Friday, February 10, 2017

Nielsen, Carl.(1865-1931) Complete Chamber music for Winds.

New acquisition.
Bought in February 2017.
First listen: 10-2-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: January 2013.
Recording venue: Heart,  Henning museum of Contemporary Art, Danmark.
Recording engineer: Preben Iwan.
Running time: 51:35.
Classical relevance: Well worth having.

Works performed:
The Mist is rising, for Flute & Harp.
Serenata in vano, for Cello, Double bass, Clarinet, French Horn & Bassoon.
Fantasy Pieces opus 2, for Oboe and Piano.
The Children are playing for Flute solo.
Fantasy piece, for Clarinet and piano.
Faith & Hope are playing for Flute and viola.
Canto serioso for French Horn and piano.
Quintet opus 43 for Flute Oboe, Clarinet, French Horn & Bassoon.

Performed by:
Ensemble Midtvest.

I came somewhat as a surprise, that Nielsen his chamber music is of such a high level. I heard here and there a few things from him, but never lingered long enough to grasp what was on offer. This disc has certainly changed that. Every one of the works on this disc is a gem. All works differ in instrumentation and length, it's a bit like unity through diversity. Lyrical as such with some unorthodox music that will tickle your ears in a pleasant way. I think the music is imaginative and interesting.
There is also a lightness of touch in all that this ensemble does. And since they control the dynamics very carefully, it is all sparkle and lightness. The music has a substantial message though. Flawless counterpoint which makes it a fluent traversal through some fine chamber music. The recording and performance reflects the quality of the music.





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