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Schumann: Sym Nos 1 - 4 / Overture Import


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  • Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005YUBL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By RLB on July 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Sawallisch and the Dresdeners offer timeless, landmark performances. Vigorous and full forced without being over-blown the performances maintain spontaneity without overdriven tempos. That Symphony 1, 4 and the Overture/Scherzo is on one disc makes for a extraordinary value. Compare the flavorless DG set of Karajan or the ill-mannered Berstein set on DG with the VPO and you'll cherish these discs. Expect nothing better in your lifetime.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Firebrand on June 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
There's a lot to like in this classic set. Wolfgang Sawallisch delivers a powerful, majestic Schumann, with plenty of rough-edged lyricism. He strikes a fine balance of expansiveness and clarity. Tempos are generally well judged, except for a few movements in which Sawallisch overdoes it (particularly on the Fourth), and the orchestral play also suffers. At times Sawallisch opts for grandness and legato that is too polished and smooth for my taste. The recorded sound is phenomenal, big and vivid. The highlights are the Second and Third, both outstanding interpretations. The First is excellent also. The Fourth is rushed and a bit sloppy.

This fine set lacks the special spirit and stunning detail of George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, which to me is the true benchmark. Sawallisch/Dresden does makes a strong case as a second best among complete sets. Other of a similar all-around quality include the two cycles of Rafael Kubelik, and Hans Vonk, also on EMI.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 19, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This set of recordings from 1972 has been in my collection for forty years now and this latest set of remastered discs is certainly worth acquiring as the recordings have never sounded better and originally sounded far from clear, even if always thrilling. The original sound was too generous in its acoustics and produced somewhat 'swimmy sounds' where detail got submerged in the venue. This has now been completely rectified and is no longer a problem.

The performances themselves have a remarkable sweep and exhilaration apparent from first note to last. This may have something to do with the circumstances of their making. The orchestra and conductor were originally booked to record Wagner's Rienzi but at the last moment two singers pulled out and that recording had to be abandoned. It was decided to use the booked time slot to make a recording of this set of Schumann. The orchestra was already very familiar with Schumann's work with a history of that link going back to the time when Schumann lived in Dresden. The change of direction for the recording sessions must have introduced an element of freshness and spontaneity with little opportunity to over-rehearse. The result, as one American reviewer put it, was 'Sawallisch's white-hot direction nails you to the wall.'

This is one of those sets where absolutely everything seems to be perfect. Schumann's symphonies have an inner glow and compulsion in these performances that leaves most of the competition far behind. others may, and certainly do, bring other values to these works but for sheer excitement, verve, spontaneity and incandescence, these discs are in a class of their own.
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