Classical Album of the Week

Classical Album of the Week

Carl Nielsen is alive and well in 2015.

World famous for his vivid and innovative instrumental music, the fervor for Denmark’s national composer (1865-1931) has experienced a newfound following in the last, much to do with the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Notably his life’s work was lionized in the recently completed Nielsen Project, a three-volume tribute by Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic.

But in his native country, Nielsen is also beloved for his beautiful solo and choral songs, which every Dane encounters in their upbringing. Until now, the word to those songs were lost on

On The Unknown Carl Nielsen, available exclusively in digital form, Nielsen’s selected songs are performed in brand new English translations.

The 26 songs on the album feature the acclaimed vocal ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen, conducted by Michael Bojesen, as well as soprano vocalist Dénise Beck accompanied by Clemens Hund-Göschel, and baritone Johan Reuter with pianist Jan Phillip Schulze.

Among Nielsen’s more famous songs, the album includes classics like “Den Danske Sang er en Ung, Blond Pige” (The Danish Song is a Fair Young Maiden), “Jens Vejmand” (John the Roadman) and “Solen er så Rød, Mor” (Look! the Sun is Red, Mother).

Enjoy these beautiful songs in their world premier recorded translations.

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