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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.

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Recording of the Week, Johan Dalene performs violin concertos by Nielsen & Sibelius

The Swedish violinist offers a characterful performance of Sibelius's concerto alongside a virtuosic account of the piece that swept him to victory at the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition.

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.

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