About the album
The second release in Sir Colin Davis's acclaimed Nielsen Symphony cycle features Symphonies Nos 1 & 6. The first title in the series, Symphonies Nos 4 & 5, was an Editor's Choice in Gramophone and Orchestral Choice of the Month in BBC Music Magazine. The final release in the cycle, Symphonies 2 & 3, will be released at the end of 2012.
Nielsen's First Symphony draws inspiration from Brahms and Dvorak but also contains hints of the progressive tonality for which he was later celebrated. His enigmatic final symphony, entitled 'Sinfonia Semplice' (Simple Symphony), suggesting a work of 'entirely idyllic character', turns out to be anything but this. Though written 30 years apart, both works feature folk-inflections, tonal ambiguity and Nielsen's distinctive anti-Romantic style.
11Symphony No. 1: I. Andante orgoglioso
12Symphony No. 1: II. Andante
13Symphony No. 1: III. Allegro comodo – Andante sostenuto – Tempo I
14Symphony No. 1: IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
15Symphony No. 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice’: I. Tempo giusto
16Symphony No. 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice’: II. Humoreske: Allegretto
17Symphony No. 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice’: III. Proposta seria: Adagio
18Symphony No. 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice’: IV. Tema con variazioni: Allegro