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The Royal Edition - Schumann: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Bernstein

Release Date: 06/22/1993 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 47611   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/31/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 33 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/10/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 40 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 WHEN DAYS WERE OLD AND KNIGHTS WERE BOLD March 31, 2015 By michael mclean (Arden, NC) See All My Reviews "As I grew up, my father would listen to classical recordings with the same pleasure that Archie Bunker enjoys a baseball game. By the time I was twelve years old, I was familiar with the four symphonies of Robert Schumann, and would play them with much enjoyment. In 1960, Columbia records recorded the Schumann symphonies, plus the “Manfred” overture, with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein. This was issued as an album of three stereo LP records designated D3S 725. This was back in the days when the stereo record was something new, and they would release in both the mono and stereo format. It use to kill me when I would overhear, in a record shop, the sales person ask the customer “Hi Fi or Stereo?” My father purchased this album when it came out, and after he passed away, I ended up with it. In the mid 1970's at age 35, I became obsessed with this album, particularly the third symphony. The performances have a wonderful vitality that is perfect for the romantic spirit of Schumann. I would get very involved and would imagine knights in shining armor doing battle to save fair maiden, etc. I must have played that set about fifty times, always with the utmost pleasure, particularly when a few beers helped matters along. I have about 2000 LP’s and 2400 CD’s. I have become lazy about playing the LP’s. A month ago, I got to thinking about that old album (I still have it. It is on my desk as I write this review) and I wondered if it was reissued on CD. I checked with Arkiv Music and found that Sony indeed reissued the album on two separate CD’s SMK47611, SMK47612. I ordered them on condition that I wanted them both, or none at all. They came through with both. The CD’s are very nice with the typical perfect pressing and nice booklet. I checked the timings that were published with both the LP and CD versions. They are identical. This shows that these CD’s are indeed the exact same recordings as my old favorite. The LP sound was somewhat harsh and distorted, but the CD’s are cleaned up to sound much better; about as good as one could expect, considering that they are both made from the same master tape. What a thrill it is to play these great performances again, with the improved sound, and the convenience of the CD. There are some notes on the LP set that do not appear in the CD sets: “Leonard Bernstein employs, for his performances in this album, the original Schumann orchestrations of the Symphonies rather than any of the later, commonly used revisions by others. Here, then, insofar as twentieth-century thought can represent an earlier time, are the symphonies as Schumann’s audiences heard them at the premieres. Also, these words written by Irving Kolodin in The Saturday Review: “...one of his most admirable enterprises for the phonograph - a tour of the four symphonies of Schumann, on a high level of perception, vitality and musical judgement.” These two CD’s cost me the kind of money that you used to pay for a CD back when they came out. However, at age 74, I am ever so happy to have these wonderful performances in an up to date format. It was worth every penny, and I highly recommend these CD’s to anyone who loves this music." Report Abuse
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