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Work: Symphony no. 2, "The Four Temperaments", Op.16

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ComposerNielsen, Carl (1865-1931)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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Different temperaments: the BBC SSO play Sibelius and Nielsen

Viktoria Mullova © Henry Fair
Viktoria Mullova is dazzling in Sibelius' Violin Concerto but the audience of Sage Gateshead fail to make their mark when asked to sing along to Finlandia
****1
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RSPO in blazing form at the Proms

Sakari Oramo conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
An eclectic programme from this Swedish orchestra which gave sharply defined performances in repertoire that, at first glance, had seemingly little in common.
*****
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Technically faultless: terrific Brahms from Kavakos

Paavo Järvi © Kaupo Kikkas
Paavo Järvi continues his Nielsen exploration with performances that demonstrate his attraction to Haydn and love of Brahms. 
****1
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Great Danes in spirited Carl Nielsen anniversary celebration

Fabio Luisi and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
“Denmark is not all Lego and pastries!” quipped Nikolaj Znaider to the Albert Hall audience. Indeed not. It is the land of Carl Nielsen, whose 150th birthday was celebrated in a packed Prom given by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. 
****1
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A charming dance of opposites in Toronto

“Things found here are the opposite of what they are meant to represent,” warned Thomas Dausgaard at the opening of Saturday evening’s performance pairing Beethoven and Nielsen. 
****1
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