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Nielsen

Magazine article Gramophone

Nielsen

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Nielsen

Symphonies--No 1, Op 7; No 4, 'Inextinguishable', Op 29

New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Alan Gilbert

Dacapo [F] [SACD] 6 220624 (69' * DDD/DSD)

Recorded live at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, March 12-15, 2014

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I find myself rather more favourably disposed to this second instalment of Alan Gilbert's Nielsen cycle than I was to the first (12/12). That's partly because I think he has a surer grasp of the First and Fourth Symphonies than of the Second and Third, but also partly because I think I'm acclimatising to his approach.

If I have it right, Gilbert is on something of a crusade. He seems enthralled by Nielsen's invigorating energy and equally so by his lyrical charm. And while the previous recordings erred on the affectionate side, here he is absolutely determined not to interrupt the all-important flow. So the transitions in the Inextinguishable, both within the first movement and between it and the next, are unusually intense, and the later stages of the finale are more jet-propelled than I think I've ever heard. The Poco allegretto may not be all that rustic but it is nothing if not refined, and the following Poco adagio is superbly eloquent. …

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