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Nielsen: Orchestral Works
Carl Nielsen, Lance Friedel, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Nielsen: Orchestral Works
Genres: New Age, Classical
 
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Carl Nielsen has become a standard bearer for Danish art and culture throughout the world. His music is intensely personal, extremely well crafted, and boldly colorful. Nielsen?s shorter works for orchestra have not attain...  more »

     
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All Artists: Carl Nielsen, Lance Friedel, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Title: Nielsen: Orchestral Works
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Label: MSR Classics
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 8/9/2005
Genres: New Age, Classical
Styles: Meditation, Chamber Music, Forms & Genres, Theatrical, Incidental & Program Music, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 681585115022

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Carl Nielsen has become a standard bearer for Danish art and culture throughout the world. His music is intensely personal, extremely well crafted, and boldly colorful. Nielsen?s shorter works for orchestra have not attained the notoriety of his symphonies, but are nonetheless rewarding pieces. They perhaps show a more subjective side of the composer, highlighting his ability to create individual tone-pictures of great beauty and atmosphere. American Conductor Lance Friedel is currently enjoying an active career in Europe and the USA . He has served as Music Director of the Providence Chamber Orchestra in Rhode Island and as a frequent guest conductor of numerous orchestras throughout the world. Mr. Friedel was awarded first prize at the 2001 Mario Gusella International Conductors Competition in Pescara , Italy . As a result of this prestigious prize, he has been engaged to conduct concerts with orchestras throughout Italy , as well as in Hungary . In 1994 Mr. Friedel was the first-prize winner at the Czech Music Workshop, and was invited to conduct the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra the following season. In 1995 and 1996, Mr. Friedel was awarded first prize at the Marienbad Conducting Workshop, and was invited to conduct concerts with the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Friedel has attended master classes under such esteemed maestros as Leonard Slatkin, Andre Previn, and Lorin Maazel, and has attended numerous workshops and seminars, including the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg , the Aspen Music Festival, and Tanglewood. His conducting teachers have included Gustav Meier, Michael Charry, and Georg Tintner. A graduate of Boston University , Mr. Friedel has also studied at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore , the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna , and the Mannes College of Music in New York .
 

CD Reviews

Best Nielsen Collection
William Wishart, Jr. | Concord, NH USA | 10/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I really enjoyed this CD. Nielsen's music is immediately captivating, full of atmosphere, color and humor. I had not heard of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, but they play beautifully throughout this disc, and produce just the right sound for this music. And conductor Lance Friedel's interpretations are totally convincing.



The Maskarade Overture won me over right away. It's fun and exciting, with a race-to-the-finish ending. "At the Bier of a Young Artist" makes a good contrast - a lyrical and touching piece for string orchestra, played here with great intensity.



The Helios Overture is my favorite. Of the two other recordings I've heard, one (Willen) plays the piece in about 10 minutes, and is rather dry. The other (Rozhdestvensky) is ponderous and slow at nearly 15 minutes. Friedel, at about 12 minutes, gets it just right. There is wonderful atmosphere in the beginning, and plenty of life and drama later on. The end is gorgeous. This alone is worth the price of the CD.



Similarly, Rozhdestvensky's performance of the Bohemian-Danish Folk Melody is just way too slow. Friedel's is warm and songful, with a rapturous ending.



The Aladdin Suite is a true masterpiece (why isn't this music better known?). Friedel and the orchestra beautifully capture the shifting moods and colors of these oriental dances. The last movement in this recording will lift you out of your seat - it really rocks!



This disc is a perfect introduction to Nielsen's music. From here one can move on to the symphonies (with Blomstedt or Chung) and the wonderful Woodwind Quintet. A superb CD!

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