Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)

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Focusing on the recognition for both Nielsen's first symphony and his first choral work.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Denmark's best-known composer, Carl Nielsen.

Donald concentrates on how Nielsen met his first wife on his travels through Europe and got public recognition - for both his maiden symphony and first choral work, A Hymn to Love.

Arabesque (Five Piano Pieces)

Martin Roscoe (piano)

Hyperion CDA675912 Tr 42 or 41

Little Suite for Strings

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Iona Brown (conductor)

Virgin Classics VC545224-2 Trs 15-17

Song behind the Plough

Aksel Schiotz (tenor)

Danacord DACOCD 365367 CD1 Tr 4

Symphony No 1 (1st mvt)

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

BIS-CD-454 Tr 4

Hymnus amoris

Barbara Bonney (soprano)

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Lars Pedersen (baritone)

Bo Anker Hansen (bass)

Danish National Radio Choir

Copenhagen Boys' Choir

Decca 452 486-2.

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Carl Nielsen, Denmark's best-known composer.

He focuses on Nielsen's wife Marie's pursuit of her own career as a sculptor which kept her away from home for months at a time, leaving the composer to face life-changing decisions on his own.

In spite of professional setbacks and a variety of health scares, he continued to compose and in 1906 produced Maskarade, a comic opera about the pleasures and perils of masked balls.

With highlights from Maskarade plus a complete performance of his fourth and final string quartet and part of the successful third symphony - his Sinfonia Espansiva.

Du Danske Mand

Einar Norby (baritone)

Folmer Jensen (piano)

Danacord DACOCD365-367, CD 1 Tr 20

Maskarade (excerpt)

Jeronimus....Aage Haugland (bass)

Leander....Gert-Henning Jensen (tenor)

Henrik....Bo Skovhus (baritone)

Leonard....Kurt Ravn (baritone)

Arv....Michael Kristensen (tenor)

Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Ulf Schirmer (conductor)

Decca 460 228/9-2, CD1 Trs 9, 10, 11

String Quartet No 4

Kontra Quartet

BIS-CD-503/4, CD2 Trs 5-8

Symphony No 3 (4th mvt)

National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

Adrian Leaper (conductor)

Naxos 8.550825 Tr 8.

WIth Nielsen's comic opera about masked balls and his final string quartet.

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Carl Nielsen, Denmark's best-known composer.

In 1914, after his resignation as conductor at the Royal Theatre, Nielsen's conducting career wasn't going so well.

Things began to look up when he was offered work in Sweden and appointed conductor of Copenhagen's Philharmonic Orchestra.

His personal life was in crisis, too - his wife had asked for a legal separation, a situation which would last for the next eight years.

Donald introduces works from those turbulent years, including his Piano Suite, regarded as the most important music Nielsen wrote for the instrument, part of the Wind Quintet written for five friends and his most popular choral work - the folk oratorio Springtime in Funen.

Afsted!

Aksel Schiotz

Danacord DACOCD365-367 CD1 Tr 8

Suite

Martin Roscoe (piano)

Hyperion CDA67591/2, CD2 Tr 1

Wind Quintet (4th mvt)

Athena Ensemble

Chandos 10454 X Trs 1-3

Springtime in Funen

Inga Nielsen (soprano)

Peter Gronlund (tenor)

Sten Byriel (bass-baritone)

Children's Chorus of Sankt Annae Gymnasium

Leif Segerstam (conductor)

Chandos CHAN8853 Tr 3.

Donald Macleod presents works from when Nielsen's career and personal life were in crisis.

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Carl Nielsen, Denmark's best-known composer.

Six years before he died in 1931, Nielsen's sixtieth birthday was declared a national holiday in Denmark.

The festivities held in his honour demonstrated the esteem with which he was held in his native land.

But disillusionment with his lack of international success clouded his final years.

Donald introduces some of Nielsen's works from those years, including his witty flute concerto, part of his final symphony and an evocation of a voyage to the Faeroe Islands.

Piano Music for Young and Old No 7

Martin Roscoe (piano)

Hyperion CDA67591-2 CD1 Tr 14

Three Pieces (No 3)

Hyperion CDA67591-2 CD2 Tr 25

A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

DG 447757-2 Tr 4

Flute Concerto

Gareth Davies (flute)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kees Bakels (conductor)

Naxos 8.554189 Trs 5-6

Three Motets (No 3)

Danish National Radio Chamber Choir

Stefan Parkman (conductor)

Chandos CHAN 8853 Tr 6

Symphony No 6 (4th mvt)

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

Finlandia 3984-29714-2 Tr 8.

Donald Macleod presents some of Nielsen's works from his final years.

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Donald Macleod Donald focuses on Nielsen's Hymnus amoris and his marriage to a sculptor.

"Hymnus Amoris" and marriage brought Carl Nielsen the hope that he would reach a united goal in life and love, with his young wife, the sculptor Anne Marie Brodersen.

The reality of two such dedicated artists sharing their lives proved even more challenging than his aspiration.

"Hymnus Amoris" and marriage brought Carl Nielsen the hope that he would reach a united goal in life and love, with his young wife, the sculptor Anne Marie Brodersen. The reality of two such dedicated artists sharing their lives proved even more challenging than his aspiration.

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Donald Macleod on how Nielsen's final years were marked by full recognition of his talent.

Despite ongoing health problems, in later years, Carl Nielsen remained as much of an innovator as in his youth.

His Opus 45 Piano Suite shows how receptive he was to current musical trends, while one of his final compositions looks back to the sixteenth century and the music of Palestrina.

Presented by Donald Macleod.