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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 1 & 6

LSO0715 SACD

Nielsen Symphonies Nos 1 & 6

Nielsen Symphonies Nos 1 & 6



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Sir Colin Davis conductor

CD of the Week 'Davis and the LSO triumph in this recording ... In this gripping performance, it [Symphony No 6] emerges as one of the 20th century’s most beguilingly original works' Sunday Times (UK)

Disc of the Week Radio 3, CD Review

***** Audiophile Audition

‘Those who enjoyed the first issue in this Nielsen cycle will certainly not be disappointed with this one' SA-CD.net (UK)

Nielsen’s First Symphony draws inspiration from Brahms and Dvořak but also contains hints of the progressive tonality for which he was later celebrated. His enigmatic final symphony, entitled Sinfonia Semplice (Simple Symphony), suggesting a work of “entirely idyllic character”, turns out to be anything but this. Though written 30 years apart, both works feature folk-inflections, tonal ambiguity, and Nielsen’s distinctive anti-Romantic style.




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Reviews

CD of the Week 'Davis and the LSO triumph in this recording ... In this gripping performance, it [Symphony No 6] emerges as one of the 20th century’s most beguilingly original works' Sunday Times (UK)

Disc of the Week Radio 3, CD Review

***** 'stunning hi-res surround, this moves to first place' Audiophile Audition
‘Those who enjoyed the first issue in this Nielsen cycle will certainly not be disappointed with this one. One eagerly awaits Davis's accounts of Symphonies 2 and 3 that are due to be issued later this year… Davis brings a prodigious amount of bracing energy both to the symphony's [Symphony No 1] Scherzo and the Finale, whose triumphant C major ending could hardly be delivered with more exhilaration… Colin Davis and the LSO rise to the challenge of this strange and puzzling symphony [Symphony No 6] with a convincingly thoughtful performance.’ SA-CD.net (UK)

‘Sir Colin Davis and the LSO do both pieces proud, which has been captured in vivid and tangible sound’ Time Out (UK)

'This second CD lives up to the high standard set by its predecessor' Financial Times (UK)

Artists

Sir Colin Davis conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

Symphony No 1 recorded October 2011, Barbican, London
Symphony No 6 recorded May & June 2011, Barbican London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

Catalogue number - LSO0715
UPC - 822231171522

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