SCHUMANN 4 Symphonien Gardiner

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ROBERT SCHUMANN

4 Symphonien
Orchestre Révolutionnaire
et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner
Int. Release 11 Mar. 1998
3 CDs / Download
0289 457 5912 8 3 CDs DDD AH3
ARCHIV Produktion


Track List

CD 1: Schumann: Complete Symphonies

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Symphony in G minor "Zwickau" (Unfinished)

Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring"

Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, Op.52

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

Total Playing Time 1:05:45

CD 2: Schumann: Complete Symphonies

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120

original version (1841)

Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

Total Playing Time 1:01:51

CD 3: Schumann: Complete Symphonies

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Konzertstück op.86 in F for 4 Horns and Orchestra

Roger Montgomery, Gavin Edwards, Susan Dent, Robert Maskell, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish"

Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

Total Playing Time 1:15:19

The woodwind and brass here make a splendid noise, and Gardiner obviously enjoys their explosive quality in tutti passages.

Gardiner . . . offers a conspectus of Schumann as symphonist that is all the richer and more illuminating for the inclusion of the extra rarities. Gardiner concludes his note: 'Towards the end of his life Schumann's four published symphonies were understood by the more perceptive of his contemporaries as constituting the most significant additions to the repertoire since Beethoven. Our aim is to revalidate that claim.' It is hardly too much to suggest that in that he has succeeded triumphantly.

. . . [Schumann's Symphony no. 3 is] brought to incomparable physical life with glowing period instruments under inspirational direction and perfectly recorded . . . Creating irresistible momentum, Gardiner has a seemingly effortless command of long-term architecture and captures light and shade as well as intimacy and grandeur.