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Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 1 - Symphony No. 3 'Sinfonia Espansiva'

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

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Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 7, FS 16  
I. Allegro orgoglioso
Carl Nielsen; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
II. Andante
Carl Nielsen; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
III. Allegro comodo – Andante sostenuto – Tempo I
Carl Nielsen; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
Carl Nielsen; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
Symphony No. 3 'Sinfonia Espansiva', Op. 27, FS 60  
I. Allegro espansivo
Carl Nielsen; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
II. Andante pastorale
Carl Nielsen; Anu Komsi; Karl-Magnus Fredriksson; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
III. Allegretto un poco
Carl Nielsen; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
IV. Finale. Allegro
Carl Nielsen; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:17
"Five Stars ... it’s a joy to find so much intelligent care and attention expended on Nielsen’s First Symphony. You can feel the exuberance, the intellectual control and also the sense of danger ... the recordings too are excellent: richness but not a hint of congestion and plenty of clarity without sacrifice of atmosphere. All in all, a tonic."
- BBC Music Magazine

"Recording of the Month ... a Nielsen First to sweep listeners off their feet and blow old favourites into the proverbial weeds. (I commend) BIS for their bar-raising sonics ... punishing dynamics and a wide, deep soundstage make this the most immersive and exciting version of this symphony that I know ... you won’t find more compelling and better recorded performances of these two symphonies than this ... a field-leading release, both musically and sonically ..."
- MusicWeb International

This highly-praised ICMA-nominated release features Nielsen's rarely recorded Symphony No. 1 alongside the composer's better known Symphony No. 3, both played superbly by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra led by Sakari Oramo and presented in reference quality sound. The album is the middle volume in the orchestra's acclaimed cycle of Nielsen's symphonies.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Studio Masters

Original format: 24-bit / 96 kHz
Recording: January 2013 [Symphony No. 1] and May 2014 [Symphony No. 3] at the Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden
Producer: Jens Braun [Symphony No. 1]; Hans Kipfer [Symphony No. 3] (Take5 Music Production)
Sound engineer: Thore Brinkmann (Take5 Music Production)
Editing and mixing: Jens Braun [Symphony No. 1]; Hans Kipfer [Symphony No. 3]
Executive producer: Robert Suff
over text: © David Fanning 2014
Translations: Horst A. Scholz (German); Jean-Pascal Vachon (French) Front cover photo: © Juan Hitters
Back cover photo: © Jan-Olav Wedin
Typesetting, lay-out: Andrew Barnett (Compact Design)

Equipment: BIS’s recording teams use microphones from Neumann and Schoeps, audio electronics from RME, Lake People and DirectOut, MADI optical cabling technology, monitoring equipment from B&W,
STAX and Sennheiser, and Sequoia and Pyramix digital audio workstations.

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