Alan Gilbert to Conduct Nielsen's Symphonies No. 1 and 4 and Helios Overture, 3/12
Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic will continue The Nielsen Project
- the Philharmonic's multi-year focus on Danish composer Carl Nielsen launched in the 2010-
11 season - with performances of Nielsen's Helios Overture and Symphony No. 1, both in their
first-ever performances at the Philharmonic, and Symphony No. 4, Wednesday, March 12, 2014,
at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m.; and Saturday,
March 15 at 8:00 p.m. The works will be recorded for later release on Denmark's Dacapo label.
"During my years in Sweden, I grew to love Nielsen, and I believe his canon deserves to be
better known by American audiences: he speaks to everybody. There's something wonderfully
craggy and natural about the sound he creates, but it's always couched in a romantic warmth.
The Philharmonic plays Nielsen incredibly well - with insight, stylistic purity, and passion,"
said Alan Gilbert, who, through The Nielsen Project, builds on Philharmonic Laureate Conductor
Leonard Bernstein's championing of Nielsen's music by exploring the cycle of his major
orchestral works, some of which the Orchestra has never performed previously.
Upon its completion, The Nielsen Project will comprise four recordings, released by Dacapo and
distributed by Naxos, to be released both individually and in a boxed set. The first recording -
featuring Nielsen's Symphony No. 2, The Four Temperaments, and Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia
espansiva, led by Alan Gilbert with baritone Joshua Hopkins and soprano Erin Morley - was
released in September 2012 and selected by The New York Times as one of the Best Classical
Music Recordings of 2012.