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Nielsen - Symphonies Nos 2 & 3

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

London Symphony Orchestra


Colin Davis


Marcus Farnsworth

- (baritone)

Emily Hall

- (soprano)

Venue:

Barbican, London



Producer:

James Mallinson



Engineer:

Neil Hutchinson



Record Label
LSO

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 66:35
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Symphony No.2 'The Four Temperaments' *

 
1 Allegro collerico (Choleric) 9:57
2 Allegro comodo e flemmatico (Phlegmatic) 4:16
3 Andante malincolico (Melancholic) 9:54
4 Allegro sanguineo - Marziale (Sanguine) 7:47
   
 

Symphony No.3 'Sinfonia Espansiva' **

 
5 Allegro espansivo 11:28
6 Andante pastorale 7:26
7 Allegretto un poco 6:29
8 Finale: Allegro 9:18
   

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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 2 and 3 – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Nielsen’s Second Symphony was inspired by a naïve but vivid painting representing the Four Temperaments of the human personality. Adopting one of these defining characters for each of the symphony’s movements Nielsen realised a sonic depiction of emotion. The Third, the most openly Danish of his symphonies, portrays spaciousness, power, and vitality and is considered his greatest international achievement.



                   Music *** (Good)       Sound *** (Good)

Michael Kube - Fono Forum magazine - November 2013


 "...olin Davis’s controlled, neoclassical approach is refreshing. The London Symphony playes like a great Nielsen orchestra with its crisp winds and brass and clear silky strings, and it takes such an orchestra to make Davis’s cool approach work..."

Roger Hecht - American Record Guide - May/June 2013


                         ***** - Exceptional 

Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine - April 2013


                           Performance  ****       Recording ***

"... an exhilarating display of the life-force at full blast in both composer and conductor."

Anthony Burton - BBC Music magazine - May 2013


           **** - Excellent album

John Tyler Tuttle - Classica magazine - April 2013


"... Davis’s readings are a notable achievement, and one can only admire his having taken on a major cycle..."
 
Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - March 2013

 "...Sir Colin Davis’s interpretations of the great Dane’s idiosyncratic and tempestuous scores have been revelations." 

 
The Times (UK)

"...With this sublime setting down of Symphonies 2 & 3, Colin Davis brings to a triumphant conclusion his enlightening Nielsen symphony cycle. The first title in the series, Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5, was an instant critical success (with some caveats), while the second, with Symphonies 1 & 6, was similarly acclaimed. Nielsen’s Second Symphony was a result of the composer’s exposure to a naïve painting representing the four temperaments of the human personality. The Third is the most characteristically Danish of his symphonies, and is given a non-pareil reading here in glowing surround sound which tames the Barbican acoustic." 
 
Classical CD Choice (UK)

"Zesty and affectionate, with depth of feeling when required, there is a freshness to this account that makes it worth hearing, and the joyous finale has a bounce that is infectious."

Classical Source


           Pick of the Week 
"Colin Davis establishes himself as a first-class Nielsenian on our pick of the week ... With this coupling, Davis leaves the best for last, too: Nielsen’s most accessible symphony, “The Four Temperaments” (No 2), a work ideally suited to Davis’s volatile humours; and the “Sinfonia Espansiva”, arguably the composer’s greatest and most characteristically nationalist."
 
The Sunday Times



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