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The Complete Schumann Symphonies
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The Complete Schumann Symphonies
Genre: Classical
 
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Admirers of Eschenbach's Bruckner and Mahler recordings will find much to please them here, for he's got Schumann's style down pat. This is especially true in lyric sections like the Romanza of the Symphony No. 4, although...  more »

     
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All Artists: NDR-Sinfonieorchester
Title: The Complete Schumann Symphonies
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Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA Victor Europe
Release Date: 8/21/2001
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 743216182022

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Admirers of Eschenbach's Bruckner and Mahler recordings will find much to please them here, for he's got Schumann's style down pat. This is especially true in lyric sections like the Romanza of the Symphony No. 4, although some of the slow movements could be more effective with greater intensity. Eschenbach's overall approach is very much in the traditional German manner. That means you won't get the energy that Leonard Bernstein brought to this music or the transparency and detail heard in George Szell's set. The engineering adds to the impression of thick sonorities that dampen the music's power. But Eschenbach's sturdy Schumann is definitely worth hearing for his stylish phrasing and numerous insights. The "Sturm und Drang" overture is a welcome bonus, a short but effective piece we don't hear very often. --Dan Davis

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Quality Schumann
Mark Jordan | Gambier, Ohio, USA | 09/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a very valuable set. I have a couple of reservations, but frankly, this is one of the few complete sets of the Schumann 4 worth having. Most conductors handle Schumann's symphonies as if they were by Beethoven, Brahms, or Mahler. Very few seem to be able to find the elusive, magical world of this composer. Fortunately, Eschenbach is not one of those. Perhaps since he started as a pianist, he knows the real soul of Schumann, and it comes through quite gloriously in these performances. By comparison, Bernstein seems too overdramatic, Dohnanyi too grim, and Harnoncourt too dour. Szell and Kubelik get the feel right, but Eschenbach comes across as more spontaneous and warm than the former, and more energetic than the latter. The highlight of the set is the "Rhenish" Symphony (#3), which is the finest performance of the work that I have heard, perfectly balancing the textures and tempos with sensitivity and emotion, while never turning sleepy or routine. The others are almost as good, although the First Symphony is a bit less exhuberant than some. The recorded sound is good, although I would have liked it to be a shade clearer. All in all, a fine release from a conductor with very special insights into this music. Highly recommended."
Schumann superbly done.
Corno di Bass Trombono | Florida, U.S.A. | 09/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This set includes the four numbered symphonies and the Overture "Die Braut von Messina". It does not include the original version of the D minor, or the two movements of the "Zwickau" Symphony.
Eschenbach is a natural Schumann conductor who knows how to use "rubato" with just the right give and take for these romantic works. The important repeat is taken in the "Lebhaft" of the first movement of number 4, but the links between the movements in this symphony are not observed(rarely is this done). While the "Spring" Symphony disappoints slightly in its more laid back approach, the others are among the best in the catalogue. If I continue to prefer the Sawallich set, this is still a most worthy effort in excellent sound."