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Nielsen: Symphonies no 1-3 / Blomstedt, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra


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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Nielsen: Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.7 - 1. Allegro orgogliosoSan Francisco Symphony 9:02Album Only
listen  2. Nielsen: Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.7 - 2. AndanteSan Francisco Symphony 6:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Nielsen: Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.7 - 3. Allegro comodoSan Francisco Symphony 8:19Album Only
listen  4. Nielsen: Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.7 - 4. Allegro con fuocoSan Francisco Symphony 8:43Album Only
listen  5. Nielsen: Symphony No.2, Op.16 - "The Four Temperaments" - 1. Allegro collericoSan Francisco Symphony 9:19Album Only
listen  6. Nielsen: Symphony No.2, Op.16 - "The Four Temperaments" - 2. Allegro comodo e flemmaticoSan Francisco Symphony 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Nielsen: Symphony No.2, Op.16 - "The Four Temperaments" - 3. Andante malincolicoSan Francisco Symphony11:35Album Only
listen  8. Nielsen: Symphony No.2, Op.16 - "The Four Temperaments" - 4. Allegro sanguineoSan Francisco Symphony 6:58$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Nielsen: Symphony No.3, Op.27 - "Espansiva" - 1. Allegro espansivoSan Francisco Symphony10:39Album Only
listen  2. Nielsen: Symphony No.3, Op.27 - "Espansiva" - 2. Andante pastoraleSan Francisco Symphony 9:09Album Only
listen  3. Nielsen: Symphony No.3, Op.27 - "Espansiva" - 3. Allegretto un pocoSan Francisco Symphony 6:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Nielsen: Symphony No.3, Op.27 - "Espansiva" - 4. Finale - AllegroSan Francisco Symphony 9:12Album Only
listen  5. Nielsen: Maskerade - Opera in three acts - OvertureSan Francisco Symphony 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Nielsen: Aladdin - Concert Suite - 1. Oriental Festive MarchSan Francisco Symphony 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Nielsen: Aladdin - Concert Suite - 2. Aladdin's Dream and Dance Of The Morning MistSan Francisco Symphony 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Nielsen: Aladdin - Concert Suite - 3. Hindu DanceSan Francisco Symphony 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nielsen: Aladdin - Concert Suite - 4. Chinese DanceSan Francisco Symphony 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Nielsen: Aladdin - Concert Suite - 5. The Market Place At IspahanSan Francisco Symphony 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Nielsen: Aladdin - Concert Suite - 6. Dance Of The PrisonersSan Francisco Symphony 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Nielsen: Aladdin - Concert Suite - 7. Negro DanceSan Francisco Symphony 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (October 12, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00001X5A0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The lighter, softer pastoral parts are contrasted marvellously well.
B. R. Merrick
A swedish conductor, Herbert Blomstedt, and the San Francisco Symphony Orch. just serve to show that the world belongs to all of us.
"a.krag@mail.dk"
This entire set of two double cd's is a must-have, if you are interested in 20th century classical music.
D. R. Greenfield

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ed Luhrs on July 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I also wrote a review for 4-6, the second companion volume to 1-3, but I'd just like to emphasize that the first volume and the second volume go hand in hand. You get to hear Nielsen's evolving ideas as a symphonic writer by having both of them. On this disc, I was astounded by Symphony #3, "Espansiva," which shares a spot with #4 "The Inextinguishable" as my two favorite Nielsen works. The 4-6 recording has great choral and string music in addition to the symphonies, and this recording has "Maskerade" and the "Alladin" Suite, the latter of which is amazing fun--has a different character than the symphonies in that it is lighthearted and indicative that Nielsen did write really colorful melodies and danceable rhythms. Overall, a fine variety of expression with top notch orchestral output by Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "a.krag@mail.dk" on April 20, 2001
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as a Dane I cannot think of anything more radically Scandinavian than the musical language spoken in Espansiva. The composer described the finale allegro as an homage to work and the healthy development of daily life. If you have no intention of visiting this region, do listen to the fourth movement of this marvelously well performed symphony, because by the end of that movement you've seen it all in color. A swedish conductor, Herbert Blomstedt, and the San Francisco Symphony Orch. just serve to show that the world belongs to all of us.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 17, 2002
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This excellent Decca/London two CD set includes Blomstedt's splendid interpretations of Nielsen's first three symphonies and the Aladdin Suite. Those who say that Michael Tilson Thomas is responsible for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra's stature as an internationally renowned ensemble should hear Blomstedt's recordings with the San Francisco Symphony; his Nielsen symphony cycle is widely acclaimed as among his best. Blomstedt emphasizes the Romantic qualities inherent in these early Nielsen scores, leading the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in brisk, vibrant performances. The sound quality is absolutely first rate for these early digital recordings; I doubt they could be enhanced further with the latest digital image-bit remastering.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jhorro on July 16, 2001
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This set shows the younger, romantic side of Nielsen. Musically he is as conservative as Bruckner in these symphonies. Blomstedt has affinity for these works - his Danish recordings from the 70s are still in the catalogue. His interpretation has grown deeper and is more perceptive in these San Francisco recordings. The smooth, clean sound of the San Francisco Symphony matches Blomstedt's approach and the recording is up to Decca's San Francisco standard. This music is easy to enjoy and....addictive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ebrinkma on June 30, 2000
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Blomstedt's complete Nielsen cycle is one of, if not the finest one out there right now, and now that it's been issued on two bargain double cds (two for the price of one!), it's irresistable. In addition to the symphonies there is some (I'm pretty sure) previously unreleased material, including music from Nielsen's Maskarade and Aladdin. Nielsen's six symphonies are an important part of the 20th century repertoire, and any serious symphony buff should have a recording of all six.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ytzan on April 17, 2005
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This set has changed the way I see Scandinavian music. Nielsen is a great composer and all his symphonies are up there among the very best of their era. He is bolder than the well-known Grieg and Sibelius and his music has something fresh. The playing of the SFSO under Herbert Blomstedt (have you hear the recording of Mahler's 2nd with the same contributors? One of the very best...) and the Decca sound really add to the great experience. A must for all music lovers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Greenfield on January 27, 2001
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My love affair with classical music began as a teenager in the 60's. One of the favorite LPs in my collection was Bernstein's performance of the Espansiva on Columbia records. I will always marvel at this symphony whenever I hear it. It is a living, eternally alive, work of art. I personally believe it is one of the greatest symphonies of the 20th century because it possesses this uniquely alive quality. When I first heard Blomstedt's performance, it struck me that his tempo was a little too fast. But I give him credit for a truly admirable performance nonetheless, given with great feeling and passion, which is what this work really demands. This entire set of two double cd's is a must-have, if you are interested in 20th century classical music. And the crown jewel of the entire set is the immortal Espansiva. Be sure to turn up the volume of your audio system for the first movement!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Transfigured Knight on February 11, 2009
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There are many people familiar with Carl Nielsen's work, but it seems the classical fans I talk to haven't actually heard enough by him to make a fair assessment of his music. It seems that though Nielsen is without a doubt in my mind one of the greatest composers of his time, his work is still unappreciated by the masses. But with each passing year, this will begin to fade I'm sure as people will catch on with his music.

His work is extremely accessible, but not in a Bach or Beethoven sort way. I mean more in a Sibelius sort of way. These symphonies are deep in thought and each listen will reveal just how deep they truly are. Now enter Herbert Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony. Blomstedt is an expert on Nordic music and has shown great passion for Nielsen in the past having recorded a complete cycle already that got mixed reviews. This cycle, however, is his crowning achievement. The performances are logical, technically superior, and emotionally satisfying. Blomstedt seems to invoke just the right mood for each movement. This cycle is the only cycle you need.

Be sure to pick up the Blomstedt's companion to this set, also available on Decca. I would also try and get Blomstedt's readings of the Flute, Clarinet, and Violin Concertos by Nielsen. I also heard nothing but good things about the Clarinet Concerto reading on Naxos.
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