This Week's Free Download
Download a free track from Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2
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Nielsen’s Second Symphony has the title ‘The Four Temperaments’ and each of the movements describes one of the medieval ‘humours’: choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic and sanguine.
For this week’s free download we’re offering the final movement – Allegro sanguineo – performed by the New York Philharmonic and conductor Alan Gilbert.
Our critic, Anthony Burton, wrote: ‘The New York Philharmonic has historic form in the Nielsen Symphonies, having collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on an outstanding Fifth in 1962. Half a century on, at the start of a new cycle under its conductor Alan Gilbert, it plunges us thrillingly into the composer’s soundworld… this is an immensely promising start to what could well prove a landmark cycle.’