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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 / Helios Overture / Flute Concerto / Clarinet Concerto / Maskarade; Schultz: Serenade for Strings Import


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  • Orchestra: Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Thomas Jensen, Erik Tuxen, Mogens Wöldike
  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquence Australia
  • ASIN: B003LDKJMW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 1 in G minor, FS 16 (Op. 7): 1. Allegro orgoglioso
2. Symphony No. 1 in G minor, FS 16 (Op. 7): 2. Andante
3. Symphony No. 1 in G minor, FS 16 (Op. 7): 3. Allegro comodo
4. Symphony No. 1 in G minor, FS 16 (Op. 7): 4. Allegro con fuoco
5. Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50): 1. Tempo giusto - Adagio non troppo
6. Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50): 2. Allegro - Presto - Andante un poco tranquillo - Allegro
7. Helios, concert overture, FS 32 (Op. 17)
Disc: 2
1. Flute concerto, FS 119: 1. Allegro moderato
2. Flute concerto, FS 119: 2. Allegretto
3. Clarinet concerto, Op. 57 (FS 129): 1. Allegretto un poco
4. Clarinet concerto, Op. 57 (FS 129): 2. Poco adagio
5. Clarinet concerto, Op. 57 (FS 129): 3. Allegro non troppo
6. Clarinet concerto, Op. 57 (FS 129): 4. Allegro vivace
7. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Overture
8. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 1. Magdelone's Dance Scene
9. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 2. Prelude
10. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Hanedansen (Dance of the Cockerels)
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Nielsen's six symphonies are the backbone of his compositional career. His bold and individual melodies and fresh-sounding ideas marked him out immediately as an individual voice among the new music of the day. The concertos were written for his friends, the members of the Copenhagen wind quintet. Only two were completed before his death, the flute concerto for gilbert jespersen and the clarinet concerto for aage oxenvad, but in both his aim was to reflect the personalities of the players, the refined and fastidious jespersen, and the irascible but warm-hearted oxenvad. Making their first appearance on decca CD, these recordings were made between 1952 and 1954 and have long been considered of immense historical and musical value. Newly remastered for this release, the fascinating liner notes are provided by lyndon jenkins.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hugh de Man on June 22, 2014
While all of the Jensen and Tuxen performances are well worth having, the most urgent reason for having this collection is the wonderful performance of the Clarinet Concerto by Ib Eriksen, with Mogens Woldike and the Danish State Radio Orchestra. It captures the curmudgeonly, choleric and combustible aspects of this unique concerto like no other recording I've heard. And this studio version is not to be confused with the live recording available on Danacord, fine though that may be.
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Fabulous historical recordings, but these are early Decca's which still sound fine given their age. Symphony No. 1 is by Thomas Jensen/Danish State Radio Symphony, recorded June 1952, first commercial recording of the work (and, I think, the earliest one in existence); very fine, I have found none of the Nielsen recordings by Jensen have ever really been bettered, though some have come close. If one wishes to search long enough, a complete series of the Nielsen Symphonies by this conductor, some commercial others from concerts, may be acquired. Most of the rest of the items on this 2-CD set are or have been available elsewhere, but I think this maybe the only source currently available for the Symphony 1.

Symphony No. 5, Jensen/Danish Radio, recorded April 1954, is the second commercial version (following Tuxen for EMI in 1950); Helios Overture, Tuxen/Danish Radio, recorded June 1952. Flute Concerto, Jespersen/Jensen/Danish Radio; Clarinet Concerto, Erikson/Woldike/Danish Radio; and Maskarade excepts, Jensen, all recorded April 1954. Jespersen was the dedicatee of the Flute Concerto, and this was the first recording of it. All are among the earliest made. Unbelievable that it took so long for Nielsen to start becoming "popular" as it was the 1970's before recordings of his music were released on a regular basis. The Danish conductors Thomas Jensen, Erik Tuxen, and Launy Grondahl all had first-hand knowledge about how Nielsen wanted his music to sound and this shows through in their various releases. Those with an interest in this wonderful composer should investigate.
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I've owned all of these Nielsen performances by Jensen and his Danish colleagues since the 1990s in CD versions remastered from their early 1950's LPs by Michel Dutton, which still sound pretty good to me. I found the remastered sound of this Eloquence set to be very similar. .although perhaps a bit cleaner in the concertos and 5th symphony (I've not listened to the Shultz yet). Thus, I was a bit disappointed as I've been spoiled by a Pristine Records 2006 remastering of the Nielsen 6th by Jensen to be truly satisfactory - almost a revelation - and I was hoping that Eloquence could somehow match the quality of this work. Still, as the other reviewers have mentioned these are classic performances of really wonderful music...and I would recommend them to those who have not heard these interpretations or perhaps are not even familiar with Nielsen at all, especially as they are offered at a very fair price.
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For a fan of Carl Nielsen's music like me, reissues of the historic performances of his music by Danish conductors are always welcome. These are authoritative performances, though they are nicely complimented by Leonard Bernstein's recording with the New York Philharmonic of Symphony no. 5, currently hard to find in the US, and the more modern recordings by Herbert Blomstedt with the San Francisco Orchestra and the series, currently underway, by Alan Gilber, also with the New York Philharmonic (Gilbert has not yet recorded Symphonies 1 or 5). This two-CD reissue on Australian London combines Thomas Jensen's versions of Symphonies 1 and 5 and the Flute Concerto, Eric Tuxen's recording of the Helios Overture and Mogens Woldike's performance of the Clarinet Concerto. The Jensen and Tuxen recordings are also available on a CD from Dutton Labs, while the Woldike is on Danacord's excellent twelve CD (six volume) historic Nielsen series, but this double box is a good start for anyone wanting to explore these performances or Nielsen's music in general.

The Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)is one of the most important and interesting early modernists. His music juxtaposes a regionally-inspired lyricism with a sense of modern anxiety and disorientation. Music and art are in themselves regarded as manifestations of a vital and resilient human energy, but they are, especially in the 5th Symphony, threatened by dissonant bursts of war and violence. For me, this music is a moving expression of the struggle and ultimately an important affirmation of itself.
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By andyjo on October 12, 2014
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Excellent performances of an under - performed but exceptional composer.
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