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Schumann: Overtures Genoveva & Manfred; Symphony No.2

Claudio Abbado Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 1. Sostenuto assai - Un poco più vivace - Allegro ma non troppo - Con fuocoClaudio Abbado12:35£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 2. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)Claudio Abbado 7:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 3. Adagio espresssivoClaudio Abbado10:14£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 4. Allegro molto vivaceClaudio Abbado 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schumann: Overture Manfred, Op.115 (Live At Musikverein, Vienna / 2012)Claudio Abbado12:15£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schumann: Overture Genoveva, Op.81 (Live At Musikverein, Vienna / 2012)Claudio Abbado 8:54£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Claudio Abbado's live album of Robert Schumann's music with the Orchestra Mozart is a curious diversion from the ensemble's ongoing series of Mozart recordings, though it shows a willingness to explore other repertoire that is less predictable for them.

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DGG 4791061; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Orchestrale

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an event! 29 Jun 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This recording of Schumann is altogether an exceptional happening. Set down live in Vienna's Musikverein, it more than fulfils the promise of Abbado's Mozart with the same band. Many people think the Second is Schumann's finest symphony, no doubt because of its yearning slow movement. It certainly does reach the heights, although in one sense less than other versions: where the violins are scored an octave apart he emphasises the lower part, where my impression is usually of how high the writing goes at these moments. I like Abbado's way very much, as the heart of the music is ablaze. It is vigorous, solid, yet somehow airy in the way the sounds float up with maximum immediacy. It is as if we are in that big acoustic space with the air full of the sounds, big percussion, and like a dough where everything is properly mixed in, yet you can hear individual strands to perfection. It is only recently that this degree of faithfulness to the concert hall sound has been achieved, and it gets the full elusive wonder of that greatest of sounds, the orchestra. This degree of fullness and ambiance makes you feel the tension as if the performance were unfolding in real time. I compared it to Christian Thielemann's version from the 90s (also on DG) and there is no denying the extra degree of excitement in the sound of the new recording, even if the Thielemann is arguably clearer. From the bits I heard Abbado also opts for a slower tempo in the first movement, but beautifully sprung rhythmically, which made the other sound a bit too driven. The two overtures are also from the peak of Schumann's inspiration, Manfred being absolutely sublime in its transport - I don't think the orchestra has ever been made to sing with a more united passion, and the colour, so often criticised in the past, seems a thing of perfection in itself, like finding the perfectly upholstered sofa and never wanting to sit on any other!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Schumann 2 16 Oct 2013
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Schumann's second symphony is arguably the greatest of his cycle of four symphonies. I have various readings of this wonderful symphony by well known orchestras under great conductors including Karajan, Bernstein, Barenboim, Sawallish, Szell and Gardiner. Even though these are all fine performances, only Karajan's and Sawallish's strike me as being truly great. Abbado's new Schumann 2 is a benchmark reading in the same class as Karajan and Sawallish. A great performance not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance! 17 Oct 2013
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Finally Abbado records a Schumann symphony, after previously only touching the concertos and various choral works. Here everything works: The performance is beautifully shaped and the recording oustanding. The two ouvertures are marvelously played too. Strongly recommended.
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