Nielsen: Symphonies 2 & 3
New York Philharmonic & Alan Gilbert
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|1||Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, FS 60 "Sinfonia espansiva"||New York Philharmonic & Alan Gilbert||--||Album Only||View in iTunes|
I. Allegro espansivo
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II. Andante pastorale
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III. Allegretto un poco
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IV. Finale. Allegro
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|2||Symphony No. 2, Op. 16, FS 29 "The 4 Temperaments"||New York Philharmonic & Alan Gilbert||--||Album Only||View in iTunes|
I. Allegro collerico
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II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico
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III. Andante malincolico
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IV. Allegro sanguineo
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and one has to appreciate Alan Gilbert's commitment to presenting NIelsens's work. And YES there are many other fine composers from Denmark both living and deceased.
Symphonies shine in new recording
Carl Nielsen was one of the great symphonists of the 20th century, as this live recording readily demonstrates. His second symphony, "The Four Temperaments" features four movements, each depicting a different mood. Four different modes of expression. Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic take full advantage of the score, and offer up an exciting reading that not only shows the contrasts between the movements, but highlights the overarching continuity between them.
Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 is subtitled the "Sinfonia Espansiva," for good reason. Gilbert and the Philharmonic deliver on the bigness of the work, without making it sound bloated. Rather, Nielsen's music seems to just open up and build in a natural and unhurried manner.
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic perform these symphonies in an organic fashion. Conductor and orchestra work together as one to create a unified artistic vision (not surprising, given Gilbert's strong ties to the ensemble). The lyrical passages sing, and the climaxes arrive with power and authority. These are dramatic readings, but not overly dramatic. The music is dynamic and flowing, but never overwrought.
I must diagree
I must politely disagree with Mr Boolez regarding this music - I feel that Nielson was a truly great composer - not as radical as Stravinsky but at least in the same league as Mahler or Prokofiev.. these are wonderful symphonies… I don't yet know these performances, but I can certainly say that the music played is totally first class stuff!
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