Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

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Schumann: Symphonic Works

Schumann: Symphonic Works


Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Symphony in G minor 'Zwickau'

Six Fugues on B-A-C-H, Op. 60: No. 6


This double hybrid SACD set from the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic and its chief conductor Michael Schønwandt brings together all four of Robert Schumann’s symphonies. It also includes two lesser known works, the incomplete early Symphony in G Minor, WoO 29 ‘Zwickau’, and an arrangement by Hans de Vlieger of the last of the Six Fugues on the name BACH, Op. 60, originally written for the pedal piano.

The numbering of the symphonies produces a degree of confusion in that the Symphony in D minor from 1841 was fundamentally revised by Schumann in 1851 and was then given number 4. The recording on this CD is a reconstruction of the original version and is in fact Schumann’s ‘Second’.

Danish conductor Michael Schønwandt was Music Director of the Royal Orchestra and the Royal Opera in Copenhagen from 2000-2011, and associated with the company since 1979. In September 2010 he took up the position of Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also held posts as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra (1992-1998), Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (1987-2000), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra. Alongside this he has been chief conductor of Collegium Musicum since its foundation in 1981.

Michael Schønwandt has recorded all of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies on CD for Dacapo and directed the Royal Danish Orchestra on the DVD release of Kasper Bech Holten’s staging of Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung. Since 2010 he has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic in Amsterdam, and has been principal guest conductor of the Staatsoper in Stuttgart.

“freedom from portentousness and unwarranted indulgence...If you are in the market for a chamber-scale performance of these four works in up-to-the-minute sound, you'll not go far wrong with these, at medium price.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

“These performances are a pleasure to listen to. Everything seems just right - tempi, phrasing and dynamics. Gripping, thrilling and invigorating are adjectives which come to mind...If you have had any doubts about Schumann’s symphonies, give these a try. You certainly won’t be disappointed.” MusicWeb International, 14th January 2014

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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3


Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'


The fresh and youthful Schumann wrote the Spring Symphony, the sound of which nobody can better convey than Christian Zacharias with his vital and agile Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. This latest release concludes its highly welcome new SACD recording of Schumann’s symphonies.

“You really feel that Zacharias and the lean, lithe Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne get to what Schumann intended… flavoursome horns… athletic strings.” CD Review

“both performances are the equals of the Second and Fourth on the previous disc, their transparency of line helping hammer another nail into the coffin of the old trope that Schumann didn't know his orchestra from his elbow. As 'modern' interpretations these are ideal, although many will naturally remain loyal to great recordings of the past.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

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Schumann at Pier2: The Symphonies

Schumann at Pier2: The Symphonies

A concert film by Christian Berger


Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)


Schumann at Pier2 is not a usual concert film; it shows the four Symphonies of Robert Schumann from a new perspective, filmed at Pier2, a former dockyard in the harbour of Bremen where pop and rock concerts usually take place. Stars of the film are the conductor Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and they aim to present these works to a young audience.

Included in this set is also a 98-minute film with Paavo Järvi. This documentary explains the whole idea behind the project and contains footage from rehearsals, comments from Paavo Järvi about the symphonies and the interpretation, biographical information about Robert Schumann as well as musicians demonstrating salient passages and explaining their interpretation.

Sound Format: Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 5.01 PCM 2.0

Running Time: 125 mins (Symphonies: 146 mins,

Documentary: 98 mins, Making of 18 mins)

Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

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“This is the sort of set that makes me grateful that classical recordings are still being made. As a refresher course in Schumann symphonies, you won't find anything better...I can't imagine any sensitive music lover failing to respond to this artistically exceptional, beautifully filmed and expertly engineered set.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2013

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Robert Schumann, Vol. 1 (1946)

Robert Schumann, Vol. 1 (1946)


Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'

National Symphony Orchestra, Piero Coppola

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini


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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4

Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4


Schumann:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120


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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)

edited by George Szell


Estonian Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky

This release features Schumann’s symphonies edited by George Szell.

These versions were a result of the conductor’s tremendous experience combined with a most delicate feeling for style and were the choice of Rozhdestevensky for these performances.

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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)


Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, Gustav Kuhn

The instrumentation of the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento corresponds to the proportions that Schumann had in mind for his symphonies. The clarity and direction of the orchestra under the baton of Gustav Kuhn, is a clear signature of his understanding of Schumann. The recording technology enhances the music through its clear and transparent sound.

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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


Schumann:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture


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Schumann: Premium Composer Volume 2

Schumann: Premium Composer Volume 2


Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)


The Premium Composers series continues with definitive performances of the Schumann Symphonies, conducted by Roger Norrington. The results of historically informed performance are a revelation.

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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


Schumann:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120


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