Homage to Robert Schumann / Daniel Harding, Staatskapelle Dresden [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Genoveva, Op. 81
>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Fragment in C Minor
>Schumann, Robert : Abendmusik in B flat major
>Schumann, Robert : Nachtlied, for chorus & orchestra, Op. 108
>Schumann, Robert : Requiem for Mignon, Op. 98b
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This concert marks the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann's birth and offers a welcome opportunity to introduce three of the most impressive but now too rarely performed works from his Dresden period. Particular highlights - which will come as a surprise even to connoisseurs of his works - are a first performance and a world premiere of rediscovered and reconstructed symphonic movements dating from the composer's legendary "Symphony Year" of 1841.

Fanfare
The indistinct harp and the generally slower tempos can most likely be blamed on the acoustic of the Frauenkirche, which has a decay time of about five seconds. The MDR engineers have tamed this for the most part with close miking; the microphones can be seen next to the players' stands and close overhead. The small chorus is made to sound larger by the lively acoustic, but again multi-miking has minimized this. I suspect, though, that even those fluent in German would have trouble discerning many of the words. The problems with reverberation become greater after the chorus departs, so that there is a perceptible loss of clarity during the symphony. Sound quality in stereo mode differs little between the high-resolution disc and the DVD. The Blu-ray 5.1 track does create a more distinct aural image than that of the DVD, and the picture is certainly sharper in the former. Last niggle: One can hear what sounds like occasional off-mike singing during the program. I suspect that it is Harding, and it sounds like the engineers tried to remove it, but it is sometimes audible when listening through speakers and more often through headphones. Still, all complaints about boys, harp, video, and audio aside - and the reader can decide how important they are - I want to make it clear that I like these performances. Those seeking a video of these works can count this as a recommendation.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 77 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Genoveva, Op. 81 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847-1849

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Fragment in C Minor :: Scherzo in G minor
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1841

>Schumann, Robert : Abendmusik in B flat major
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Schumann, Robert : Nachtlied, for chorus & orchestra, Op. 108
  • Performer: Markus Butter (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Requiem for Mignon, Op. 98b
  • Performers: Sebastian Pfeifer (Alto); Franz Lindner (Soprano); Ole Kottner (Soprano); Vincent Hoppe (Alto)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1850