Carl Nielsen has become a standard bearer for Danish art and culture throughout the world. His music is intensely personal, extremely well crafted, and boldly colorful. Nielsen’s shorter works for orchestra have not attained the notoriety of his symphonies, but are nonetheless rewarding pieces. They perhaps show a more subjective side of the composer, highlighting his ability to create individual tone-pictures of great beauty and atmosphere. American Conductor Lance Friedel is currently enjoying an active career in Europe and the USA . He has served as Music Director of the Providence Chamber Orchestra in Rhode Island and as a frequent guest conductor of numerous orchestras throughout the world. Mr. Friedel was awarded first prize at the 2001 Mario Gusella International Conductors Competition in Pescara , Italy . As a result of this prestigious prize, he has been engaged to conduct concerts with orchestras throughout Italy , as well as in Hungary . In 1994 Mr. Friedel was the first-prize winner at the Czech Music Workshop, and was invited to conduct the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra the following season. In 1995 and 1996, Mr. Friedel was awarded first prize at the Marienbad Conducting Workshop, and was invited to conduct concerts with the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Friedel has attended master classes under such esteemed maestros as Leonard Slatkin, Andre Previn, and Lorin Maazel, and has attended numerous workshops and seminars, including the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg , the Aspen Music Festival, and Tanglewood. His conducting teachers have included Gustav Meier, Michael Charry, and Georg Tintner. A graduate of Boston University , Mr. Friedel has also studied at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore , the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna , and the Mannes College of Music in New York .
"[Lance Friedel's] approach is always musical, lively, and intelligent... you really can't go wrong with this generously filled collection. -- Classics Today, October 2005
"[this] disc is a prize, not only as recorded...but as conducted by Lance Friedel...sonorously recorded...Bravo MSR Classics" -- Roger Dettmer, ClassicalCDReview.com, December 2005
"terrific music, superbly recorded and thrillingly played. It's a wonderful debut album; I eagerly look forward to more." -- Jim Svejda, KUSC-FM