In Performance, on Recordings, and Over Time
Alan Gilbert believes that every music lover should know Carl Nielsen (1865–1931). That is why he has spearheaded The Nielsen Project, a multi-season survey of the six symphonies and three concertos by Denmark’s beloved composer through performances by the New York Philharmonic, recorded on Denmark’s Dacapo label.
So far the Music Director and Orchestra have performed the Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (the CD of which was heralded by The New York Times as one of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012) and the Flute and Violin Concertos. March 2014 added to this with the Helios Overture and Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4. Find out why Alan Gilbert has said that the Philharmonic has just the right sound for the music of this romantic yet quirky composer.
Upon its completion, The Nielsen Project will comprise four recordings, released by Dacapo and distributed by Naxos.
Alan Gilbert describes why he believes Nielsen's "traditional" but "quirky" music is so "powerful and captivating."
Nielsen may not be a household name to New Yorkers, but Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic are doing their best to change that.
A timeline of Carl Nielsen's life and works.