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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. The performance side of the project culminates this season.

So far the Music Director and Orchestra have performed 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. In October 2014 Gilbert conducts the Maskarade Overture and Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6, and in January 2015 he leads the Clarinet Concerto, with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill, in his Philharmonic debut, as soloist. See “Upcoming Performances” tab below for details and tickets.

Upon its completion, The Nielsen Project will comprise four recordings, released by Dacapo and distributed by Naxos. Find out why Alan Gilbert has said that the Philharmonic has just the right sound for the music of this romantic yet quirky composer.


Nielsen CD

The New Recording

The Nielsen Project’s second recording is from the March 2014 performance of Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4, The Inextinguishable. The former had never been performed by the New York Philharmonic.

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Alan Gilbert, Carl Nielsen, Symphonies 5 & 6

Nielsen’s 5th and 6th Symphonies

Hear Alan Gilbert define Nielsen’s unique sound and voice as expressed in the symphonies Gilbert conducts October 1–3, the latter of which is a Philharmonic first.

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Bernstein & Nielsen

View Leonard Bernstein’s score of Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, and listen to an excerpt from Bernstein’s recording with former Principal Clarinet Stanley Drucker as soloist.

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The First Recording

Buy the first release of The Nielsen Project, which was heralded by The New York Times as one of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012.

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Who Was Nielsen?

A timeline of Carl Nielsen's life and works.

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Nielsen in New York

Nielsen may not be a household name to New Yorkers, but Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic are doing their best to change that.

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