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    I really like Ole Schmidt's 1974 recording with the London Symphony Orchestra. Although the 1st is probably my favourite Nielsen symphony, the 5th comes a close second and is a much more original and idiosyncratic work than the 1st.

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    I picked up the Bernstein which is an exciting performance. I have a complete cycle by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic included in the Membran box, The Danish Symphonist. A 10 CD set that also includes the concertos, wind quintet, piano music, and songs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I picked up the Bernstein which is an exciting performance. I have a complete cycle by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic included in the Membran box, The Danish Symphonist. A 10 CD set that also includes the concertos, wind quintet, piano music, and songs.
    Recommended purchase? I must confess to not exploring him beyond 5 and 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliante View Post
    Recommended purchase? I must confess to not exploring him beyond 5 and 4.
    No.3 is a beautiful symphony. One of my favorites. And No.6 is the most unusual. A quirky and eccentric piece. The Herbert Blomstsedt/SF Symphony is a good set. There are 2 vols of 2CD sets. Vol 2 also includes his choral work, Hymnis Amoris. I bought used copies. If you're interested in the concertos, wind quintet and more there's the 10 disc set I mentioned which retails for under 20 dollars.
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    The Kubelik recording is actually on EMI not CBS . I don't know if it has been reissued on EMI's new incarnation Warner Classics . But it should be . I wish Kubelik had recorded more of Nielsen's works .

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    Becca - That's a GREAT, specific excerpt from the BBC's "Espansiva", from 1970 (produced by Barrie Gavin). Thanks!!
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    Josquin13 - Excellent list, and thanks for mentioning Sixten Ehrling, from Malmo! A friend of mine, Lawrence Jones of "Polyphony", the auction site ... recently sent me a Chicago Symphony Orch. performance of Nielsen's 5th, with Ehrling conducting (Dec. of 1967). It's an excellent performance, with all the STRENGTHS that one would expect from Ehrling; it's, I'm sure, comparable to ANY modern performance, be it from Bernstein, Ole Schmidt, et. al.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    The Kubelik recording is actually on EMI not CBS . I don't know if it has been reissued on EMI's new incarnation Warner Classics . But it should be . I wish Kubelik had recorded more of Nielsen's works .
    In this box! I though I was the only one that liked the Kubelík Nielsen 5, glad others warmed to it, even if on the face of things he's out of his comfort zone?

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    The older Naxos recording (National SO of Ireland / Adrian Leaper) has a really effective snare drum in the climax of the first movement, which includes some very sharp rim hits.
    There may come a time when Youtube won't let us do this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliante View Post
    Recommended purchase? I must confess to not exploring him beyond 5 and 4.
    My favorite Nielsen symphony is the 3rd "Espansiva".

    And these are my recommendations for complete recordings:

    Paavo Jarvi on RCA
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    A. Gilbert with The New York Phil on Dacapo:
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    Herbert Blomstedt with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on Decca. (There is an earlier recording with a Danish orchestra, but the later San Francisco recording has better sound).
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    John Storgårds on Chandos.
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    Kuchar on Brilliant is good if you like Bernstein - they both make Nielsen sound like Brahms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ras View Post
    make Nielsen sound like Brahms.

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    The Blomstedt box includes his opera, Maskarade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    The Blomstedt box includes his opera, Maskarade.
    ...which is a real gem ... very recommended

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