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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

Robert Schumann , Wolfgang Sawallisch , Staatskapelle Dresden Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (11 Mar 2002)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005YUBL
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op.38 'Spring' (2002 - Remaster): I. Andante poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivaceStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch11:31Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op.38 'Spring' (2002 - Remaster): II. LarghettoStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 7:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op.38 'Spring' (2002 - Remaster): III. Scherzo (Molto vivace) - Trio I - Trio IIStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 5:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op.38 'Spring' (2002 - Remaster): IV. Allegro animato e graziosoStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 8:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op.120 (2002 - Remaster): I. Ziemlich langsam - LebhaftStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch10:20Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op.120 (2002 - Remaster): II. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam)Staatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op.120 (2002 - Remaster): III. Scherzo (Lebhaft) & TrioStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 5:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op.120 (2002 - Remaster): IV. Langsam - LebhaftStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 7:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op.52 (2002 - Remaster): Overture (Andante con moto - Allegro)Staatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 6:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op.52 (2002 - Remaster): Scherzo (Vivo)Staatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op.52 (2002 - Remaster): Finale (Allegro molto vivace)Staatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 6:360.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op.61 (2002 - Remaster): I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppoStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch12:32Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op.61 (2002 - Remaster): II. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Trio I - Trio IIStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 6:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op.61 (2002 - Remaster): III. Adagio espressivoStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch10:18Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op.61 (2002 - Remaster): IV. Allegro molto vivaceStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 8:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op.97 'Rhenish' (2002 - Remaster): I. LebhaftStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 8:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op.97 'Rhenish' (2002 - Remaster): II. Scherzo (Sehr mig)Staatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 6:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op.97 'Rhenish' (2002 - Remaster): III. Nicht schnellStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 5:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op.97 'Rhenish' (2002 - Remaster): IV. FeierlichStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 6:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op.97 'Rhenish' (2002 - Remaster): V. LebhaftStaatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch 5:300.99  Buy MP3 


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2CD Staatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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It's good that these classic performances by Sawallisch and the Staatskapelle Dresden have always held a place in EMI's catalogue in some form or other. They are now re-issued in EMI's `Great Recordings of the Century' collection and, as one reviewer has already pointed out, deservedly so as they really are great performances by any standard.

Sawallisch really does give the lie to the lazy cliché that Schumann's scoring in these works is too heavy and he proves that there is no need to retouch (a la Mahler) the instrumentation or thin it out at all. All it takes is a conductor attuned to Schumann's language and Sawallisch definitely proves himself that here.

I can't think of a single weak movement in this entire set, but the highlights are many. Tempi are well judged: in the first movement of the Rhenish the musical lines and the listener are carried along on a surge of irresistible momentum; there is a similar forward drive in all these works, but always at the service of the musical argument and nothing feels rushed. Where the music calls for it, Sawallisch has the requisite sensitivity of phrasing too - the `larghetto' of the first symphony, for example, is exquisitely done, and Sawallisch really brings out the quiet (but no less deep for that) passion implied in Schumann's frequently used direction, "mit innigkeit".

The recording still sounds good, even though it is nearly 40 years old now. It is warm but there is no lack of detail: even the timpani - so important in the first and fourth symphonies and played here on soft-headed sticks - come through with remarkable clarity and presence.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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The Schumann symphonies are such wonderful pieces of music, that there seem to be very few weak sets of them out there. Sawallisch has a special feeling for this music, and these performances are fresh, lively and happy! The recordings are excellent as well, so if you want these works, then look no further...
...that said, there are some interesting alternatives that should not be dismissed. Schumann has been criticised in the past for his "weak" orchestration, many would say unfairly. Mahler did some re-touching of the symphonies for his own performances - a labour of love, rather than a basic attempt to improve Schumann, and these versions can be heard on excellent recordings under Riccardo Chailly on Decca. Even better is the set under John Eliot Gardiner, where Schumann is performed on original instruments on DGG, and these are quite an eye opener! However, as a central recommendation, the Sawallisch set are superb.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome reissue 24 Jun 2002
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The celebrated 1972 recordings of Schumann's four symphonies and the Overture, scherzo and finale by the Staatskapelle Dresden under Sawallisch have now been reissued in EMI's "Great recordings of the century" series. This is no exaggeration, for these are indeed great recordings. Sawallisch brought a clarity to these works which in other hands can sound ponderous, and the latest Abbey Road digital remastering makes them sound better than ever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Schumann at amazing price! 1 May 2011
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I've long loved the Schumann symphonies and had aged LPs by various performers, though not the Sawallisch recordings. I was a bit hesitant to buy CDs of an old recording as wonderful works though they are, these symphonies can be made to sound dull in the wrong hands. Nothing could be further from that in these performances. The fast movements are kept to a brisk pace though never rushed, and the slow movements are lush. The sound is amazing - clear and bright and the wonderful brass of the Dresden orchestra shines across!! At the price an excellent buy but it would actually still be good quality for money at full price!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Performances 22 Feb 2002
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These are by far the best performances on CD of Schumann's symphonies, and were the best on LP. The qualities of every movement are brought out in a perfection that I have not found elsewhere, especially in later recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, wonderful, wonderful 8 Nov 2009
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These are great accounts of these marvellous symphonies. They are classics that have stood the test of time ... performances that did as much as any to bring about a revision of the mistaken critical view that Schumann's symphonies are problematic (they were thought to suffer from orchestration that was too thick and muddy and to not really show true symphonic development). Sawalisch's accounts demonstrate a remarkable degree of commitment and leave you knowing that, whatever the "flaws" in Schumann's symphonic writing, these are amongst the greatest of symphonies. Schumann explored a new way of developing musical argument and succeeded immensely. And Sawalisch achieved something special with these perofrmances. Every time I listen to one I find myself having to listen to all the others. The performances are very taught and thrilling but they are also full of atmosphere and magic. Sawalisch presents us with accounts of these works that are truly cherishable. I'm a great believer in there being numerous great ways of performing great music but, for me, no-one has come close to equalling these performances. At the current price they are a steal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vitality and energy
The only downside to this set is that the CDs come in a bulky double CD jewel box rather than a space saving "twofer" box. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mr Bee
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Gilbert O sullivan
If you are going to listen to Victorian music, you should go the whole hog and listen to Gilbert O Sullivan. Read more
Published 29 days ago by ab
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it .
Quite the best recording I have ever heard, a real treat if this is the first time you listen to Schumann.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Alyson J. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Schumann revealed
These performances are the true essense of Schumann and are just simply right, where so many fail to realise the genius of these works. Read more
Published 3 months ago by wej foxall
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
Very fine version of Schumann Symphonies. This recording has been taken in 1972, but the sound quality is impressive. I recommend it!
Published 3 months ago by Gabri
5.0 out of 5 stars agreed: incandescent
This set blew me away. I'm a relative new comer to Schumann symphonies and have not listened to a great many recordings. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Neil Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Incandescent and undoubtedly 'great' Schumann discs
This set of recordings from 1972 has been in my collection for forty years now and this latest set of remastered discs is certainly worth acquiring as the recordings have never... Read more
Published 10 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Schumann and Sawallisch, a perfect partnership?
Sometimes, you hear a performance and think, "that's just how it should be". This is one of those collections. Read more
Published 13 months ago by tubamirum
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
These recordings have long been favorites of critics, and I can now see (or hear) why. All the symphonies are very well played with a verve which is ogten missing from Schumann... Read more
Published 13 months ago by John HOLLAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I was encouraged to get this particular CD by the other reviews. I'm no expert on these matters, but the performances are outstanding from the first few bars. Read more
Published 14 months ago by boz
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