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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra|Carl Nielsen : Complete Symphonies

Carl Nielsen : Complete Symphonies

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - John Storgards

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Recorded with the BBC Philharmonic between 2012 and 2015, John Storgårds' box set of the six symphonies of Carl Nielsen follows his 2014 Sibelius cycle on the same label, and he maintains the same high standards of interpretation and performance that made the previous set worthwhile. Storgårds conducts Nielsen's symphonies with an emphasis on their intellectual rigor, muscular counterpoint, and rugged orchestration, so for the most part he eschews lushness and rich tone colors and opts instead for lean textures and crisp articulation, which are essential to Nielsen's sound. Yet these performances are surprisingly vibrant and colorful, and quite appealing for their clarity and distinct separation of parts, while the reproduction gives the musicians a sense of space and presence. However, listeners who have grown accustomed to Chandos' superb audiophile recordings will be disappointed that these are standard stereo CDs, and as good as they sound, they would have been incredible in the multichannel format. As it stands, Storgårds' cycle faces direct competition from Alan Gilbert's hybrid SACD set with the New York Philharmonic, so with comparable approaches and rather similar musical results, this package's clearest advantage is its affordability.
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Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 7, FS 16 (Carl Nielsen)

1
I. Allegro orgoglioso
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:41

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

2
II. Andante
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:06:32

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

3
III. Allegro comodo
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:08:05

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

4
IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:12

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

Symphony No. 2, Op. 16, FS 29 "The 4 Temperaments" (Carl Nielsen)

5
I. Allegro collerico
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:51

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

6
II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:04:16

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

7
III. Andante malincolico
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:12:01

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

8
IV. Allegro sanguineo
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:07:00

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

DISC 2

Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, FS 60 "Sinfonia espansiva" (Carl Nielsen)

1
I. Allegro espansivo
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:12:38

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

2
II. Andante pastorale
Gillian Keith
00:09:10

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor - Mark Stone, Artist - Gillian Keith, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

3
III. Allegretto un poco
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:06:35

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

4
IV. Finale. Allegro
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:09:45

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, FS 76 "The Inextinguishable" (Carl Nielsen)

5
I. Allegro -
Paul Turner
00:11:31

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor - Paul Turner, Artist, MainArtist - Geraint Daniel, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

6
II. Poco allegretto -
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:04:27

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

7
III. Poco adagio quasi andante -
Paul Turner
00:10:27

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor - Paul Turner, Artist, MainArtist - Geraint Daniel, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

8
IV. Allegro
Paul Turner
00:08:44

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor - Paul Turner, Artist, MainArtist - Geraint Daniel, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

DISC 3

Symphony No. 5, Op. 50, FS 97 (Carl Nielsen)

1
Ia. Tempo giusto -
John Bradbury
00:10:12

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Bradbury, Artist, MainArtist - John Storgårds, Conductor - Paul Patrick, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

2
Ib. Adagio -
John Bradbury
00:09:36

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Bradbury, Artist, MainArtist - John Storgårds, Conductor - Paul Patrick, Artist

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

3
IIa. Allegro -
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:06:14

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

4
IIb. Presto -
John Bradbury
00:03:04

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Bradbury, Artist, MainArtist - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

5
IIc. Andante un poco tranquillo -
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:03:57

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

6
IId. Allegro
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:03:06

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

Symphony No. 6, FS 116 "Sinfonia semplice" (Carl Nielsen)

7
I. Tempo giusto
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:13:51

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

8
II. Humoreske
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:04:12

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

9
III. Proposta seria
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:06:25

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

10
IV. Tema con variazioni
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
00:10:51

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Nielsen, Composer - John Storgårds, Conductor

(C) 2015 Chandos (P) 2015 Chandos

Album Description

Recorded with the BBC Philharmonic between 2012 and 2015, John Storgårds' box set of the six symphonies of Carl Nielsen follows his 2014 Sibelius cycle on the same label, and he maintains the same high standards of interpretation and performance that made the previous set worthwhile. Storgårds conducts Nielsen's symphonies with an emphasis on their intellectual rigor, muscular counterpoint, and rugged orchestration, so for the most part he eschews lushness and rich tone colors and opts instead for lean textures and crisp articulation, which are essential to Nielsen's sound. Yet these performances are surprisingly vibrant and colorful, and quite appealing for their clarity and distinct separation of parts, while the reproduction gives the musicians a sense of space and presence. However, listeners who have grown accustomed to Chandos' superb audiophile recordings will be disappointed that these are standard stereo CDs, and as good as they sound, they would have been incredible in the multichannel format. As it stands, Storgårds' cycle faces direct competition from Alan Gilbert's hybrid SACD set with the New York Philharmonic, so with comparable approaches and rather similar musical results, this package's clearest advantage is its affordability.
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