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Schumann: Overtures 'Genoveva' and 'Manfred'; Symphony No. 2 / Orchestra Mozart, Abbado

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>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
>Schumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115
>Schumann, Robert : Genoveva, Op. 81

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
>Schumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115
>Schumann, Robert : Genoveva, Op. 81
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In the year of Abbados 80th birthday (26. June), this album celebrates a true legend of the world of classical music.

Claudio Abbados interpretation of the Second Symphony is his first recording of a Schumann symphony for DG.

The noble Genoveva and stirring Manfred overtures are exalted additions to this album.

About his Second as performed at the Lucerne Easter Festival, the Neue Zurcher Zeitung extolled Abbados reading as of the purest beauty, while Berlins Der Tagesspiegel found Abbados way with the symphony liberating.

Recorded at Viennas Musikverein in November 2012.

The Observer, 8th July 2013
As far as one can tell, they are not using period instruments, but the timbres are transparent and Abbado's scrupulous attention to detail bears fruit...He emphasises Schumann's lyricism at the expense of his weightier moments.

The Times, 22nd June 2013
Abbado's metrical freedoms won't please all, but this exhilarating and passionate music-making certainly doesn't sound like a conductor's swansong.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
Right from the slow introduction's mysterious opening bars, this is a compelling account of the C major Second Symphony, imbued with Abbado's characteristic attention to detail, and the sharply pointed rhythms he obtains from his augmented Orchestra Mozart.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
The combination of the hall's acoustics and the Orchestra Mozart's burnished timbre ensures that the sound quality is of a supreme order, but allied to that is the living perspective that Abbado brings to the music...He achieves impeccable clarity of texture, unanimity of attack and precision of articulation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Musikverein, Groáer Saal, Vienna (11/2012).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 38 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1845-1846
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Schumann, Robert : Genoveva, Op. 81
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847-1849
  • Studio/Live: Live