Under Paavo Järvi, the Philharmonia performs three characteristically fiery works by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen: the Flute and Clarinet Concertos, and the Aladdin Suite.
Following the success of Nielsen's Wind Quintet in 1922, Nielsen set out to write a concerto for each member and instrument of the quintet, starting with the flute. Two years later, Nielsen started work on the second of his concertos for wind, this time letting the clarinet take centre stage. The Clarinet Concerto was sure to ruffle feathers: following an early private run-through it was described as 'music from another planet'.
The album was released on 3 March 2017.
"Paavo Järvi presides over a splendidly stylish and invigorating Nielsen anthology featuring the Philharmonia at the top of its game throughout. Both concerto performances emanate from concerts at London’s Royal Festival Hall and deserve the warmest plaudits.
The orchestra’s principal clarinet, Mark van de Wiel, genuinely shines in the sparky 1928 essay that Nielsen wrote for his friend Aage Oxenvad, finding just the right balance between tenderness and irascibility, while also displaying a technical mastery, subtly variegated tone and intrepid range of dynamic.
...the Philharmonia’s principal flute, Samuel Coles, proves a scrupulously sensitive and marvellously quick-witted protagonist, and he enjoys exemplary support from his colleagues under Järvi’s attentive lead."
Gramophone, June 2017
"Here we have truly gripping performances of Nielsen’s Flute and Clarinet Concertos, with magnificent sound textures from the soloists as well as from the orchestra. The program ends with the Aladdin Suite from the dramatic, coloured incidental music in a dynamically vivid performance under the expert baton of Paavo Järvi."
"The controlled orchestral playing and the natural sound balance create a nice sense of chamber-music interplay between the soloist (Samuel Coles) and his colleagues... Mark van de Wiel is euqally convincing..."
BBC Music Magazine
- I. Flute Concerto - I. Allegro moderato
- I. Clarinet Concerto - I. Allegretto un poco
- I. Aladdin Suite - I. Oriental Festive March