Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) was a Danish musician, often seen as his country’s greatest composer. While his operas and songs have become embedded in the cultural heritage of his native Denmark, internationally he is better known for his symphonies and concertos – distinguished by his prominent use of Brass instruments and dramatic changes in tonality.
His Aladdin Suite was taken from incidental music he composed for a play in 1919. The play only lasted for a couple of weeks, but Nielsen’s music has stayed with us for much longer. The suite contains seven orchestral works which have the size and presence of a great symphonic texture, but remain light hearted and entertaining, proving in the process that Nielsen is indeed one of the great composers of his generation.