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Sir Simon Rattle|Schumann : Symphonien 1 - 4

Schumann : Symphonien 1 - 4

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle

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And so, after much expectation, the entire set of Schumann’s Symphonies by Simon Rattle has finally been released with Berliner Philharmoniker’s brand new own label. The 2013 live recordings are extraordinarily thorough: Rattle has truly outdone himself. His direction is incredibly clear, and he benefits from a smaller orchestra with a reduced amount of strings. This is a more ‘reasonable’ set up, as it restores balance between the different instruments. This is especially the case in the sections containing a lot of wood instruments, as all too often conductors let the strings drown out all other sounds without worrying about the ‘chamber music’ essence of the symphonies. It is also noteworthy that the fourth symphony is offered in its original 1841 version, which chronologically makes it his second production. The rearranged version of 1851 is thicker, and contains considerable differences in the music itself. This was not Brahms’ preferred version, and so he published the 1841 original version in 1891, just after Clara Schumann had placed the 1851 rearrangement on the market.

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Schumann : Symphonien 1 - 4

Sir Simon Rattle

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Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 (Robert Schumann)

1
I. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace - Animato
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:11:20

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

2
II. Larghetto
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00:05:45

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

3
III. Scherzo. Molto vivace - Trio 1. Molto più vivace - Tempo 1 - Trio 2 - Coda
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:05:36

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

4
IV. Allegro animato e grazioso
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:08:24

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

Symphony No. 4 in D Minor (Robert Schumann)

5
I. Andante con moto - Allegro di molto - Animato (1841)
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:08:24

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

6
II. Romanza. Andante (1841)
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:03:57

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

7
III. Scherzo. Presto - Trio - Scherzo - Trio - Largo (1841)
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:06:58

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

8
IV. Finale. Allegro vivace - Più vivace - Stringendo - Presto (1841)
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:05:35

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

DISC 2

Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61 (Robert Schumann)

1
I. Sostenuto assai - Un poco più vivace - Allegro, ma non troppo
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:12:07

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

2
II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio 1 - Trio 2
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:07:29

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

3
III. Adagio espressivo
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:10:15

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

4
IV. Allegro molto vivace
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:08:10

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 (Robert Schumann)

5
I. Lebhaft
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:08:54

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

6
II. Scherzo. Sehr mäßig
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:06:01

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

7
III. Nicht schnell
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:04:41

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

8
IV. Feierlich
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:05:26

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

9
V. Lebhaft – Schneller
Berliner Philharmoniker
00:05:34

Berliner Philharmoniker - Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer

2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH 2014 Berlin Phil Media GmbH

Album review

And so, after much expectation, the entire set of Schumann’s Symphonies by Simon Rattle has finally been released with Berliner Philharmoniker’s brand new own label. The 2013 live recordings are extraordinarily thorough: Rattle has truly outdone himself. His direction is incredibly clear, and he benefits from a smaller orchestra with a reduced amount of strings. This is a more ‘reasonable’ set up, as it restores balance between the different instruments. This is especially the case in the sections containing a lot of wood instruments, as all too often conductors let the strings drown out all other sounds without worrying about the ‘chamber music’ essence of the symphonies. It is also noteworthy that the fourth symphony is offered in its original 1841 version, which chronologically makes it his second production. The rearranged version of 1851 is thicker, and contains considerable differences in the music itself. This was not Brahms’ preferred version, and so he published the 1841 original version in 1891, just after Clara Schumann had placed the 1851 rearrangement on the market.

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