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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Gerard Schwarz, Seattle SO

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>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Faced with the challenge of following in Beethoven's giant symphonic footsteps, Robert Schumann acknowledged this musical predecessor, but expanded his forms and structures into new and impassioned utterances. Inspired "by the spirit of spring", the Symphony No. 1 was swiftly composed and was a huge success at its première in 1841. The Symphony No. 2 had a longer gestation, but for many has become a symphonic song of praise and rejoicing for which "Gerard Schwarz and his Seattle Symphony Orchestra serve as excellent guides". (Gramophone)

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The Scherzo of 2 seems breathless - and that is aggravated, of course, by the lack of space around the instruments. It's claustrophobic. The Adagio doesn't seem as lush as it should. The finale is finally joyous, with just the right tempo.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Center Opera House, USA.



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Running Time: 35 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1841

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 36 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1845-1846