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Schumann: The 4 Symphonies / Kuhn, Haydn Orchestra Of Bolzano & Trento

Schumann / Haydn Orch Of Bolzano & Trento / Kuhn
Release Date: 01/10/2011 
Label:  Col Legno   Catalog #: 60021   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gustav Kuhn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SCHUMANN Symphonies: Nos. 1–4 Gustav Kuhn, cond; Haydn O of Bolzano and Trento COL LEGNO 60021 (2 CDs: 217:04) Live: Bolzano 2010

This is going to be short. Check the last issue, where I reviewed the Vienna Symphony set of all four Schumann symphonies with Fabio Luisi; take away my only somewhat disparaging remarks about the sound (I loved the performances), and apply those comments plus vibrant, spacious, and clear-as-a- bell sonics, and you have an apt summation of this issue.

Read more /> I am not that familiar with Gustav Kuhn or the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, but the former is certainly a Schumann conductor of the first rank, exploring the composer’s every romantic zig and zag through the vicissitudes of Mendelssohnian structure and infused romantic pathos. It really is a minefield out there for any potential Schumann symphony interpreter, but Kuhn manages to tiptoe through the explosive tulips and deliver the goods with panache and much excitement. And his orchestra? These folks are just terrific, wherever they come from. The brass give us fatty, Bruckner-like chorales (anyone ever consider that linkage?) while simultaneously providing zesty interjections of considerable voltage. The winds are plummy and incisive while the strings are simply luscious. I haven’t heard the slow movement of the Second Symphony played with any more luster and suavity than here, and that includes Bernstein and Barenboim.

So this is a set that deserves to join the greats—and check the Fanfare Archive for those, as they have been mentioned many times—and easily ranks as one of the best-sounding in recent years. Bravo to all concerned—Schumann has been really well served in the last several years, and this is one of the cappers.

FANFARE: Steven E. Ritter
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gustav Kuhn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Venue:  Auditorium Haydn, Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 32 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gustav Kuhn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
Venue:  Auditorium Haydn, Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 38 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gustav Kuhn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Venue:  Auditorium Haydn, Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 31 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gustav Kuhn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Venue:  Auditorium Haydn, Bolzano, Italy 
Length: 32 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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