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Schumann: Complete Symphonies [Import]

Robert Schumann , John Eliot Gardiner , Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Schumann: Symphony In G Minor "Zwickau" (Unfinished) - 1. Moderato - AllegroOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique10:37Album Only
listen  2. Schumann: Symphony In G Minor "Zwickau" (Unfinished) - 2. Andantino - Intermezzo:Allegro assai - AndantinoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 7:57Album Only
listen  3. Schumann: Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring" - 1. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivaceOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique10:54Album Only
listen  4. Schumann: Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring" - 2. LarghettoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Schumann: Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring" - 3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Schumann: Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring" - 4. Allegro animato e graziosoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 7:42Album Only
listen  7. Schumann: Overture, Scherzo, And Finale, Op.52 - 1. Overture (Andante con moto - allegro)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Schumann: Overture, Scherzo, And Finale, Op.52 - 2. Scherzo (vivo)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Schumann: Overture, Scherzo, And Finale, Op.52 - 3. Finale (Allegro molto vivace)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:18$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - Original Version (1841) - 1. Andante con moto - Allegro di moltoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:18Album Only
listen  2. Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - Original Version (1841) - 2. Romanza: AndanteOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - Original Version (1841) - 3. Scherzo: PrestoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - Original Version (1841) - 4. Largo - Finale: Allegro vivaceOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 6:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 1. Sostenuto assai - Un poco piů vivace - Allegro ma non troppo - Con fuocoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique12:12Album Only
listen  6. Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 2. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 7:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 3. Adagio espresssivoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique10:08Album Only
listen  8. Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 4. Allegro molto vivaceOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:29Album Only


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Schumann: Konzertstück Op.86 In F For 4 Horns And Orchestra - 1. Lebhaft -Roger Montgomery 7:06Album Only
listen  2. Schumann: Konzertstück Op.86 In F For 4 Horns And Orchestra - 2. RomanzeRoger Montgomery 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Schumann: Konzertstück Op.86 In F For 4 Horns And Orchestra - 3. Sehr lebhaftRoger Montgomery 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Schumann: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" - 1. LebhaftOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 8:50Album Only
listen  5. Schumann: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" - 2. Scherzo (Sehr mäßig)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Schumann: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" - 3. Nicht schnellOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Schumann: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" - 4. FeierlichOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 4:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Schumann: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" - 5. LebhaftOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 1. Ziemlich langsam - LebhaftOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 9:58Album Only
listen10. Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 2. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 3. ScherzoOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 4. Etwas zurückhaltend - LangsamOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 5. LebhaftOrchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 7:40Album Only


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  • Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (March 11, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Archiv Prod Import
  • ASIN: B000006PKI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gardiner does it again, and again, and again... December 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Another wonderful set of discs from Gardiner -- how on earth does he do it? No matter, these interpretations are thrilling. Powerful yet clear, forward moving yet expressive, and free of the musical rambling usually associated with Schumann. I firmly believe that Schumann's undeserved reputation as a second rate composer is reinforced by all the absolutely *stupid* performance traditions associated with his works (particularly his early piano works -- pianists usually ignore Schumann's precise markings). Gardiner scraps tradition here. The finale of the First Symphony is no longer a dainty ditty but a vigorous, life affirming dance coloured with Schumann's lyric muse -- a wonderful fusing of the "animato" of Schumann's tempo mark and the the farewell of Spring that the music depicts. In this interpretation, the Third Symphony gathers energy from movement to movement. The awesome cathedralesque splendor of the fourth movement is realized splendidly and the sweeping finale avoids the sense of anticlimax that usually happens in performances and recordings of this work. The Second Symphony (my personal favorite) is just magnificent from start to finish -- with an especially affecting slow movement and a finale that suits Gardiner's conducting very well. And, as always, textures are clarified and details are revealed -- listen, for example, to the busy texture of the recap. of the first movement of the Second. As I was listening to this cycle I kept on saying to myself "it can't possibly be this good!" But it is, believe me.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schumann Restored November 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This set of CDs set out to debunk the myth that Robert Schumann was an incompetent orchestrator and was merely a gifted amateur. The results are an unqualified success. Recorded here are all of Schumann's works for orchestra, including the little heard first version of the 4th symphony and his earliest symphonic work the so-called "Zwickau" symphony.
John Elliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique play these works with passion and conviction. The playing is fabulous and the recording quality is superb. It was a great discovery for me to listen to these discs and fully appreciate Schumann's place in musical history. Prior to this, my interest in this composer was slight, so this set filled a gap. I can attest that the Rhenish symphony and the revised 4th, the most popular of Schumann's symphonies, sparkle under Gardiner's direction. My older recording of these works are rarely played now. I highly recommend the journey that these records offer.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Schumann lovers. February 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
John Eliot Gardiner's scholarly approach to the orchestral music of Robert Schumann has nothing fusty about it; in fact, the elegance and sprightliness of the music shines through, putting the lie to the old canard that Schumann was a heavy, unimaginative orchestrator. Besides excellent versions of old favorites such as the "Rhenish" Symphony and the Konzertstuck for four horns and orchestra, there are enticing rarities here, such as Schumann's apprentice G Minor symphony, the "Zwickau," which isn't included in his official canon of symphonies. I cannot see why any true Schumann fans would not want to have this boxed set; it is a fascinating document, presenting Schumann's music much as he must have imagined it himself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting. October 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This set it absolutely glorious. All of the works are played with utmost precision, rhythmic security and great tempo choices. The period instruments add an extra degree of clarity as well as exaggerated dynamic contrasts and prominent timpani throughout. This is easily the finest performance of the Konzertstuck currently available, and one of the most exciting Rhenish performances on disc. If, like me, you're put off by Gardiner's sometimes 'too tidy' or 'antiseptic' sounding recordings, don't be here. I found his Beethoven cycle a bit robotic, but there is thankfully a much higher degree of personality to be found here. The one drawback is a lack of tension in most of the slow movements (especially in the 2nd symphony) that makes them sound a bit trite - for the utmost here you have to turn to Bernstein's DG accounts. Regardless, if you're looking for a beautifully put together recording of these works, don't hesitate.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding piece of work November 13, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Konzertstuck is the best recording I have ever heard; stunning horn playing.Worth buying the CDs just for that alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Elliott Gardiner conducts Schumann February 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The year 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann (1810- 1855). I took the first of what I hope will be many opportunities to revisit his music by listening to this recording of Schumann's symphonies by John Elliott Gardiner conducting the Orchestre Revolutionarire et Romantique. This 3-CD set dates from 1998 and appears, unfortunately, to be out-of-print. But these recordings are lively, lucid, and inspired readings of this great romantic composer.

Gardiner is best-known for period performances. Many listeners associate "period" recordings with music of the Baroque and early classical periods; but, as shown here, it offers insights into later music as well. Schumann's symphonies frequently are undervalued due to the composer's claimed deficiencies with orchestration. Many performances of his works sound clotted and muddy, allegedly as a result of Schumann's shortcomings as an orchestral composer. It is commmon to use "retouched" versions of the scores in performance. Gardiner argues that the heavy orchestral sound and sometimes ponderous rhythm in performances of these works is due in large part to late romantic performance practices, in particular the use of large orchestras which with their size and arrangement of instruments create imbalances when used to play Schumann. Thus these works are performed by a reduced orchestra consisting of about 50 performers which is the ensemble Schumann generally would have had available. Gardiner has made other adjustments in balancing the instruments, including changes in phrasing and articulation, that effect the sound. The result is that these Schumann symphonies have a lightness of texture that belies the heavy-handed sound of many performances.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lie Back and Think of Dr Who
Don Quixote is the archetype of heroic incompetence. His iconoclasm, be it advertent or otherwise, resembles a tornado. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars I like *all* the musical pieces on this collecion
For just about any collection, one will most likely have a few CD's which just gather dust. However, I personally have enjoyed each CD in this one.
Published 9 months ago by T. Nathan Mundhenk
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Schumann performed as he must have envisaged
This fine set, extremely well recorded in 1997, is also a notably complete set as it contains both versions of the fourth symphony as well as the early Zwickau symphony. Read more
Published 16 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure ,Schumannn complete symphonies realized
i am a amateur as a classic Fan.
In these classic Symphonies ,Schumann sympho are satisfied with our HEARTS,WHY? Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nobuhiko Takahashi
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Set, but I think One can Do Better
I've always liked the Schumann symphonies very much -- I loved the Fourth from the start, but soon thereafter I really got into the Second, which became my favorite and has never... Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. R. Trtek
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 for Gardiner...3 for the music.
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Published on December 15, 2011 by DaddyD
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Gardiner's best forays outside the Baroque
Schumann was the quintessential Romantic composer, so it was only a matter of time before the period-style crowd got on his case. Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Schumann
Gardiner and the Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique bring new life into Schumann's catchy tunes. Read more
Published on October 1, 2008 by Geza G. Schenk
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best By Far of Modern Performances
These are outstanding performances, marred perhaps by just a shade lacking in the quality of the orchestra - compare the opening of the Rhenish to Bernstein's with the Vienna,... Read more
Published on July 28, 2005 by Doug - Haydn Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright, colourful and fresh sound
There isn't much more to be said about this superb recording. It does shed new light on Schumann's often underrated orchestral works and reveal him to be a better orchestrator than... Read more
Published on December 29, 2004 by Steven Guy
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