Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto

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  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Label: Eloquence Australia
  • UPC: 028948000784
  • Catalog Number: 4800078
  • Sales rank: 90,845


Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38 - Robert Schumann & Ernest Ansermet (31:25)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 - Robert Schumann & Ernest Ansermet (37:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - Robert Schumann & Dinu Lipatti (32:00)
  2. 4–6 Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 - Robert Schumann & Ernest Ansermet (22:07)
  3. 5 Adagio & Allegro for horn (or violin or cello) & piano in A flat major, Op. 70 - Robert Schumann & Ernest Ansermet (7:58)
  4. 6 Manfred, overture & incidental music, Op. 115 - Robert Schumann & Ernest Ansermet (11:59)
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Ernest Ansermet Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally: Ansermet's Schumann recordings

    Ernest Ansermet and the OSR are normally associated with Ballet music, or the music of Debussy, Bartok, Ravel, etc. Schumann, and other classic/romantic composers were also a major part of their performance/recorded history, so Decca has done a good turn reissuing this Schumann set. Sawallisch, Von Karajan and Szell, among other have recorded the Schumann symphonies and concerti, still, this set more than holds its own. The OSR does perhaps does not play with the sonic splendor of the Cleveland Orchrestra or the Berlin Philharmonic, still, the orchestra holds its own. Ansermet leads well crafted, spontaneous performances. Lipatti's performance is from a broadcast and, while not note perfect, is every bit as interesting as his performance with Von Karajan, and perhaps even more impetuous. Gendron, of course, is the master of the cello concerto. The other works are nicely performed. Most of the performances are from the early '50's, so the sound is good, but not great. Perhaps this should not be one's only Schumann recording, still, these are gritty, spontaneous performances that should not be missed.

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