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Schumann: Symphony Nos. 1 & 4 / Manfred Overture


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listen  1. Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - ''Spring'' - 1. Andante Un Poco Maestoso - Allegro Molto VivaceBerliner Philharmoniker11:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - ''Spring'' - 2. LarghettoBerliner Philharmoniker 7:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - ''Spring'' - 3. Scherzo (Molto Vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - ''Spring'' - 4. Allegro Animato E GraziosoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 1. Ziemlich Langsam - LebhaftBerliner Philharmoniker10:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 2. Romanze (Ziemlich Langsam)Berliner Philharmoniker 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 3. ScherzoBerliner Philharmoniker 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 4. Langsam - Lebhaft - Schneller - PrestoBerliner Philharmoniker 9:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Schumann: Manfred Op.115Berliner Philharmoniker12:54$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (May 11, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on September 27, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Again, Big Jim is not the most photogenic guy on the planet. This cover is gruesome even by his standards. Whenever he's in this mode - eat, grind, devour - even the Cookie Monster has reason to be wary.

Much like its twin, this disc is a delight. It affords an opportunity to hear a Master in Schumann, accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic at its zenith. You would not want to play this recording on a day of Total Fire Ban: music-making of this calibre is incendiary. Listen to the unanimity of attack in the third movement of the D Minor: this is an ultimate statement. The great transition passage that follows thereafter - blessed be Clara for evoking such inspiration - threatens to burn a hole in the floor. The vernal pith of the Spring Symphony is encompassed with aplomb.

I read SFL's review before listening to this disc. I disagree respectfully re the finale of the Spring: a tad on the slow side it might be but dead it ain't. I concur elsewhere: the opening of the D Minor is less minatory than others; as Levine is not laying his cards on the table at once, all well and good.

If there is a (slight) problem here, I'd nominate the opening bars of the Manfred Overture: they're jerky and breathless.

As this was a download on my part, I'd love to know where this cycle was recorded. To my ears, the acoustic is too aerated to be the Philharmonie. Could the Jesus Christus Church be in play?

On the basis of this cycle and Levine's stellar recording of Mozart: Kronungsmesse Mass in C Major; Haydn: Missa in Tempore Belli, what a pity that the Conclave of 1989 failed to empurple Big Jim.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 25, 2006
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Schumann's piano music sounds best when the painist seems to be inventing the phrases on the spur of the moment. That's much harder to do with an entire orchestra, but Levine has the knack. The opening movement of his "Spring" Sym. feels as fresh and new as Schumann intended, avoiding any tendency toward romantic posturing even when the music wants to burst its seams. I wish he hadn't taken the Finale a minute slower than Bernstein, Sawallisch, and most others. At over 9 min., the movement feels too close to the tempo and spirit of the first movement. Levine needed more exhiliration here, however beautifully the music is played.

The Berlin Phil. sounds great, of course, and the 1990 sonics from DG, though a trifle shrill, are fine. Levine's Sym. #4 begins with less tension and anticipation than other readings, but he is saving himself, and by the end of the first movement a steady increase in pressure leads to a thrilling climax. He keeps up the tension from that moment on, resulting in a gripping, satisfying account, albeit without the turbulence of a Bernstein or Furtwangler. In all, if it weren't for the misjudged final movement of Sym. #1, this CD would be as great as Levine's other Schumann recordings--he is to the manner born with this composer.
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