Nielsen Symphonies. 4 classcd298
classcd298 -Carl Nielsen -Symphonies. 4*(new edition)Royal Liverpool Philharmonic - Douglas Bostock November 2000
Peter Olufsen, President of Classico
“We chose to record the new Carl Nielsen Editions because it is our aim to get as closely as possible to the composer’s scores. However, “Authenticity” is seen as a means to an end rather than a goal in its own right. Douglas Bostock and the RLPO breathe new life into Nielsen’s music. The recordings sing out with an affirmation of life in Nielsen’s sense and a spontaneity which gives the impression of the music being composed as one listens to it”
The new Carl Nielsen Edition is being produced as a co-operation between the Royal Danish Library and Wilhelm Hansen music publishers to eradicate many errors which have accumulated over the years This authenticity is further enhanced in the Classico recordings by careful attention to many instructions in the original scores, and by reference to historic performances. The seating of the strings, for example, is as Nielsen himself expected and would have been used to.
The consultant for the Classico Nielsen series is Knud Ketting, the foremost Danish authority on Carl Nielsen. He has also written the fascinating texts to be found in the CD booklets. He is currently working on a new, major biography of the composer.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has an earthy depth to its sound, warm and passionate yet with brilliance and verve - the orchestra is ideally suited to Nielsen’s symphonies in all their facets. The musicians display great dedication to the music and demonstrate real involvement in its constant ebb and flow.
Eddie Thomas, RLPS Artistic Executive
“The RLPO is an orchestra with a great recording history to its name. This international collaboration with the independent Danish CD label Classico is a timely continuation. The RLPO has a a long tradition of Nielsen performances, whilst Douglas Bostock represents a new generation of Nielsen conductors. His deep affinity with Nielsen’s music, dedication to the scores and strong rapport with the RLPO make an exciting partnership.”
“It’s a great joy to be involved in recording the composer’s complete symphonies - and some other orchestral works - in this edition for Classico with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, a world class orchestra with a strong Nielsen tradition and superb sound which suits the music ideally. It’s a truly wonderful and inspiring experience to perform and record Nielsen with the RLPO” Douglas Bostock.
REVIEWS ALREADY IN FOR THE FIRST VOLUME:
"...A finely paced account with plenty of breadth and nobility, and no lack of fire...I was particularly impressed by the keenness of response Bostock gets from his players."
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE DECEMBER 1999
"Virile performances of early and late Nielsen. Douglas Bostock conducts a reliable account of one of the century’s great symphonies [No.5]"
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH NOVEMBER 7 1999
"Bostock’s is definitely a clear front runner amongst modern versions. I await further releases in this series with bated breath. In the meantime this shattering 5th will keep me going till the end of the century."
MUSIC ON THE WEB NOVEMBER 1999