In the course of the next four years – leading up to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Carl Nielsen in 2015 – Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic will be giving live in concert recording performances of Carl Nielsen's six symphonies and three solo concertos. The result of this tour de force will be the release of a total of four CDs, the first of which will appear in the fall of 2012 featuring Nielsen's symphonies No. 2 and No. 3.
Nielsen Live at the Avery Fisher HallOn June 14th, 15th and 16th the New York Philharmonic will perform Nielsen's Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia espansiva, at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. Music Director Alan Gilbert looks forward to the series of concerts and recordings. He has a special interest in Scandinavian music and of Nielsen's music he says: "Carl Nielsen's music comes out of a classic Germanic symphonic tradition, but it's so distinctly Danish! It's very gripping and has a craggy edge to it that is characteristic of life in the high North. I'm sure that Nielsen's time has now come, and I am looking forward to sharing this wonderful music with audiences and CD listeners."
Danish composer Carl Nielsen.
The recordings represent the New York Philharmonic’s biggest recording project in decades and for Danes across the world, the fresh recording of Nielsen is a first class gift. In its own time, at the turn of the century, Nielsen's music embodied a handful of emerging Danish ideals – from health and vigor to cheek and satire.
Nielsen’s music is sometimes difficult, but ultimately life-encouraging, too. Even today, the composer's incessant playfulness and intense emotional edge along with his extraordinary embrace of musical energy incorporate the listeners in a spectacular way. This will surely also happen when Nielsen’s music goes abroad and when Alan Gilbert returns his New York Philharmonic to the Nielsen sound – The Nielsen Project.
Unable to Attend the Nielsen Concerts in June?Don’t worry – so much more to come! Denmark is a pioneer in cutting edge audio technology and Danish-based Dacapo Records ensures that New York Philharmonic’s recording sessions with Chief Conductor Alan Gilbert will be based on state-of-the-art technology. In the fall of 2012 through the 2015-16 season, Nielsen's orchestral music will be released in premium sound quality, in stereo as well as surround sound.
Go to DaCapo's website to follow the Nielsen Project and stay updated on Danish music production in a contemporary perspective.
Live ConcertsWhat: Alan Gilbert conducts Nielsen, Beethoven, and Korngold. New York Philharmonic performs Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia espansiva by Carl Nielsen.When: Thursday, June 14 at 7:30pm, Friday, June 15 at 2pm & Saturday, June 16 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm Pre-Concert Talk: Want to know more about the music you will be hearing? Concert ticket holders can join Saturday at 1pm for an engaging and insightful backstage musical preview. Price: $7: Where: Avery Fisher Hall, New York Philharmonic, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York (on the north side of Lincoln Center, at Broadway and West 65th Street.)Tickets: $31.00-$118.00More info: New York Philharmonic
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