Alex Ross has a splendid piece titled Inextinguishable about Carl Nielsen in the New Yorker (yes, the New Yorker) this week. I must confess that I had not paid a lot of attention to Nielsen until Alex tagged him as “most underrated” in the comments section here a couple of years. Since then, a series of wonderful new recordings–including the opera Maskarade and Thomas Dausgaard and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR’s recording of Nielsen’s orchestral works–have been released by the Danish national recording label Dacapo I have found myself playing them every few days for months now and I always hear something fresh and new. I owe you one, Alex.
On the subject of record labels, Pliable points to a review in the Guardian by Andrew Clements which begins with the provocative sentence: “Considering how much third-rate music has been included in Naxos’s American Classics series, Elliott Carter has so far been poorly served by the budget-price label…”
Granted some of the stuff that Naxos has packaged in that series has been less than distinguished but operating in a cultural establishment where critics treat every cow patty ever dropped by the likes of Alwyn and Bax and Finzi and Michael Tippitt as if it were fois gras, Clements is hardly in a position to fling merde.