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Work: Symphony no. 4, "The Inextinguishable," Op.29

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ComposerNielsen, Carl (1865-1931)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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GothenburgFriends and colleagues: Sibelius and Nielsen

Sibelius, Lindberg, Nielsen
Gothenburg Symphony; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Anu Komsi

LondonThe Inextinguishable

© Benjamin Ealovega
Bartók, Walton, Nielsen
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; James Ehnes

St AlbansSt Albans Symphony Orchestra: Summer Concert

Verdi, Grieg, Nielsen
St Albans Symphony Orchestra; Tom Hammond; Veronika Shoot; Jennifer Wigram

WellingtonMātauranga

Norris, Mozart, Golijov, Nielsen
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar; Steven Osborne

AucklandMātauranga

Norris, Mozart, Golijov, Nielsen
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar; Steven Osborne
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Diamonds in the snow: Rattle, Hannigan and the LSO

Barbara Hannigan © Raphael Brand
Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO kick off the New Year by showcasing a contemporary vocal masterpiece (with Barbara Hannigan as soloist) together with two symphonies by Nordic composers.
****1
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Italian Passion ignites a blazing Inextinguishable Symphony at the Barbican

Antonio Pappano © Musacchio Ianniello | EMI Classics
In a cleverly-designed programme, Sir Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra brought meticulous attention to detail and plenty of drama in three superb performances.
****1
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Danse macabre: Barnabas Kelemen's dark Shostakovich

Barnabas Kelemen © Tamas Dobos
Barnabás Kelemen gave a strong performance of Shostakovich to last a dark polar night in Turku. 
***11
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Superlative music-making from the amazing Trifonov

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | DG
Sibelius and Nielsen still in very good hands at the LSO, but whence comes such a gift as that of Daniil Trifonov?
****1
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Virtuoso Dvořák from Hough and Gilbert in Cleveland

© Roger Mastroianni
Stephen Hough made light of the technical challenges of Dvořák's Piano Concerto; Carl Nielsen’s “Inextinguishable” symphony was an electrifying second half.
****1
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