva"

I. Allegro espansivo

II. Andante pastorale

III. Allegretto un poco

IV. Finale: Allegro

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 2, Op. 16, FS 29, "The 4 Temperaments"

I. Allegro collerico

II. Allegro comodo e flammatico

III. Andante malincolico

IV. Allegro sanguineo


“[On the original Dacapo releases] This is the welcome completion of what now ranks, in my judgment, as the best set of the Nielsen symphonies yet accomplished in the recording medium.”

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