Nielsen: Flute Concerto, Clarinet Concerto & Aladdin Suite / Coles, van de Wiel, Jarvi, Philharmonia

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After completing a quintet for wind instruments in 1922 that would become one of his most celebrated works, Carl Nielsen hit upon the ideas of writing a full orchestral concerto for each of the instruments included in that quintet. Nielsen certainly unlocked something in those five individual instruments that few composers had before him o rindeed would after. "Now I think on the basis of instruments a way I creep into them" he wrote around the time of the quintet; "it can surely be said that instruments have a soul". The two concertos of the planned five that did materialize - for flute and clarinet - certainly echo those sentiments. The Philharmonia Orchestra is one fo the world's great orchestras. Widely acknowledged for its pioneering approach to the role of an orchestra in the 21st century, the Philharmonia leads the field for the quality of its playing and its innovative work with residencies, music education, audience development and the use of new technology to reach a global audience.



Paavo Järvi presides over a splendidly stylish and invigorating Nielsen anthology featuring the Philharmonia at the top of its game throughout. Both concerto performances deserve the widest plaudits. First-rate annotations and production values add to the attractions of a thoroughly recommendable release.

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Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: SIGCD477

  • UPC: 635212047729

  • Label: Signum Classics

  • Composer: Carl Nielsen

  • Conductor: Paavo Järvi

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

  • Performer: Mark van de Wiel, Samuel Coles