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Carl August Nielsen

Carl August Nielsen (Composer)

Born: 9th July 1865, Norre Lyndelse

Died: 3rd October 1931, Copenhagen

Nationality: Danish

Carl August Nielsen was a Danish composer, conductor and violinist, widely recognized as his country's most prominent composer.

Brought up by poor yet musically talented parents on the island of Funen, he demonstrated his musical abilities at an early age. He initially played in a military band before attending the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen from 1884 until December 1886. He premiered his Op. 1, Suite for Strings, in 1888, at the age of 23.

Further Reading: Nielsen

 Recording of the Week, Paavo Järvi conducts Nielsen's complete symphonies

David listens to Paavo Järvi's new complete Nielsen cycle with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, Nielsen Concertos with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic

David listens to three concertos by Carl Nielsen, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert.

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