Nielsen - Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5

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Nielsen - Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5



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1st June 2009




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Nielsen - Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5


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

René Mathiesen (timpani I) & Christian Utke Schiøler (timpani II)

Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (FS97)

Niels Thomsen (clarinet) & Tom Nybye (snare drum)



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The most important Danish composer of the first third of the twentieth century, Carl Nielsen was prolific in almost all genres.

The six Symphonies are essentially tonal, emotionally direct works, which alternate long lines of melody with passages of blazing energy.

Symphony No. 4, ‘The Inextinguishable’, his most dramatic, conveys ‘the elemental will to live’, while in his Symphony No. 5, written after the 1914-18 war, Nielsen develops new and stronger rhythms and more advanced harmonies.

Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 (8570737) and Nos. 2 and 3 (8570738) are also available.

“Schønwandt's performances, a reissue of recordings made in 2000 for the Dacapo label, are spectacular in every way…He imparts a melodic flow to the music that both minimizes the jarring juxtapositions and binds them together in a more continuous, unified progression.” Fanfare

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, FS 76, "The Inextinguishable"

I. Allegro

II. Poco allegretto (8 bars after tempo marking)

III. Poco adagio quasi andante

IV. Con anima - Allegro

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 5, Op. 50, FS 97

I. Allegro giusto

I. Adagio non troppo

II. Allegro

II. Presto

II. Andante un poco tranquillo

II. Allegro (Tempo I)

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