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Symphonies 3


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  • Orchestra: Århus Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ole Schmidt
  • Composer: Niels Viggo Bentzon
  • Audio CD (January 18, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0000045R0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 3, Op 46: Movement 1
2. Symphony No. 3, Op 46: Movement 2
3. Symphony No. 3, Op 46: Movement 3
4. Symphony No. 4, Op 55: Movement 1
5. Symphony No. 4, Op 55: Movement 2
6. Symphony No. 4, Op 55: Movement 3

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas F. Bertonneau on October 7, 2000
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Niels Viggo Bentzon's (born 1919) Third (1947) and Fourth (1948) Symphonies belong to the extraordinary resurgence of Danish musical life after World War II. Bentzon, a student of Vagn Holmboe, took up his mentor's "metamorphic" approach to composition; the "metamorphic" style derives the complete "matter" of a given work from a few basic "cells" - intervals and rhythmic pulses - typically, but not always, deployed in the first bars of a given work. The method has something in common with Schoenbergian dodecaphony, except that, in practice, it remains within the boundaries of identifiable tonality. The Third Symphony boasts another characteristic: It reflects Carl Nielsen's (also Holmboe's) preoccupation with Danish folkmusic. Indeed, the opening horn-motif of the substantial (quarter-hour) First Movement of the Third Symphony is redolent of the balladry of Denmark itself and of the "Danish" region of Southern Sweden called Skåne (Scania - whence "Scandinavia"). The melody is bucolic in feeling, but undergoes extraordinary transformations in the course of the movement, developing into powerful, quasi-fugal counterpoint. The horn section colors the entire movement, whose impression of strength and purpose, of vital process, is overwhelming. The middle movement explores quieter moods; the Finale returns to the exuberance of the First Movement, and in it the presence of Holmboe is apparent. The Fourth Symphony also contains striking passages, although it operates with fewer big gestures than the Third. Ole Schmidt knows the pulse of this music and delivers fine performances. There is a second installment of the series, with the same forces essaying Bentzon's Fifth (1950) and Seventh (1953) Symphonies. It is also worth exploring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William J. Coburn on November 25, 2010
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Niels Viggo Bentzon composed more than 650 pieces of music with opus numbers. He wrote in numerous genres, and most of what he wrote is long forgotten. He apparently was an excellent pianist who played both classical and jazz music. These two pieces, his third and fourth symphonies, are probably his best works. An older issue of the Penguin Guide highly recommended them. The reason why they were successful was because of the influences, Carl Nielsen and Vagn Holmboe, the two greatest Danish composers, plus Paul Hindemith and Igor Stravinsky. If this recording is ever reissued by Da Capo, I can recommend it.
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