Friday, April 7, 2017

Nielsen, Carl. (1865-1931) Piano Works. CD 8&9.

From my collection.
Bought in 2012.
First listen: 29-3-2013 & 3-4-2013.
Second listen: 7-4-2017.
Label: Classico.
CD 8 & 9 from 10.
Recording dates:  1992-1993.
Recording venue: Not mentioned.
Recording engineer: Not mentioned.
Running time: 63:44 & 62:35.
Classical relevance to me: Well worth having.

Works performed:
Five piano pieces, opus 3.
Symphonic suite, opus 8.
Humoresque bagatelles, opus 11.
Festive prelude. (The Musical clock).
The Dream of "Silent Night".
Chaconne, opus 32.
Theme with variations, opus 40.
Suite opus 45.
Three piano pieces, opus 59, posth.
Piano music for children and adults.

Performed by:
Anne Øland, piano.


Anne Øland is a truly gifted musician. She has a poetic strain, as well as the power to command bolder works. Nielsen offers both, his piano compositions are intriguing.  They provoke a certain expectancy, quite uncommon from Scandinavian quarters, save maybe from Jean Sibelius. Nielsen his piano works are sadly neglected for no good reason. They can be robust in expression, and there are moments of hard hitting notes. The passion overwhelms him sometimes, and he rows against the stream quite forcefully. Just sample the Chaconne opus 32. A good example of what I mean. But on the whole there are many moments of great beauty like in the five piano pieces opus 3. Five movements of short duration, but with a plethora of colours and expression. This is the other side of Nielsen. The Suite opus 45 gives another example of Nielsen's versatility and his creative mind. The introduction ot the Theme with variations, opus 40 is impressive too, and has an enormous depth and intensity.
The recordings are quite good. 



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