Release Date: 03/22/2011
Label:RcaCatalog #: 38356
Composer: Robert Schumann Conductor: James Levine Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra Number of Discs: 2
Recorded in: Stereo
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*** 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 retainedRead 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 Read less
Lithe, athletic, exciting SchumannJune 29, 2013By 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