Schuman: Symphonies Nos. 3, 5 ("Symphony for Strings") & 8
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The three-movement Symphony for Strings (the Fifth Symphony) is, if anything, more cultured and restrained and is no less compelling. It has been called a masterpiece and deservedly so. The sophistication of the writing is impressive enough but more important, it is a genuinely inspired and joyous work.
I must admit I wasn't that crazy about the Eighth Symphony at first. It seemed to me to recall the bad old days when "random music" and dissonance were in vogue (though not among audiences). On the other hand, in this era of pop-influenced, sugar-coated minimalism, it's actually possible to be a bit nostalgic for those days! I have concluded after several listenings that the Eighth is a rewarding piece that grows on the listener. Don't give up on it!
Bernstein was at his peak in the 1960's and his full-throated, no-holds-barred approach suits the music perfectly, capturing Schuman's passion as well as his intellect. Finally, the sound is fully worthy of the music and performances. In the big Third and Eighth symphonies, it is remarkably atmospheric but sharply etched too. The recording of the Fifth is more confined acoustically but still eminently satisfactory.
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William Schuman finally seems to be getting more attention as the years go by. There was a great article about him in the newest "Listen: Life With Classical Music" (Spring 2012... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Transfigured Knight
William Schuman's brilliant, bold, extrovert third symphony is an important landmark in the history of American symphonic music. Read morePublished on August 24, 2011 by G.D.
I receive the CD on time and it was in a good shape. I have no criticism to express. Everything was OK.Published on January 1, 2011 by Beauchamps
I've always loved these recordings of Schuman's symphonies. I would rather not speak for them as they each have their own unique personality, not quite like progressing from... Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by David Thierry
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I guess I'm in the minority on this CD. I owned it once and didn't particularly care for it. After finding Schuman's wonderful violin concerto, I returned to this CD to see if I... Read morePublished on April 27, 2005 by Larry VanDeSande
Though Bernstein's DG recording of Schuman's Third Symphony is good, it does not show nearly the enthusiam for the music that is present in this recording. Read morePublished on December 12, 2001 by Charles Taylor
William Schuman was one of the most interesting composers that came out from the creative outburst in arts of the 30's in the US. Read morePublished on March 6, 2000 by Daniele