Nielsen:The Symphonies Nos. 1-3
Herbert Blomstedt & San Francisco Symphony
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A Fantastic Set
Nielsen's symphonies are yet another Scandinavian delight. They are tightly and powerfully constructed, much in the manner of Schumann's symphonies. Blomstedt does them justice. These are beautiful recordings. The orchestra's sound is rich and full. The faster, louder passages are attacked with precision and dexterity. The lighter, softer pastoral parts are contrasted marvellously well. There is not a single technical aspect of these recordings to diminish what the conductor and orchestra are trying to convey (unlike the LSO/Schmidt set). If you want to hear what Nielsen is all about, this is it.
Born: July 11, 1927 in Springfield, MA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s