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Schumann: Complete Symphonies; Das Paradies Und Die Peri / Gardiner [5-CD Collector's Edition]

Gardiner,John Eliot
Release Date: 04/15/2014 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 002020702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gavin EdwardsSusan DentRobert MaskellRoger Montgomery,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et RomantiqueMonteverdi ChoirHanover Boys' Choir Members
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

5 out of 5 stars for performance, 5 out of 5 stars for sound

Of all the 19th-century composers who have been given the ‘period instrument treatment’ in the last couple of decades, Schumann’s reputation has perhaps gained the most. Long criticised for his supposedly opaque orchestration, and for symphonic structures which fell somewhere between the tunefulness of Schubert and the serious integrity of Brahms, it has taken the clear textures and energy of the period bands to bring this music back to life.

There have already been several reassessments on disc, but this handsome new DG collection strikes me as the best complete set so far. Ever the original, Gardiner has performed these symphonies with the
Read more violins and violas standing (as was the practice in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Schumann’s day); and though it might seem perverse to say one can hear the results on CD, I was certainly aware when listening to these thrilling performances of a vigour and projection to the string playing which is all too often lacking. Speeds are brisk but never driven too hard: awkward moments such as the scherzos in the First and Fourth symphonies have an appropriate lightness, but Gardiner is prepared to enjoy movements such as the Adagio espressivo of No. 2, with its exquisite oboe melody.

Like Harnoncourt in his recent Teldec Schumann cycle (with the COE – modern instruments but ‘period’ manners), Gardiner gives an airing to the seldom-heard original 1841 version of Symphony No. 4; but whereas the Harnoncourt set fits on to two CDs, Gardiner’s extra playing time allows not only the more familiar 1851 revision of this work, but also Schumann’s two not-quite symphonies and the wonderful Konzertstück for four horns. The recordings manage to be both magnificently detailed and warm, and DGproduction values are high throughout. Strongly recommended.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in G minor "Zwickau" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Germany 
2.
Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
3.
Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
4.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
5.
Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
6.
Overture, Scherzo and Finale in E minor, Op. 52 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
7.
Concertstück for 4 Horns and Orchestra in F major, Op. 86 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gavin Edwards (French Horn), Susan Dent (French Horn), Robert Maskell (French Horn),
Roger Montgomery (French Horn)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
8.
Das Paradies und die Peri, Op. 50 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano), Alexandra Coku (Soprano),
Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Neill Archer (Tenor), Gerald Finley (Baritone),
Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Main Hall, Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 96 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Requiem for Mignon, Op. 98b by Robert Schumann
Performer:  William Dazeley (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Hanover Boys' Choir Members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Main Hall, Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Nachtlied, Op. 108 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Main Hall, Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

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 Exquisite! September 29, 2014 By John Rathbun (Mills River, NC) See All My Reviews "This inexpensive set contains a wealth of Schumann's orchestral music realized in an historically-sensitive manner but never sacrificing depth for period practices. The only way it might have been improved is by including a libretto for Das Paradies Und Die Peri, but the charm of these performances more than compensates." Report Abuse
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