Composer of the Week: Carl Nielsen – A free Spirit

The master symphonist

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BBC Radio 3
Monday, April 22, 2013 - 12:00

 

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) is regarded as one of the most important composers of his generation and remains at the forefront of Scandinavian music.

Some of his works attracted criticism for being cold and academic early in his his career, but his Third Symphony, completed in 1911, marked a turning point and earned him universal praise.

Donald MacLeod explores the divided reception to the composer in this week's Composer of the Week and looks at why his adventurous and free spirited approach attracted suspicion.