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Schumann: Symphonies no 2 & 4, etc / Dausgaard, Swedish CO

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
>Schumann, Robert : Scenes from Goethe's Faust
>Schumann, Robert : Julius Caesar Overture in F minor, Op. 128
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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BBC Music Magazine
Dausgaard is not the first conductor to use the 1841 version of the D minor Symphony... but... this performance, given by an orchestra of the size of Schumann himself would have known brings it vividly to life. Even more impressive... is the C major Second Symphony. ...the first and last movements - the latter taken at a tremendous speed - are electrifying. As for the Adagio - the most heartrendingly beautiful piece of its kind between Schubert and Bruckner - it is quite wonderfully played, with a spellbinding pianissimo sound for its central fugato passage.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
All this talk of Schumann's stodgy orchestral writing... Rubbish! Evidence for the defence is simple: keep the orchestra slim and well balanced, the tempi lively and the textures clear and the calories positively fall away. Thomas Dausgaard, with just 38 players, turns the symphonic Schumann into a thoughtful athlete who burns energy while his mind spins... BIS's realistic sound quality helps the clarifying process and the timps (with hard sticks) have tremendous presence. A good idea, too, to include Schumann's Julius Caesar and Faust overtures: strange, relatively late essays, equivocal music, slightly unhinged and played - appropriately enough - with a restless, slightly nervous edge.

Sunday Times
The playing throughout is first-rate, with often dazzling, thrilling faster movements, but also some beautifully shaped, tender slower music, and a real feeling for the emotional extremes that are at the heart of Schumann's art.



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>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 35 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1845-1846
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schumann, Robert : Scenes from Goethe's Faust :: Overture in D minor
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1844-1853
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schumann, Robert : Julius Caesar Overture in F minor, Op. 128
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1851
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120
  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
  • Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Studio