Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) was a Danish composer, conductor, and violinist. Known today primarily for his symphonic music, Nielsen also composed two operas, three concertos, and many choral, chamber, and solo piano and organ works. I was introduced to him by my friend, pianist Andrew Rangell, who in 2009 released a CD of Nielsen’s “Luciferian” Suite, Op. 45. In both that work and this one, I was struck immediately by the power and originality of Nielsen’s musical voice. I knew at once that I had made a discovery of lasting importance for me.
This electrifying performance by Heng-Jin Park was recorded in March 2008 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. This is Ms. Park’s second appearance on this blog. Long-time readers may remember her extraordinary performance with the Boston Trio of Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor, which I featured in September 2009.
The three movements of this piece are marked as follows: (I) Allegro fluente, (II) Molto adagio, and (III) Allegro non troppo. The complete score is available at http://en.scorser.com/S/Sheet+music/Carl+Nielsen+op+3/-1/1.html.