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Schumann: The 4 Symphonies [Box set]

R. Schumann Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 1, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Berlin Classics
  • ASIN: B0000035O0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 1 in B flat major ('Spring'), Op. 38: 1. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace
2. Symphony No. 1 in B flat major ('Spring'), Op. 38: 2. Larghetto
3. Symphony No. 1 in B flat major ('Spring'), Op. 38: 3. Scherzo. Molto vivace
4. Symphony No. 1 in B flat major ('Spring'), Op. 38: 4. Allegro animato e grazioso
5. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: 1. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
6. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61: 2. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
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Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ('Rhenish'), Op. 97: 1. Lebhaft
2. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ('Rhenish'), Op. 97: 2. Scherzo.Sehr mäßig
3. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ('Rhenish'), Op. 97: 3. Nicht schnell
4. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ('Rhenish'), Op. 97: 4. Feierlich
5. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ('Rhenish'), Op. 97: 5. Lebhaft
6. Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120: 1. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
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Disc: 3
1. Overture, Scherzo & Finale for orchestra in E minor / E major, Op. 52: Ouvertüre. Andnate con moto - Allegro
2. Overture, Scherzo & Finale for orchestra in E minor / E major, Op. 52: Scherzo. Vivo
3. Overture, Scherzo & Finale for orchestra in E minor / E major, Op. 52: Finale. Allegro molto vivace
4. Genoveva, opera, Op. 81: Ouvertüre
5. Konzertstück for 4 horns & orchestra in F major, Op. 86: 1. Lebhaft
6. Konzertstück for 4 horns & orchestra in F major, Op. 86: 2. Romanze. Ziemlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Schumann interpretations June 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Franz Konwitschny is perhaps not the most well-known conductor, probably partly due to the fact that he worked and lived in East Germany during the Cold War. He was born in 1901, Fulnek, Northern Moravia, and he died in 1962 in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia while conducting in a TV broadcast. From 1949 until his death he was principal conductor for the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig, where he became a DDR classical superstar. He received a state funeral in that city, with a crowd weeping some miles along the streets.

This box collects his outstanding Schumann interpretations - the four symphonies, the "Genoveva" and "Manfred" overtures, and the rarely performed "Konzertstück für vier Hörner", op. 86 and the "Overture, Scherzo, and Finale", op. 52. All performances were recorded in the "Studio" Bethanienkirche in Leipzig, with its excellent acoustics. They are also taped in very good early vintage analogue stereo by the VEB Deutsche Schallplatten engineers - and the Berlin Classics' remasterings are excellent.

In sum, these are classic DDR Schumann recordings, in the old school style from a great conductor - what more could you ask for? Of course, for the symphonies, we have strong competition: references include Kubelik (SONY), Szell (SONY) and, recently, Barenboim (Teldec). But Konwitschny's performances are second to none, even if I don't want to be without any of these other recordings.

Warmly recommended!

(The Schumann cycle is also included in the box "The Art of Franz Konwitschny", vol. 2.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schumann from old scholl September 19, 2009
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This is an old school style for Schumann, but it keeps as one
of the best Schumann symphonic cycles available. Satisfaction
guaranteed.
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