Nielsen Symphonies 1 - 3 San Francisco Symphony

NIELSEN

Symphonies 1 - 3
Maskarade Overture
Aladdin Suite
San Francisco Symphony
Herbert Blomstedt
Int. Release 02 Aug. 1999
2 CDs / Download
2 CDs 0289 460 9852 3 df2 Decca DDD


Track List

CD 1: Nielsen:The Symphonies Nos. 1-3

Carl Nielsen (1865 - 1931)
Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.7

2.
6:50

Symphony No.2, Op.16 - "The Four Temperaments"

San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time: 1:05:14

CD 2: Nielsen:The Symphonies Nos. 1-3/Aladdin Suite/Maskarade Overture

Carl Nielsen (1865 - 1931)
Symphony No.3, Op.27 - "Espansiva"

San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt

Nancy Wait Kromm, Kevin McMillan, San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt

Maskarade, FS 39

5.
4:20

Aladdin, Op. 34 - Concert Suite

8.
2:30

San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt

San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt

San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt

12.
4:39

San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time: 1:04:49

Blomstedt is an experienced guide in this repertoire and it tells, particularly in the "Espansiva" . . . [the "tempo giusto" for the finale feels just right here.] And it is the underlying current on which this music is borne, that is so expertly judged . . . Blomstedt's is an affirmative, powerful reading . . . Blomstedt's account of both works strikes me as by far the most satisfying to have appeared for years and brings added lustre to a distinguished cycle.

. . . a classic no-brainer . . . does any other recording give you such a perfect combination of trenchant attack and natural-sounding acoustic -- that blend of impact, depth and warmth in the sound with an almost palpable sense of the thrills to come? . . . I also love the strength in depth of the strings and the fullness of the wind solos . . . [in the scherzo one of many things] Blomstedt gets right here is the way severity eventually yields to serenity, in turn clearing the air for the finale . . . [which is] all of a piece with the rest of his interpretation . . .