There are two more videos (below) of New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert making his case for the underrepresented Dane—Nielsen goes down easy, as far as 20th century composers go; his vibrant orchestral colors, and earthy Romanticism align him with the likes of Sibelius or Rachmaninoff. In the first video, we see a quirkier, sillier side of Nielsen.
Alan Gilbert has a personal connection to Scandinavia; he has had a long association with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (not to mention being married to a cellist from that orchestra). Gilbert says it’s understood in that part of the world that Nielsen is to be played as often as Tchaikovsky or Brahms; hence his journey with the New York Philharmonic to perform all the Nielsen Symphonies and Concertos.
On Thursday at 8:00 pm, the New York Philharmonic welcomes Nikolaj Znaider for Nielsen’s Violin Concerto. They also call principal flutist Robert Langevin to the fore for the Nielsen Flute Concerto. The program finishes with Tchaikovsky’s Little Russian Symphony.