Thursday, September 14, 2017

Nielsen by E. T.

No, this post has nothing to do with extra-terrestrials! Several weeks ago, I had two different conductors with the same initials featured in one composer at this post. Just so, now I present two different conductors with the initials "E.T." performing Nielsen - more fruits of my recent splurgings on Danish 78s. The details:

Nielsen: En Sagadrøm (A Saga Dream), Op. 39
Copenhagen Royal Opera Orchestra conducted by Egisto Tango
Recorded February 27, 1942
HMV DB 5263, one 78-rpm record
Link (FLAC file, 22.27 MB)
Link (MP3 file, 14.67 MB)

Nielsen: Little Suite for Strings, Op. 1
Danish State Broadcasting Orchestra conducted by Erik Tuxen
Recorded April 7, 1948
Columbia DDX 17 and 18, two 78-rpm records
Link (FLAC file, 38.74 MB)
Link (MP3 file, 23.71 MB)

The Sagadrøm record is a real gem, and as for the Little Suite, has there ever been an Opus 1 as accomplished, and as fully characteristic of its composer?

I didn't mean to be gone quite so long, but on top of computer problems, which I'm still working on, I've had to deal with Hurricane Irma, which we in Atlanta didn't get the full brunt of, as Florida did, but we got quite enough - sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, sometimes gusting to 60, and over 3 inches of rain in a single day. The past weekend saw me frantically elevating hundreds of records from the floor of my basement, in anticipation of water from the storm coming in, which, thankfully, didn't happen, but it's always better to be safe than sorry!


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  2. Hi Bryan - happy to hear you and the collection are safe and dry. Thanks for these - I love my Nielsen, Eric Tuxen, and Egisto Tango's name. I don't know that I have ever heard one of his records.

  3. Thanks so much Bryan for these 2 rarities.
    En Sagadrøm is a masterpiece.

  4. As ever, thank you so much for these, Bryan! I especially enjoyed Sagadrøm. Very sorry to hear about your computer problems, though - I know how that feels! - and even more so about you having to move all those discs out of harm's way - I know how that feels, too, having done my back in recently, moving around my mother's stuff and my own stupid stacks of surplus hi-fi! Very best wishes for a speedy return to normality, Nick

  5. you're all here at once: i've been following your various blogs for years: you guys are the unsung custodians of popular and classical culture artifact! thank you all. and so glad to hear you, host, got through the storm ok. -cheers, a.v.

  6. I hope the hurricane troubles are over... Thanks again for sharing these interesting records!

  7. Thank u for sharing.I heard cool samples like in these tracks , i share with u