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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 / Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Schumann / Seattle Symphony / Schwarz
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571213   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The last of Schumann’s Symphonies to be composed, Symphony No 3 ‘Rhenish’ was most likely inspired by a cruise taken by the composer and his wife down the river Rhine. Alternating between austere splendour, great rhythmic suppleness and soaring lines, the work is an aural depiction of rural life by the river and the majestic cathedral in Cologne, and one that dares to reflect tensions between Classical form and Romantic innovation. So too does Symphony No 4, cast in four seamless movements that show Schumann’s masterly command of interrelated material and of symphonic unity. The last of Schumann’s Symphonies to be composed, Symphony No 3 ‘Rhenish’ was most likely inspired by a cruise taken by the composer and his wife down the river Rhine. Alternating between austere splendour, great rhythmic suppleness and soaring lines, the work is an aural depiction of rural life by the river and the majestic cathedral in Cologne, and one that dares to reflect tensions between Classical form and Romantic innovation. So too does Symphony No 4, cast in four seamless movements that show Schumann’s masterly command of interrelated material and of symphonic unity. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
2.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97, "Rhenish": I. Lebhaft
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97, "Rhenish": II. Scherzo: Sehr massig
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97, "Rhenish": III. Nicht schnell
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97, "Rhenish": IV. Feierlich
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97, "Rhenish": V. Lebhaft
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (revised version, 1851): I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (revised version, 1851): II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (revised version, 1851): III. Scherzo: Lebhaft
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (revised version, 1851): IV. Langsam: Lebhaft

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