Listen to Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)

The post-Romantic Danish composer, Carl Nielsen, was born in 1865, the son of a painter and village musician. He studied at the Copenhagen Conservatory and developed his own personal style of composition, in particular in a series of important symphonies. Nielsen wrote six symphonies; of these the best known are Symphony No. 2, the four temperaments and Symphony No. 4, the inextinguishable (which the CIM orchestra is performing on September 27th). His concertos for clarinet, for flute and for violin have also found a place in symphonic repertoire as has the overture taken from the opera Maskarade. Check out some of the recordings we have of his music!


-Göteborgs symfoniker; Neeme Järvi, conductor; CDc 9810
-Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor; CDc 10, 175
-Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Herbert Blomstedt, conductor; CD 6153

Orchestral Music: Overtures & Suites

Odense Symphony Orchestra; Tamás Vetö, conductor; CDc 9766

Concertos: Violin & Clarinet

Emil Telmányi, violin; Louis Cahuzac, clarinet;
Royal Danish Orchestra, Egisto Tango, John Frandsen, conductors; CDc 10,001

Piano Music

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano; CDc 7883

Violin Music

Søren Elbæk, violin; CDc 3701

Wind quintet

Melos Ensemble; CDc 6154

Maskarade, comic opera

Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir; John Frandsen, conductor; CDc 9586


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