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Schumann: The Four Symphonies / Sawallisch, Dresden Staatskapelle


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67771   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are three (or four) indisputably great Schumann symphony cycles--Bernstein's (Sony or DG), Szell's, and this one. All three have one thing in common, however different their approaches in other respects: they take the outer movements of each symphony with tremendous excitement and verve, making sure that wind parts and contrapuntal lines sound clearly. The virtues of Wolfgang Sawallisch's performances are well known and include his eruptive way with the "Spring" Symphony, the virtuosic scherzo of the Second and its brilliantly triumphant finale, the blazing energy he brings to the opening of the "Rhenish", and the thrilling first-movement development of the Fourth (has its motto theme's triumphant first appearance ever been better Read more prepared and executed?). Of course, different listeners will have their own favorite passages, but uniting it all is the superb playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Toss in the best-ever version of the Overture, Scherzo and Finale (an unjustly neglected masterpiece if ever there was one), and you have a set that belongs in every serious record collection. A/B comparison with previous issues reveals very little sonic improvement in this new remastering, save for the higher-level transfer. On some systems these performances tend to sound overly bright, though I have always found them excellently balanced and, if not exactly mellow, never strident or shrill. A magnificent reissue.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1972 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 32 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1972 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 37 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1972 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 33 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1972 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (1841).
Composition revised: Germany (1851). 
5.
Overture, Scherzo and Finale in E minor, Op. 52 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1972 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (1841).
Composition revised: 1845. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Op. 38, Spring (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Andante poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Op. 38, Spring (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Op. 38, Spring (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Molto vivace) - Trio I - Trio II
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Op. 38, Spring (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro animato e grazioso
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Lebhaft) & Trio
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Langsam - Lebhaft
Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op. 52 (2001 Digital Remaster): Overture (Andante con moto - Allegro)
Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op. 52 (2001 Digital Remaster): Scherzo (Vivo)
Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op. 52 (2001 Digital Remaster): Finale (Allegro molto vivace)
Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Trio I - Trio II
Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio espressivo
Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61 (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97 Rhenish (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Lebhaft
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97 Rhenish (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Scherzo (Sehr mäßig)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97 Rhenish (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Nicht schnell
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97 Rhenish (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Feierlich
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97 Rhenish (2001 Digital Remaster): V. Lebhaft

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