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Classical - Released November 10, 2017 | Seattle Symphony Media

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This version of Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 were recorded live by the Seattle Symphony under the direction of its “first guest conductor” and also Danish, Thomas Dausgaard – who from the 2019-20 season will become its Music Director. Symphony No. 3 − “Sinfonia Espansiva” − written in 1910, is unique for having wordless vocal parts sung by a soprano and a bass in the second movement (who can be replaced by a clarinet and a trombone if necessary); interestingly this rather sinister Andante pastorale − already evocative of Shostakovich − was played at the composer’s funeral in 1931. The Symphony conveys a ferocious energy, expansive in the first movement that gave its name to the work, restrained in slower movements, and rather solemn and festive throughout the rest. Symphony No. 4, composed in 1915 and called “The Inextinguishable”, is also packed with energy, chaotic at times, and sometimes more channelled in the joy or magnitude of the gesture, with an orchestration of great originality. It’s a shame Nielsen isn’t featured more often on the programmes of French orchestras. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 3, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released November 3, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released September 15, 2017 | La Dolce Volta

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Chamber Music - Released September 13, 2017 | Orfeo

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Classical - Released August 28, 2017 | Danacord Records

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Classical - Released August 21, 2017 | Marcophon

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Classical - Released August 11, 2017 | RSPO Chamber

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Classical - Released July 14, 2017 | Editions Audiovisuel Beulah

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Classical - Released July 7, 2017 | Chandos

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Classical - Released July 7, 2017 | Naxos

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Classical - Released June 30, 2017 | Berlin Classics

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The variation5 quintet (note the spelling: no capital letter and the number as shown) brings together five far-flung musicians: flautist Magali Mosnier (first solo flute of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra); the oboist Ramón Ortega Quero (first solo in the Bavarian Radio Orchestra); clarinettist Sebastian Manz (first solo of the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra); bassoonist Marc Trénél (solo bassoon in the Paris Orchestra); and horn player David Fernández Alonso (first solo horn player of the Rotterdam Philharmonic): let's just say it's always a challenge to bring together these five first-rate musicians, who play first-rate parts in Europe's first-rate orchestras! But when it works, the sparks fly. And so it is for this album, recorded at Baden-Baden, which brings together several works written between 1920 and 1940, which are nevertheless all very different, by Malcolm Arnold - the delicious Three Shanties; Carl Nielsen - the luminous and imposing Quintet; Paul Hindemith with his little gem, Kleine Kammermusic ("Little Chamber Music"); and Jean Françaix, whose music is still scandalously under-appreciated in France, where he has never really been forgiven for daring to write "light music" in a country where it is frowned upon. The widespread neglect of his music is an insult to the extraordinary harmonic, instrumental and melodic science of Françaix's work, and ignores a music with a devilish complexity. One final word on the choice of the works: they represent a real European spread, in the spirit of the range of musicians who make up variation5. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released June 16, 2017 | CAvi-music

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Classical - Released May 12, 2017 | Naxos

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Classical - Released April 21, 2017 | Ars Produktion

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