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Friday, July 28, 2017

Robert Schumann: Symphonies 1-4 – Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle (Download 48kHz/16bit)

"Created out of the deepest soul"

Such contradictions were simply intolerable! Even though he had abandoned his career as a pianist in a spirit of resigned acceptance and long since given up all hope of making a name for himself as a keyboard virtuoso, Robert Schumann had for years been composing nothing but piano music – difficult, puzzling, cryptic and humorous pieces with poetic titles such as Dances by Members of the League of David, Carnaval and Scenes from Childhood. Yet he continued to believe that only "in the chorus and in the orchestra" did "all that is greatest in music find expression". If he was not to lead a marginal existence as a quirky miniaturist and an unconventional music critic, he needed to make fundamental changes to his life. In 1839 – somewhat prematurely, it has to be said – he announced in a letter: "Then there will be only symphonies of mine to publish and listen to. I'd often like to crush the keyboard, which is becoming too confining for my ideas". In this new understanding of himself, he was eagerly encouraged by Clara Wieck, his fiancée, who had been an acclaimed pianist since her days as a child prodigy: "Don't take it amiss, dear Robert, if I say that I am very keen to see you writing for the orchestra as well. Your imagination and your mind are too great for the feeble piano. Just see if you can do it".

Source: Wolfgang Stähr (CD Booklet)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

♪ Symphony No.1 in B flat major "Spring", Op.38

i. Andante un poco maestoso – Allegro molto vivace – Animato
ii. Larghetto
iii. Scherzo: Molto vivace – Trio I: Molto più vivace – Tempo I –  Trio II – Coda
iv. Allegro animato e grazioso

Year of composition: 1841
Premiere: 31 March 1841 at the Gewandhaus Leipzig
Conductor: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
First performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker: 9 April 1883
Conductor: Joseph Joachim

♪ Symphony No.2 in C major, Op.61

i. Sostenuto assai – Un poco più vivace – Allegro, ma non troppo
ii. Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Trio I – Tempo I – Trio II – Tempo I – Coda
iii. Adagio espressivo
iv. Allegro molto vivace

Year of composition: 1845-1846
Premiere: 5 November 1846 at the Gewandhaus Leipzig
Conductor: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
First performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker: 23 October 1882
Conductor: Franz Wüllner

♪ Symphony No.3 in E flat major "Rhenish", Op.97

i. Lebhaft
ii. Scherzo: Sehr mässig
iii. Nicht schnell
iv. Feierlich
v. Lebhaft – Schneller

Year of composition: 1850
Premiere: 6 February 1851 in Düsseldorf
Conductor: the composer
First performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker: 7 January 1884
Conductor: Franz Wüllner

♪ Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.120 (first version from 1841)

i. Andante con moto – Allegro di molto – Animato
ii. Romanza: Andante
iii. Scherzo: Presto – Trio – Scherzo – Trio – Largo
iv. Finale: Allegro vivace – Più vivace – Stringendo – Presto

Year of composition: 1841 in Leipzig, revised 1851 in Düsseldorf
Premiere: 6 December 1841 at the Gewandhaus Leipzig
Conductor: Ferdinand David
First performance of the revised version: 3 March 1853 in Düsseldorf
Conductor: the composer
First performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker: 26 October 1883 (revised version)
Conductor: Joseph Joachim
First verifiable performance of the first version by the Berliner Philharmoniker: 7 June 1988
Conductor: Jesús López Cobos

Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Simon Rattle

Recorded live at the Philharmonie Berlin, 14-16 February 2013 (Symphony No.3), 20-22 February 2013 (Symphony No.2), 31 October - 2 November 2013 (Symphonies No.1 & No.4)

Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014

Porcelain Art & Painting: KPM Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin GmbH
Photos: Attila Hartwig

Source: CD Booklet

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See also

Jean Sibelius: Symphonies 1-7 – Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle (Download | High-Fidelity FLAC 5.1 Surround 192kHz/24bit)

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