Label news: DG signs Luisi

Label news: DG signs Luisi


norman lebrecht

April 11, 2021

The yellow label has signed the Italian conductor Fabio Luisi with Denmark’s national orchestra to record its first-ever cycle on the Carl Nielsen symphonies.

Fabio Luisi says: ‘For me, exploring Nielsen’s symphonies together with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra has been almost like a love affair. The more familiar I have become with this music, the more fascinating I find it, and it seems that this approach adds an extra dimension to the orchestra’s strong Nordic Nielsen tradition. Nielsen is a highly interesting, complex and deeply original composer, and I am very grateful that our new recording cycle for Deutsche Grammophon will let his music reach an even greater audience.’

It has been a good week for Luisi. He has also signed on with a Tokyo orchestra.



  • Crimson Avenger says:

    When this ensemble was known as the Danish Radio SO, it recorded Nielsen’s 6 symphonies with Herbert Blomstedt.

  • Eyal Braun says:

    Nemee Jarvi has recorded the Nielsen cycle for DG in Gothenburg

    • J Barcelo says:

      And it’s a very good cycle, too. With some other things added in. It’s in a super cheap box now. So Luisi is only now learning these scores? Wouldn’t it make more sense to record something you’ve known an loved for a long time and then commit it to record? And do we really need yet another Nielsen set? He’s not that popular and there must be a dozen cycles by others.

  • MacroV says:

    The Nielsen symphonies aren’t hard to come by these days, though still exotic enough that when Alan Gilbert performed/recorded them with the NY Phil it was labeled “The Nielsen Project” as though something so out of the ordinary. But it’s good for a super-mainstream label like DG to record them, and with a magnificent orchestra that still seems to fly under the radar.

    I hope they’ll do the three concertos, too.

  • yujafan says:

    There is already some tough competition out there for the Nielsen symphonies – Paavo Berglund, Blomstedt, plus Neeme and Paavo Jarvi to name but four that occupy my shelves

  • Phok says:

    …. and Dausgaard

  • RW2013 says:

    Wait until he discovers Langgaard.

  • drummerman says:

    No such thing as too much Nielsen symphonies! This old drummer especially loves #4 (2 wild antiphonal solo timpani parts) and #5 (improvised snare drum solo.)

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    I hope he gets to record something in Dallas. However, I know American orchestras are more expensive. Nothing wrong with the Royal Danish, though.

    • Andreas B. says:

      Different orchestras …

      Royal Danish: Opera
      (Luisi’s) Danish National: Radio

      Still, nothing wrong with both!

  • fflambeau says:

    Nielsen, along with Charles Ives, are the two most overrated composers of all time.

  • Mathias Broucek says:

    Perhaps he could be persuaded to add some Holmboe…

  • Smørrebrød says:

    Did DG sign Luisi? For Nielsen? Or did they actually sign the Danish Radio Orchestra with their authentic Nielsen tradition? Another misleading headline here?