***** - 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."
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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