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Robert Schumann: Symphony "Zwickauer"; Overture, Scherzo & Finale; Overtures / Robert-Schumann PO

> Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52 - Overture: Andante con moto - Allegro
> Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52 - Scherzo: Vivo
> Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52 - Finale: Allegro molto vivace
> Manfred, Op. 115: Overture - Manfred, Op. 115: Overture
> Julius Caesar Overture, Op. 128 - Julius Caesar Overture, Op. 128
> Hermann and Dorothea, Op. 136 - Hermann and Dorothea, Op. 136
> Symphony in G Minor, Anhang A3, "Zwickau" (critical edition by. M. Wendt) - I. Adagio - Allegro molto
> Symphony in G Minor, Anhang A3, "Zwickau" (critical edition by. M. Wendt) - II. Andante quasi Allegretto - Intermezzo quasi Scherzo: Allegro assai

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Overture, Scherzo & Finale for orchestra in E minor / E major, Op. 52
>Schumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115
>Schumann, Robert : Overture to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, for orchestra in F minor, Op. 128
>Schumann, Robert : Overture to Goethe's Hermann und Dorothea, for orchestra in B minor, Op. 136
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony in G minor "Zwickau"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The press has acclaimed cpo's new interpretations of Robert Schumann's four symphonies on the basis of the original Urtext editions by Dr. Joachim Draheim as a genuine discovery: "An extraordinarily airy, transparent recording. Schumann shines in a completely new light. Where one once suspected underdone elegance, the master's difficult struggle for success is now vividly audible. And previously mildly overdone pathos now respires as a sensuous cabinet piece - while otherwise rather hidden passages expand to great moments" (Freie Presse). cpo's sequel recording is in every way equal to the first. Schumann's Overture, Scherzo, and Finale op. 52 may have been overshadowed by his symphonies because the original design of a lighter weight symphony appealing to the public and without a slow movement was not understood, but compelling themes, brilliant orchestral parts, and above all the conclusion with its enchanting interplay of harmonies and tone colors now convey just the opposite message.

The fragment of the early, so-called Zwickau Symphony in G minor, a recording premiere based on the new critical edition by Matthias Wendt, shows us the autodidact Schumann as a courageous and imaginative experimenter. And once again Frank Beerman, the charismatic principal conductor of the Robert Schumann Philharmonic, shows these works and three overtures by Schumann in a new interpretive light.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
They play admirably enough and those curious will find this single-disc collection handy.

The Guardian, 6th March 2014
The Chemnitz-based Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie and their music director, Frank Beermann, have already recorded all the numbered symphonies for CPO in a new critical edition, so the Zwickauer Symphony makes an obvious appendix; the movements are certainly worth hearing - inevitably indebted to Beethoven, and with occasional echoes of Schubert, too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lukaskirche Dresden (09/19/2011-09/22/2011).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Overture, Scherzo & Finale for orchestra in E minor / E major, Op. 52
  • Conductor: Frank Beermann
  • Ensemble: Robert Schumann Philharmonic
  • Notes: Lukaskirche Dresden (09/19/2011-09/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Schumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Frank Beermann
  • Notes: Lukaskirche Dresden (09/19/2011-09/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Schumann, Robert : Overture to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, for orchestra in F minor, Op. 128
  • Conductor: Frank Beermann
  • Notes: Lukaskirche Dresden (09/19/2011-09/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Robert : Overture to Goethe's Hermann und Dorothea, for orchestra in B minor, Op. 136
  • Conductor: Frank Beermann
  • Notes: Lukaskirche Dresden (09/19/2011-09/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony in G minor "Zwickau"
  • Conductor: Frank Beermann
  • Notes: Lukaskirche Dresden (09/19/2011-09/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1832-1833