The third recording of The Nielsen Project, featuring Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic's performances of Nielsen's Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Sinfonia semplice, is available for pre-order on Amazon.
But here's a better idea. Buy a CD tomorrow night at Perspectives on Nielsen: A Conversation with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill, a free Insights at the Atrium event on January 7, 2015. And get it signed by Alan Gilbert following the performance of Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto featuring Mr. McGill on Thursday, January 8, 2015.
The recording will be released on February 10, 2015, by Denmark’s Dacapo label and distributed by the Naxos group. It is the third of four that will culminate in a boxed set coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Danish composer’s birth, June 9, 2015.
For more information about Carl Nielsen, The Nielsen Project, and this week’s concerts, including photos and video, visit nyphil.org/nielsen.
ClassicsToday.com gave the recording a review of 10 out of 10 in both artistic quality and sound quality. "This [recording] is fantastic," the review concludes.
TheArtsDesk.com wrote that the Sixth Symphony is "fiendishly difficult to bring off, and Alan Gilbert's reading is sensationally played by the New York Philharmonic..." Of the Fifth: "Gilbert's weighty, serious approach is effective. The extended static passages are unusually ominous, brass and percussion letting rip to deafening effect. ... The first movement's pale, exhausted close is wonderful, preceding a second movement where Gilbert's well-chosen tempo allows his players to articulate the notes. The symphony's dizzying ending rightly astonishes, Nielsen avoiding the expected peroration with an abrupt, ecstatic screeching of brakes. Sensational music, superbly played..."
Audiophile Audition wrote, "The luminous quality of the New York Philharmonic strings and brass enjoys a vivacity I have not relished so thoroughly since the Dimitri Mitropoulos and Leonard Bernstein days of committed leadership."