When did Music Director Alan Gilbert fall in love with the music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen? He recently told TheArtsDesk.com in a feature titled "10 Questions for Conductor Alan Gilbert":
“I first got to know Nielsen's music a long time ago. ... It was actually the New York Philharmonic playing the Fourth Symphony; I remember a performance that Herbert Blomstedt did that just blew me away. I was stunned, I’d never heard it before, I’d never imagined that such a thing could exist, and he had such a wonderful way with his music.”
Read the entire Q&A, in which Gilbert discusses a myriad of topics relating to the Orchestra’s ongoing Nielsen Project, such as why the Philharmonic, Nielsen, and Dacapo records is the perfect fit for a multi-year exploration of the composer’s repertoire:
“I wanted to start doing Nielsen symphonies, because I remembered that Fourth Symphony performance that I heard, and I happened to think — and I still think — that the orchestra has a quintessentially Nielsenesque sound, whatever that means. I mean the kind of clarity and the power and precision and the warmth that they can bring to the soaring, singing melodies is, I think, really gorgeous. And it was a kind of fortuitous confluence. It happened that Dacapo was interested in me and the orchestra and, of course, as a Danish company they were interested in Nielsen and things came together in a sort of lucky way and the idea of this sort of panoramic project was hatched.”
Read a roundup of reviews of our latest Nielsen album.
Read a roundup of reviews of our latest Nielsen concerts.