Tag Archives: Nielsen

Return to the harem: Marianne Crebassa seduces in Ravel’s Shéhérazade in Paris

Aladdin: Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse/Sokhiev ***** Philharmonie, Paris, 20th May 2017 With barely time for coffee and baklava after the Orchestre Pasdeloup’s Arabian matinee, I stepped boldly back into the harem. Scheherazade resumed her tales in the Philharmonie’s Mille … Continue reading

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Battle lines drawn: bracing Haydn and Nielsen from Paavo Järvi and the Philharmonia

Nielsen, Haydn: Paavo Järvi Philharmonia **** Royal Festival Hall, 19th November 2015 It was the percussion which took the starring role as Haydn and Nielsen engaged in a lively skirmish at the Royal Festival Hall. In his “Military” Symphony, Haydn holds … Continue reading

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Prom 46: Great Danes in spirited Carl Nielsen anniversary celebration

Nielsen/Brahms: Danish NSO/Luisi **** Royal Albert Hall, 20th August 2015 “Denmark is not all Lego and pastries!” quipped Nikolaj Znaider to the Albert Hall audience. Indeed not. It is the land of Carl Nielsen, whose 150th birthday was celebrated in … Continue reading

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Storgårds’ sturdy Nielsen cycle with the BBC Philharmonic

Nielsen: Symphonies 1-6 (Chandos CHAN 10859(3)) One of the major disappointments in this season’s BBC  Proms schedule is the absence of a Nielsen symphony cycle in this, the composer’s 150th anniversary year. However, the Beeb has done the great Dane … Continue reading

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Genial Nielsen from the BBC SO and Sakari Oramo

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo *** Barbican, 16th January 2015 My introduction to Carl Nielsen was an interval feature on a television Proms broadcast, presented by comedian Alexei Sayle. It opened with photographs featuring the young Nielsen pulling grotesque gargoyle-like faces, … Continue reading

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