Deutsche Welle Festival: Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Part 3

8.00 Deutsche Welle Festival: Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Part 3

Carl Nielsen wrote symphonies, concertos, chamber music, sacred music, two operas and – over three hundred songs, of which you'll hear several in this programme. There are psalms and Christmas songs, love songs and songs about nature set to texts by famous Nordic poets. Many recall the countryside, the light and the sounds from Nielsen's childhood. "These songs go straight to the heart, and they're in the bloodstream of every Danish person," says conductor and Nielsen expert Bo Holten, in the lineup of Danish ensembles saluting the composer in this all-Nielsen broadcast, which also includes a wind quintet and a setting of his Symphony No 3 for piano-four-hands.

Musica Ficta

Musica Ficta Photo: Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival

Programme:

NIELSEN: Solen er så rød, Mor (The sun is so red, mother);NIELSEN: Nu lyser løv i lunde (Now the leaves shine in the forests);NIELSEN: Tunge, mørke natteskyer (Heavy dark clouds of night);NIELSEN: Five piano pieces Op 3;NIELSEN: Symphony No 3 Op 27, Sinfonia espansiva arr for piano four hands;NIELSEN: Jens Vejmand;NIELSEN: Humorous Bagatelles Op 11 for flute & guitar;NIELSEN: Tidt er jeg glad (Sometimes I am happy);NIELSEN: Hvor sødt i Sommeraftenstunden (How sweet the hours on a summer evening);NIELSEN: Hør, hvor let dens Vinger smækker (Hear how lightly his wings beat);NIELSEN: Wind Quintet in E Op 43;NIELSEN: Gadevisen;NIELSEN: Psalm, Carl's Waltz and Polka

Soloists, Musica Ficta, Danish Piano Duo, Albrecht Mayer Ensemble, Blum & Haugaard Ensemble

Recorded in Pronstorf Country Estate, Schleswig-Holstein (Deutsche Welle)