Schumann: The Complete Symphonies

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
As an admirer and conductor of Robert Schumann's four symphonies, Gustav Mahler felt obliged to make extensive revisions to help clarify textures, bring vivid colors to passages where opportunities for brilliance had been missed, and make myriad changes in dynamics. To a certain extent, Mahler succeeded in making Schumann's music quite a bit sharper and a lot more colorful, but the changes of orchestration in many instances reveal the arranger's hand too plainly, particularly in the brass and woodwind parts, and the mix of Schumann's Romantic scores with Mahler's post-Romantic orchestral effects seems a little weird and disorienting for anyone who knows these works ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
As an admirer and conductor of Robert Schumann's four symphonies, Gustav Mahler felt obliged to make extensive revisions to help clarify textures, bring vivid colors to passages where opportunities for brilliance had been missed, and make myriad changes in dynamics. To a certain extent, Mahler succeeded in making Schumann's music quite a bit sharper and a lot more colorful, but the changes of orchestration in many instances reveal the arranger's hand too plainly, particularly in the brass and woodwind parts, and the mix of Schumann's Romantic scores with Mahler's post-Romantic orchestral effects seems a little weird and disorienting for anyone who knows these works well. Of course, newcomers absolutely should get to know the originals first, and there's no dearth of great recordings available; experienced listeners who make the comparisons between them and Mahler's revisions may well feel that what was good enough already should have been left alone. Yet Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig have performed a valuable service in recording these much discussed but seldom played versions, and listeners who have been curious about the extent of Mahler's "tampering" may judge for themselves if he went too far. This double-disc package is strongly recommended for Mahler completists, but it is not essential listening for anyone else.
San Francisco Chronicle - Steven Winn
With the first emphatic blast of brass in the first movement of Schumann's "Spring" Symphony, the listener is put on notice. Here begins a decisively different approach to the composer's four symphonies.... Solid, thoughtful and at times even self-effacing performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947800378
  • Catalog Number: 001068902
  • Sales rank: 14,398

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38 - Robert Schumann & Riccardo Chailly (30:35)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 - Robert Schumann & Riccardo Chailly (34:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Rhenish"), Op. 97 - Robert Schumann & Riccardo Chailly (29:05)
  2. 6–9 Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 - Robert Schumann & Riccardo Chailly (25:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Primary Artist
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