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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5


Nielsen Symphonies Nos 4&5

Nielsen Symphonies Nos 4&5


Sir Colin Davis conductor

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Despite giving titles to the majority of his symphonies, Danish composer Carl Nielsen was often vague about what influenced each work. Nevertheless he was a master symphonist and his music is mesmerising, combining propulsive energy with lyrical invention.

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Editor's Choice Gramophone (UK)
Album Choice of the Month
Best Classical Recordings List Telegraph

Hi-FI News (UK)

Classical Albums of 2011
‘the great British maestro brings the expansiveness and rigour of his celebrated Sibelius to two of the Danish composer’s most frequently heard symphonies’
The Sunday Times(UK)

Disc of the Week 'Davis's Fifth is even finer than his Fourth, and his taut grasp on the pulse of this music is magisterial' Sunday Times (UK)

'The playing and recording are both exemplary' The Guardian (UK)

Album Choice 'The LSO is on top form throughout in one of the more successful Barbican recordings – the all-important timpani parts are ideally incisive' Hi-Fi News (UK)

Choice of the Month Orchestral BBC Music Magazine (UK)

'(Davis's) 4th is thrilling ... his strings are excellent, as is the rest of the orchestra ... Davis is able to balance the moments of ferocity with the moments of peace' American Record Guide (US)

'Cracking energy marks both performances, particularly the Inextinguishable which is given a virtuoso fast-paced reading of immense power. The two sets of timpani in the finale are beautifully recorded'  (UK)


Sir Colin Davis conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer

Symphony No 4 recorded May 2009, Barbican, London
Symphony No 5 recorded October 2010, Barbican London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

Catalogue number - LSO0694
UPC - 822231169420

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