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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Schumann / Seattle Symphony / Schwarz
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571212   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Faced with the challenge of following in Beethoven’s giant symphonic footsteps, Robert Schumann acknowledged this musical predecessor, but expanded his forms and structures into new and impassioned utterances. Inspired “by the spirit of spring”, the Symphony No 1 was swiftly composed and was a huge success at its première in 1841. The Symphony No 2 had a longer gestation, but for many has become a symphonic song of praise and rejoicing for which “Gerard Schwarz and his Seattle Symphony Orchestra serve as excellent guides”. (Gramophone) Faced with the challenge of following in Beethoven’s giant symphonic footsteps, Robert Schumann acknowledged this musical predecessor, but expanded his forms and structures into new and impassioned utterances. Inspired “by the spirit of spring”, the Symphony No 1 was swiftly composed and was a huge success at its première in 1841. The Symphony No 2 had a longer gestation, but for many has become a symphonic song of praise and rejoicing for which “Gerard Schwarz and his Seattle Symphony Orchestra serve as excellent guides”. (Gramophone) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1988 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 35 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 37 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38, "Spring": I. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38, "Spring": II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38, "Spring": III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38, "Spring": IV. Allegro animato e grazioso
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: I. Sostenuto assai
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: III. Adagio espressivo
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: IV. Allegro molto vivace

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