New Album Features Carl Nielsen’s Exuberant Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

On June 5, 2020, Music Director Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony release electrifying live recordings of Nielsen Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, the second installment in their recordings of all of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies.

Seattle Symphony Media’s latest  release, featuring Carl Nielsen’s earliest symphonic works, showcases the mastery of tonality and form for which he is known. These works give listeners a window into the composer’s sentimentality and humor. Inspired by Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Nielsen's Symphony No. 1 cites the Danish folk melodies of Nielsen’s childhood and evokes scenes from his youth. In Symphony No. 2, “The Four Temperaments,” Nielsen presents a musical sketch inspired by a painting he saw at a country inn, with each movement embodying a temperament: The Choleric, The Phlegmatic, The Melancholic and The Sanguine.

“As we face these challenging times together, I hope the vitality and joy of Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 are felt by those who listen to these recordings,” says Music Director Thomas Dausgaard. “Nielsen is among the most important composers from my home country Denmark, and one of my happiest memories is playing his ever-youthful First Symphony. I am delighted to have performed these beloved works with the Seattle Symphony and to be sharing them with audiences around the world through this album. Bringing the Nielsen cycle recordings to completion in Seattle will be a great honor to which I am looking forward.”

Bachtrack’s review of the Seattle Symphony’s performance of Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1 raved, “A work rarely heard in these parts, the Nielsen bursts forth in medias res […]. Dausgaard inspired the players to bring forth the symphony’s tremendous élan with shimmering colours."

Dausgaard has long been regarded for his take on the music of his countrymen. This Nielsen Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 release joins the critically acclaimed recordings of Nielsen Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 from Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony. The 2017 album received a Grammy Award nomination in Best Orchestral Performance, the Seattle Symphony’s first in the esteemed category.

Digital downloads and CDs are available through all major online music retailers and streaming services and will be available worldwide on June 5, 2020. This recording is also available in an immaculate 5.1 digital surround version engineered by 2017 Grammy Award winner for Best Surround Sound, Dmitriy Lipay. Digital downloads and CDs are available through iTunesAmazon, Acoustic Sounds and HD Tracks. Recordings can be streamed through Apple MusicSpotifyTidal and Primephonic.

Nielsen Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 is available for pre-order on Apple Music and Amazon starting May 22. Pre-order your copy and be the first to experience this thrilling recording.

Can’t wait? Download or stream Nielsen Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 today.

Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 were presented as part of the Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season. Thomas Dausgaard’s performances received additional support from the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun. Thomas Dausgaard’s performances of Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1 were generously underwritten by Charles and Maria Schweizer.

Posted on May 20, 2020

READ MORE BEYOND THE STAGE