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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1000 on: May 12, 2017, 06:24:23 PM »
Well, I have to admit I didn't fully realize it was Decca until I the disc arrived. I didn't think about the label. I must have seen the label logo on the cover, but bells didn't ring in my head. Also, even Decca has good sound sometimes so you never know. The sound of this twofer (as for the symphonies) isn't particularly bad, just not as good as Leaper. Decca sound works much better on loudspeakers than headphones (spatial distortion). Someday I may try this twofer with loudspeakers (most of my listening is with headphones these days). I wonder what you would recommend now that you know I am not a die hard fan of Decca sound. Kuchar?

Well, that’s understandable. I mean I personally have never had a lot of issues with Decca’s audio quality through the years, but will freely admit that they, like any label, have made some missteps along the way. Honestly, I don’t know Kuchar’s Nielsen as well as I probably should, so I can’t recommend it (even though I’m quite aware there are many here who do, in fact, enjoy his performances). My favorite cycle overall is Oramo’s on BIS, but I know their recordings are quite expensive, so it might not be a first, second, or even third-choice for you.
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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1001 on: May 13, 2017, 04:03:42 AM »
Ok here's the deal, I'm going to count to ten and then turn around and you're gonna give me directions and if I land in the right place.....then I might join the club  8)

(btw, I already love that Wind Quintet)
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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1002 on: May 13, 2017, 04:26:14 AM »
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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1003 on: May 13, 2017, 06:10:53 AM »
Ok here's the deal, I'm going to count to ten and then turn around and you're gonna give me directions and if I land in the right place.....then I might join the club  8)

(btw, I already love that Wind Quintet)

I’m not sure what to recommend you. I’m also not sure how familiar you are with Nielsen’s symphonies and concerti, but these are the works I recommend you checking out. Listen to the symphonies in order to get a feel of how he developed as a composer as each symphony is a world of it’s own but you’d never mistake who the composer is for a second. His stylistic fingerprints are all over the place.
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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1004 on: May 13, 2017, 07:45:53 AM »
Here’s a question for the other Nielsenites here, how’s Douglas Bostock’s cycle? I’ve read some mixed reviews on his set. Some enjoy it, some say it’s underpowered, some complain about the audio quality, etc., so what’s the lowdown? Recommended?
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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1005 on: May 13, 2017, 09:05:38 AM »
Ok here's the deal, I'm going to count to ten and then turn around and you're gonna give me directions and if I land in the right place.....then I might join the club  8)

(btw, I already love that Wind Quintet)

Works to make you join the Nielsen club:

- Symphony No. 4, Op 29
- Clarinet Concerto, Op. 57
- Helios Overture, Op. 17

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This recording hasn't been done in vain! Good find Karl.  :)

Well, that’s understandable. I mean I personally have never had a lot of issues with Decca’s audio quality through the years, but will freely admit that they, like any label, have made some missteps along the way. Honestly, I don’t know Kuchar’s Nielsen as well as I probably should, so I can’t recommend it (even though I’m quite aware there are many here who do, in fact, enjoy his performances). My favorite cycle overall is Oramo’s on BIS, but I know their recordings are quite expensive, so it might not be a first, second, or even third-choice for you.

Well, I can live with Decca sound and sometimes it's even great (e.g. Aladdin Suite).

My problem with Blomstedt with symphonies 1 & 2 is the heavy Brahmsian feel and the style of recording doesn't help. I listened to Leaper's symphony 1 today to remind myself how it is and yes, it does not sound Brahmsian at all. Leaper has a more joyful and brighter feel that I find "nordic" and suitable for Nielsen's music. Blomstedt's Nielsen is "brown" while Leaper's is "yellow".

It seems that Blomstedt is much better with 4-6 so I might get the other twofer too. The first one was a great purchase for the mindblowingly good Aladdin Suite. Blomstedt made me really like the work, something Naxos completely fails to do.

I may consider Oramo because BIS has stellar sonics most of the time (even multichannel SACD!).
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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1006 on: May 18, 2017, 05:44:11 AM »
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The Opus 1!

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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1007 on: May 18, 2017, 05:55:27 AM »
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The Opus 1!

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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1008 on: May 18, 2017, 06:09:41 AM »
I'm going to do a chronological listen, though not relying on opus numbers. A couple of online versions of the newish CNW catalogue have information about dates.
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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1009 on: May 18, 2017, 06:09:58 AM »
Sweet.
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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1010 on: May 19, 2017, 04:00:36 AM »
All right! These have landed:
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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1011 on: May 19, 2017, 06:11:53 AM »
I have acquired Leaper's Espansiva. A very sympathetic reading, which I find beneficially lyrical and - as Poju writes - with a Nordic sound. A nice addition to my Nielsen library.


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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1012 on: May 19, 2017, 07:47:26 AM »
All right! These have landed:

Great! Interested to hear your opinion Karl once you have given them a spin or two.  ;)

I have acquired Leaper's Espansiva. A very sympathetic reading, which I find beneficially lyrical and - as Poju writes - with a Nordic sound. A nice addition to my Nielsen library.

Nice to hear that.  :)

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Re: Carl Nielsen
« Reply #1013 on: May 19, 2017, 10:45:09 AM »
Looks like I'm missing out on the Leaper love-fest.  :(

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