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Schumann: The Symphonies / Levine, Philadelphia


Release Date: 03/24/2011 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 38356  
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

*** This title is a reissue of a Japanese release with liner notes in Japanese. ***

This is terrific Schumann, the Fourth Symphony especially, which remains one of the most thrilling performances ever. James Levine whips up a huge amount of excitement in the work's outer movements, never once letting the energy flag. In the equally fine Second Symphony a touch more presence from woodwinds and timpani would have capped the otherwise glorious finale even more splendidly, but otherwise there's absolutely nothing to quibble about--particularly when the Adagio is one of the most cogently paced and eloquently sung on disc. The Philadelphians play gorgeously, especially the strings, which in the late 1970s still retained
Read more their famous Ormandy sound, only here wedded to razor sharp rhythms and really tight ensemble playing.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
from review of earlier reissue, RCA 55305
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
2. Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
3. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
4. Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Lithe, athletic, exciting Schumann June 29, 2013 By William C S. (Thousand Oaks, CA) See All My Reviews "There are few integral Schumann Cycles that are desert island performances. This one, recorded in the late seventies in Philadelphia, is as close to a desert island classic as there is. The recorded sound is resplendent. The performances are well paced, exciting and incisive. There may well be individual performances of each that one might prefer over the long hall, with the exception of Symphony #2, but for the price, in one small package, this cycle, which I have owned on LP, MC and CD both in domestic, German and Japanese formats, ranks five stars in my book. From start to finish, it is a winner in every way." Report Abuse
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