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One of the final recordings that the great conductor Sir Colin Davis – who died last month – made with the London Symphony Orchestra was this disc of Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos 2 & 3.

For this week’s free download we’re offering the final movement from the Second Symphony, the Allegro sanguineo, on this recording.

Nielsen’s Second Symphony takes as its theme the Ancient Greek notion of the ‘Four Temperaments’, the idea that humans can be categorised into four humours: ‘Choleric’, ‘Phlegmatic’, ‘Melancholic’ and ‘Sanguine’.

The recording, on the LSO Live label, was given four stars in the May issue of BBC Music Magazine and our critic, Anthony Burton, wrote:

'For those of us who love Carl Nielsen’s utterly individual, life-enhancing symphonies, it was gratifying that Sir Colin Davis should have added them to his repertoire during his remarkable ‘Indian summer’ as president of the London Symphony Orchestra… This recording is an exhilarating display of the life-force at full blast in both composer and conductor.’