Nielsen- Symphonies Nos 1 & 6 (2011)

Nielsen

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis

Nielsen was in his mid-twenties when he began work on his First Symphony. His studies at the Copenhagen Conservatory complete, he took up posts in the second violins of, first, the Danish Theatre Orchestra and then, in 1889, the Royal Danish Orchestra. There he learned about symphonic music, and orchestration, ‘from the inside’. Not surprisingly one can hear influences of some of the music he played there in his First Symphony: Brahms, Dvorak and the Norwegian Johan Svendsen – who conducted the symphony’s premiere in 1894 (Nielsen standing up from his desk in the orchestra to acknowledge the applause at the end). But this is emphatically not an apprentice work. So many of Nielsen’s mature characteristics can be heard here: the lilting, sometime folk-inflected, but often delightfully unpredictable melodies, and the quick-witted, concise thinking that seems determined to keep listeners – and performers – on their toes. Such refreshing freedom from any kind of romantic excess is unusual for a composer of the late-Romantic era. One might conclude that this was a composer who had never heard Wagner, still less Mahler or Richard Strauss.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Sir Colin Davis

Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1995, and then President from 2006 until his death in 2013, Sir Colin Davis performed regularly with the LSO at the Barbican and on tour. As well as featuring on many LSO Live recordings, helping to provide the label with significant profile in its early days, he also recorded widely with Philips, BMG and Erato. His LSO Live releases have won numerous prizes, including Grammy and Gramophone Awards, and a BBC Music Magazine Award (2007), and have covered, among others, repertoire by Berlioz, Dvo?.k, Elgar, Haydn, MacMillan, Sibelius, Tippett, and Verdi. Sir Colin was formerly Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1967–71), became the Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971, and was Principal Guest Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1998 to 2003. Other orchestras he held prominent positions with include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchetra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the English Chamber Orchestra.

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Nielsen- Symphonies Nos 1 & 6 (2011)

Nielsen

London Symphony Orchestra

    Sunday Times

Davis and the LSO triumph in this recording... In this gripping performance, it [Symphony No 6] emerges as one of the 20th century’s most beguilingly original works.

    Audiophile Audition -

Stunning hi-res surround, this moves to first place.

    Financial Times

This second CD lives up to the high standard set by its predecessor.

    Time Out

Sir Colin Davis and the LSO do both pieces proud, which has been captured in vivid and tangible sound.

    SA-CD.net

Those who enjoyed the first issue in this Nielsen cycle will certainly not be disappointed with this one. One eagerly awaits Davis's accounts of Symphonies 2 and 3 that are due to be issued later this year… Davis brings a prodigious amount of bracing energy both to the symphony's [Symphony No 1] Scherzo and the Finale, whose triumphant C major ending could hardly be delivered with more exhilaration… Colin Davis and the LSO rise to the challenge of this strange and puzzling symphony [Symphony No 6] with a convincingly thoughtful performance.

Nielsen- Symphonies Nos 1 & 6 (2011)

Nielsen

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Recording location: Barbican London
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Symphony No. 1- i. Andante orgoglioso
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Symphony No. 1- ii. Andante
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Symphony No. 1- iii. Allegro comodo - Andante sostenuto - Tempo I
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Symphony No. 1- iv. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
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Symphony No. 6 - Sinfonia semplice - i. Tempo giusto
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Symphony No. 6- Sinfonia semplice - ii. Humoreske- Allegretto
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Symphony No. 6 - Sinfonia semplice - iii. Proposta seria- Adagio
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Symphony No. 6 - Sinfonia semplice - iv. Tema con variazioni- Allegro
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