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 Presto Music Podcast, Episode 21: A Great Dane - Andrew Mellor on Carl Nielsen

Andrew MellorThe fascinating life and music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) is the topic of this week's show, and we are delighted to welcome back Andrew Mellor to the Presto Music Podcast to take us through his humble childhood on the island of Funen through to international acclaim as one of the most modernistic symphonic composers of his generation. Andrew has established himself as something of a British cultural attaché to Scandinavia since moving to Copenhagen in 2015; he's well known for his contributions to BBC Radio 3's Record Review and Gramophone Magazine, and is currently finishing his first book about Nordic identity in music.

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The Nielsen music selections in this episode...

Egils Šefers (clarinet), Sinfonietta Riga, Claus Efland

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Jon Gjesme (violin), Tue Lautrop (violin), Jens Elvekjær (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Royal Danish Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC

Johan Reuter, Stephen Milling, Niels-Jørgen Riis, Dénise Beck, Anne Margrethe Dahl, Ditte Højgaard Andersen, Guido Paevatalu Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Michael Schønwandt

Available Formats: 2 SACDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Nina Pavlovski (soprano), Stig Andersen (tenor), Per Høyer (baritone), Per Salo (organ), Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Blaž Šparovec (clarinet), Odense Symphony Orchestra, Anna Skryleva

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC