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Schumann/Mahler: Complete Symphonies / Chailly, Et Al


Release Date: 02/19/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001068902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you already bought the single-disc release of Symphonies 2 and 4 (reviewed in 2007), then you're out of luck; to complete the cycle with Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3, you'll have to duplicate your initial purchase. But on the plus side, the performances are just as fine as previously--and in fact comprise the only recommendable Schumann cycle in Mahler's rescoring. Once again there are some impressive moments, mostly concerning brass, timpani, and occasionally woodwinds. The great horn call in the first movement of the Rhenish, for example, starts with stopped tones, continues piano, and features some striking woodwind timbres. Mahler also restores the original pitch of the opening brass call in the "Spring" Symphony. Chailly Read more conducts gutsy, vivacious performances throughout, though for some reason the sonics aren't as fine this time around: the orchestra seems squeezed toward the center of the stereo spectrum, and there isn't the same warmth and richness to the lower end (cellos, basses, and timpani). Still, this is a wonderful set for fans of Schumann and Mahler alike.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Length: 30 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gustav Mahler. 
2. Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gustav Mahler. 
3. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gustav Mahler. 
4. Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gustav Mahler.
Composition written: Germany (1841).
Composition revised: Germany (1851). 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1 in B flat, Op.38 - "Spring": 1. Andante un poco maestoso
Symphony No.1 in B flat, Op.38 - "Spring": 2. Larghetto
Symphony No.1 in B flat, Op.38 - "Spring": 3. Scherzo: Molto vivace
Symphony No.1 in B flat, Op.38 - "Spring": 4. Allegro animato e grazioso
Symphony No.2 in C, Op.61: 1. Sostenuto assai - Allegro, ma non troppo
Symphony No.2 in C, Op.61: 2. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Symphony No.2 in C, Op.61: 3. Adagio espressivo
Symphony No.2 in C, Op.61: 4. Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish": 1. Lebhaft
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish": 2. Scherzo
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish": 3. Nicht schnell
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish": 4. Feierlich
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish": 5. Lebhaft-Schneller
Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.120: 1. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.120: 2. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam)
Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.120: 3. Scherzo (lebhaft) & Trio
Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.120: 4. Langsam-Lebhaft-Schneler-Presto

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