Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

Cristian Macelaru

Cristian Macelaru

Despite fitful advocacy and several recordings, the symphonies of Danish composer Carl Nielsen are still rarely played in North America. Although influenced by Sibelius and Mahler, Nielsen’s musical voice is distinct and original.

Concerts by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Miami and West Palm Beach this weekend bring an opportunity to hear Nielsen’s eloquent Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable” played by an ensemble deeply steeped in the composer’s work.

Cristian Macelaru, a former student of Thomas Sleeper at the University of Miami and now resident conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducts the program which also features Sibelius’ Valse Triste and Violin Concerto with soloist Ray Chen.

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra plays works by Sibelius and Nielsen 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arsht Center in Miami 305-949-6722 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.; 561-832-7469.

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