Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nielsen, Carl. (1865-1931) Orchestral Works. The Nielsen Edition. CD 7.

From my collection.
Bought in 2012.
First listen: 22-3-2013.
Second listen: 21-3-2017. 
Label: Classico.
CD 7 from 10.
Recording dates: August 2005, opus 57 & November 1996, opus 43 and Serenata in vano.
Recording venue: Pardubice (Czech Republic) opus 57. Opus 43 and Serenata, unknown.
Recording engineers: Unknown.
Running time: 60:11.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, opus 57. (TOP RECOMMENDATION)
Wind quintet opus 43.
Serenata in vano, for Clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello and double bass.

Performed by:
Opus 57.
John Kruse, Clarinet. 
Cecile Boiffin, Side drum.
Czech Chamber PO, Douglas Bostock.

Scandinavian Chamber players.
Opus 43 and Serenata in vano.

I was totally boiled over by the clarinet concerto, which is perfectly performed and recorded in State of the Art sound. John Kruse's tone is velvety and warm. He plays with a lucidity that took my breath away, and this orchestra made the feast complete. Enough for me to label it a top recommendation, for its interpretation leaves nothing to wish for. From such an unknow quartier emerges a wonderful recording. The side drum is well played in the third movement, very alert, scrumptious even. All in all it is well projected as a whole. 
The Wind Quintet is a well written piece, with many fine variations along the road, and perfectly played and projected by a for me unknown band. But the Serenata in vano took the cake in every respect. Such a sensuous introduction, in a magical setting, as if started in Arabia. It made me think of his Aladdin Suite, the same sort of musical content. For me one of the best pieces Nielsen wrote for winds. And the double bass playing....wow.
The recording is top notch, but do not play it too loud, it gets rough at the edges at times. 




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