Nielsen’s First Symphony begins with a burst of youthful confidence. Two decades later, in the darkest days of World War 1, he was playing for the highest stakes possible. Nielsen’s tremendous Fourth symphony is a fight for the very future of life itself. As batteries of drums duel it out over a raging orchestra; it’s an electrifying way to launch our cycle – on what would have been Nielsen’s 150th birthday.
BBC Radio 3 Presenter Stephen Johnson introduces our Nielsen Symphony Cycle.