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Schumann: The 4 Symphonies / Kurt Masur, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra


Release Date: 04/09/2011 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 34172  
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kurt Masur approaches the symphonies easily and gracefully. He is capable of a gesture of proper grandeur, as at the opening to No. 1, but on the whole he treats them more lightly... The delightful Scherzo to No. 3, marked moderato, is played rather solemnly by Sawallisch, where Masur touches elegantly on its Leindler grace and its easy flow up and down the arpeggios. Opening No. 4, Sawallisch responds to the very Beethoven-like scoring with similar grandeur of utterance; Masur is quieter, seeking out the Romantic tinge in the bassoon and middle string phrases...

-- Gramophone [9/1976]
reviewing the original LP release
Kurt Masur approaches the symphonies easily and gracefully. He is capable of a gesture of proper grandeur, as at the opening to No. 1, but on the whole he treats them more lightly... The delightful Scherzo to No. 3, marked moderato, is played rather solemnly by Sawallisch, where Masur touches elegantly on its Leindler grace and its easy flow up and down the arpeggios. Opening No. 4, Sawallisch responds to the very Beethoven-like scoring with similar grandeur of utterance; Masur is quieter, seeking out the Romantic tinge in the bassoon and middle string phrases...

-- Gramophone [9/1976]
reviewing the original LP release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
4.
Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Brilliant Performance; Great Recording April 24, 2015 By Peter Amsel (Ottawa, ON) See All My Reviews "Historically, the Gewandhaus Orchestra performed the Premiere Performances of Robert Schumann's Four Symphonies, so having an opportunity to hear a contemporary performance, under the baton of Kurt Masur, gives the listener a chance to come full circle with the brilliant compositions of one of the Romantic periods greatest composers. Schumann is not necessarily known best known for his symphonic works, especially when one considers the copious amounts of lieder he composed, as well as the solo piano and chamber works, but that should not dissuade the listener from exploring these four Symphonies: they are masterworks of the highest calibre, and Kurt Masur guides the Gewandhaus Orchestra through a performance that sounds as native as though the music had been composed specifically for this ensemble. Schumann is, above all, a great melodist, but his orchestrations are equally masterful, and this is brought to the forefront by Maestro Masur who allows all of the subtleness of the scores to speak through the performances with a deftness that one is enveloped from the opening of the First Symphony through the closing of the Fourth. The music is both invigorating and calming, as Schumann carries the listener through his musical world. The bonus on each disc are the two overtures - the Overture to Goethe's Hermann und Dorothea Op. posth. 136 on disc one, which is rapturously beautiful, and the Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, Op. 52, on disc 2 - an aural treat that rounds out the discs such that this is a recording that any fan of Schumann should definitely not pass up the opportunity to own. The Four Symphonies stand beside the greatest in the repertoire, and Schumann should definitely be considered one of the great symphonists, even if he only contributed four to the repertoire. It is not the number that matters; it's the quality of the music, and these are, without question, amongst the best of the period. Enjoy!" Report Abuse
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