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Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 ()

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Even though the revival of Carl Nielsen's music in the late '60s proved to be nearly as revelatory as the slightly earlier promotion of Gustav Mahler's symphonies, the pace of recordings at the time was quite sluggish. Indeed, by the early 1970s, the discography of Nielsen's symphonies included a smattering of releases by Leonard Bernstein and Eugene Ormandy for Columbia, Jascha Horenstein on Nonesuch, and Ole Schmidt on Unicorn, along with these utterly superior recordings by Herbert Blomstedt and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra for EMI. The six symphonies and two additional orchestral works, Bohemian-Danish Folk Tunes and the Andante lamentoso (At the Bier of a Young Artist), were all recorded between 1973 and 1975, and for their time were the best available recordings of Nielsen's key works. While they have been superseded in terms of sound quality -- note Theodore Kuchar's exceptional 2005 set on Brilliant -- they have hardly been improved upon in terms of interpretation and execution. Anyone... Hide synopsis

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