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A Free Spirit

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 19 September 2011

The Danish composer Carl Nielsen stands at the helm of Scandinavian music. A master symphonist, he's widely regarded as one of the most important composers of his generation. But at the end of the nineteenth century, Nielsen's adventurous and free spirited outlook was regarded with some suspicion. In some quarters his music was deemed to be cool and academic, until his Third Symphony marked a turning point in his career, garnering praise from Nielsen's advocates and opponents alike.

Today Donald Macleod explores the reasons behind some of these differing opinions.

Music Played

12 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    00:01

    Carl Nielsen Act 3; Dance of the cockerels (Hanedansen)

    Performer:Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Conductor:Neeme Jarvi

    DG RECORDS : 447-757-2

  • Image for Carl Nielsen
    00:07

    Carl Nielsen no.1c; Jens Vejmand [Jens the road mender]

    Performer: Aksel SCHIOTZ - Tenor Performer: Unknown performer (piano)

    HMV: 6695

  • Image for Carl Nielsen
    00:11

    Carl Nielsen Symphony No.3 Op.27 (Sinfonia espansiva)

    Singer: Gillian Keith. Singer: Mark Stone. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.

    Conductor: Michael SCHONWANDT Performer: Inger DAM JENSEN - Soprano Performer: Poul ELMING - Baritone Performer: Danish National R S O

    DaCapo : 8.224126

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    00:22

    Carl Nielsen no.2a; Saenk kun dit hoved, du blomst [Bow your head, flower]

    Inger Dam Jensen - Soprano Ulrich Staerk - Piano

    DaCapo : 8.224218

  • Image for Carl Nielsen
    00:26

    Carl Nielsen 1st movement; Allegro energico

    Performer: Danish String Quartet

    DaCapo : 6220521

  • Image for Carl Nielsen
    00:37

    Carl Nielsen Symphony no. 5 Op.50

    Performer: London S O Ensemble

    LSO Live: LS 00694

  • Image for Carl Nielsen
    00:01

    Carl Nielsen Act 3; Dance of the cockerels (Hanedansen)

    Performer:Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Conductor:Neeme Jarvi

    DG RECORDS : 447-757-2

  • Image for Carl Nielsen
    00:07

    Carl Nielsen no.1c; Jens Vejmand [Jens the road mender]

    Performer: Aksel SCHIOTZ - Tenor Performer: Unknown performer (piano)

    HMV: 6695

  • Image for Carl Nielsen
    00:11

    Carl Nielsen Symphony No.3 Op.27 (Sinfonia espansiva)

    Singer: Gillian Keith. Singer: Mark Stone. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.

    Conductor: Michael SCHONWANDT Performer: Inger DAM JENSEN - Soprano Performer: Poul ELMING - Baritone Performer: Danish National R S O

    DaCapo : 8.224126

  • Image for Carl Nielsen
    00:22

    Carl Nielsen no.2a; Saenk kun dit hoved, du blomst [Bow your head, flower]

    Inger Dam Jensen - Soprano Ulrich Staerk - Piano

    DaCapo : 8.224218

  • Image for Carl Nielsen
    00:26

    Carl Nielsen 1st movement; Allegro energico

    Performer: Danish String Quartet

    DaCapo : 6220521

  • Image for Carl Nielsen
    00:38

    Carl Nielsen Symphony no. 5 Op.50

    Performer: London S O Ensemble

    LSO Live: LS 00694

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