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Discussion: Nielsen: Symphonies Vol. I - Oramo

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Post by samayoeruorandajin December 7, 2013 (1 of 28)
Yeah, Robert. This is going to be a great series.

Post by ClassicalDJ December 7, 2013 (2 of 28)
Wonderful!

Post by Jonalogic December 7, 2013 (3 of 28)
I must confess, also, I am looking forward to this set.

The Davis recordings on LSO Live are sonically dreadful and musically patchy.

The first DaCapo of symphonies 2 and 3 was better (especially 2, its 3 was iffy) but still hampered by a dust-bowl acoustic.

So, the Oramo set has the potential to sweep the board. Bring it on!

Post by Simon V. December 7, 2013 (4 of 28)
Jonalogic said:

The first DaCapo of symphonies 2 and 3 was better (especially 2, its 3 was iffy) but still hampered by a dust-bowl acoustic.

The NYP brass are tremendous, but I should imagine that BIS can improve on Dacapo's sound.

Post by nucaleena December 7, 2013 (5 of 28)
have been looking forward to this for months, ever since Robert signalled that it was coming. Like jonalogic, I found both the Davis and the Gilbert suffered from dreadful acoustics and a noisy audience (NY in winter for Gilbert). I was consequently excited when Robert indicated that the whole series would be studio-recorded. I appreciate that live recordings make things cheaper for record labels and that you can sometimes get an extra frisson, but still prefer studio for eliminating the extraneous and the unwanted. Strenght to bissie's bow!!

Post by terence February 7, 2014 (6 of 28)
5 star review from today's Guardian:

"Though the two greatest symphonists the Nordic countries have produced, Sibelius and Nielsen, are often yoked together, the demands they make on conductors are strikingly different. Osmo Vänskä's first cycle of the Sibelius symphonies for BIS is arguably the finest on disc of the last 30 years; the Nielsen cycle that followed it was less convincing. With Sakari Oramo, though, the reverse seems likely. Oramo's Sibelius, which he recorded for Erato when he was with the Birmingham orchestra, had its moments, but never swept its rivals aside but this first instalment of a full set of the Nielsen symphonies suggests it could be very special: the performances have an irresistible momentum. The opening movement of the Fourth, the Inextinguishable, is thrillingly urgent without ever sounding forced or rushed, and its slow movement grows naturally and inevitably to its apotheosis. The Fifth seems equally coherent; every facet of its tumultuous opening movement is carefully controlled and precisely paced, the second movement is joyously affirmative. In both symphonies the Stockholm orchestra responds wonderfully too".

Post by Euell Neverno February 11, 2014 (7 of 28)
One of BIS' best, IMO.

Post by hiredfox February 12, 2014 (8 of 28)
Will this be a 9-day wonder as well? We were promised Nielsen sets from LSO and NYPO but these have not materialised. As with Prokofiev we never seem to get past first base these days so I'll accept this disc for what it is - the easy familiar stuff - and if others turn up so be it. The other versions of these symphonies are pretty good so do we really need another? If it leads to a complete survey then by all means otherwise no thanks.

Post by bissie February 12, 2014 (9 of 28)
hiredfox said:

Will this be a 9-day wonder as well? We were promised Nielsen sets from LSO and NYPO but these have not materialised. As with Prokofiev we never seem to get past first base these days so I'll accept this disc for what it is - the easy familiar stuff - and if others turn up so be it. The other versions of these symphonies are pretty good so do we really need another? If it leads to a complete survey then by all means otherwise no thanks.

It will - we at BIS are completists...

Robert

Post by samayoeruorandajin February 12, 2014 (10 of 28)
I look forward to getting this set. Do you know when the rest of the set will be complete?

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