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Syms 1-6

Carl Nielsen Audio CD


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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Recordings from a World-Class Orchestra Oct. 27 2007
By B. R. Merrick - Published on Amazon.com
I have to admit, I'm not as familiar with Nielsen. I only knew that I liked what I had previously heard of his music, before buying this symphonic cycle. (He has written a lovely clarinet concerto that is worth listening to as well.) There's an earthy quality to the playing here that I think invigorates the music and keeps it from sounding stale. There is a lot to delve into with these recordings, and the vitality of the interpretation here helps a lot with the learning process.

Beyond my inability to give more detail about Nielsen's music, a modernist who was obviously influenced greatly by the preceding Romantic era, what holds me back from giving it 5 stars are the technical aspects of these CDs. There is something tinny about the louder treble parts that gives certain instrumental groups (the French Horns, for instance) a metallic sound they don't normally have. But I assure you, this is a minor complaint. If you're just finding out about this composer, this is an excellent group of recordings to start with. I am enjoying them very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcomed reissue April 3 2014
By Thomas Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Few 'modern' composers were as fortunate to have conductors like Ole Schmidt (Nielsen) and Paavo Berglund (Sibelius Sibelius: Complete Symphonies) (and I believe, to a lesser extent, Blomstedt (both composers)) champion their music. Unlike so many conductors who fly in to present a concert or make a recording, these two men *lived* the music of the composers, studied the composer's work carefully, tidied-up the orchestration when they thought it better served the music, remove the accretions that had accumulated in the printed scores of the decades, and remained true advocates of the music.

It is fortunate that both Alto (Nielsen: Complete Symphonies) and Regis have reissued these classic Unicorn recordings by Schmidt. I have the Regis issue and although the recordings don't appear to have been remastered, the sound is nothing short of excellent. The quality of the performances is well-known. I cannot recommend this set more enthusiastically.

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