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Schumann: The Symphonies

Riccardo Chailly Audio CD
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“Since its founding more than 250 years ago . . . the Gewandhaus Orchestra has gone through 18 music directors, including Mendelssohn, and many changes. The new dyna¬mism that this eminent orchestra displayed . . . is surely attributable to its 19th music director, the Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly. After Tuesday night’s concert ended ... Read more in Amazon's Riccardo Chailly Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Jan 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000YM4I4S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring" - 1. Andante Un Poco MaestosoGewandhausorchester Leipzig10:471.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring" - 2. LarghettoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring" - 3. Scherzo: Molto VivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig 5:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring" - 4. Allegro Animato E GraziosoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 1. Sostenuto Assai - Allegro, Ma Non TroppoGewandhausorchester Leipzig11:361.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 2. Scherzo: Allegro VivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 3. Adagio EspressivoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 9:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 4. Allegro Molto VivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig 7:340.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" - 1. LebhaftGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" - 2. ScherzoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 5:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" - 3. Nicht SchnellGewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" - 4. FeierlichGewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" - 5. Lebhaft-SchnellerGewandhausorchester Leipzig 5:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 1. Ziemlich Langsam - LebhaftGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 2. Romanze (Ziemlich Langsam)Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 3. Scherzo (Lebhaft) & TrioGewandhausorchester Leipzig 5:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 4. Langsam-Lebhaft-Schneler-PrestoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 7:290.79  Buy MP3 


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Following on from the single CD of Mahler's arrangements of Schumann's Symphonies 2 & 4 (475 8352), Riccardo Chailly returns with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra to complete the set.
All four Symphonies are now presented together in numerical order in a 2 CD set. The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - under their Music Director Riccardo Chailly - bring generations of authentic `romantic' style to performances of all four Schumann Symphonies.
These Symphonies, recorded in the wonderful acoustic of the Gewandhaus itself, include the revisions made by the composer Gustav Mahler - a lifelong supporter of Schumann and his symphonic writings. Since Chailly took charge at the Gewandhaus, the orchestra has received consistently excellent reviews for their playing and interpretations of the works of the great Romantic composers. The Orchestra were invited for the first time this summer to appear at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall; the concert was sold out.

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2CD Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the best chocolate cake ever 16 Oct 2010
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I was lucky enough to hear this combination play the Rhenish (Rheinische) Symphony in the Musikverein, Vienna. The Gewandhausorchester makes a sound like a fabulous chocolate cake, full of nuts dipped in rum, so rich but so light that you can't get enough. Mahler prepared these editions for performance in Vienna and they bring out Schumann's complex inner parts, in balance, while retaining the energy of the concept. It's as though Mahler was showing what Schumann would have written if he'd had the instruments of 1890. There are some brilliantly cheeky moments, but everything comes from love of the original. As so often in Schumann, the horns get a great workout. Chailly balances grandeur and delicacy very precisely and his tempi are nice and quick - despite a huge amount going on - so that nothing is ever stodgy and nothing drags, something which could have been a lesson for a few famous deceased "greats", I suspect. You CAN have rich AND lithe. A superb recording captures the incredible range of harmonics this wonderful orchestra produces, the second bow hits string. For me, Schumann is unrivalled in his ability to express unalloyed joy, which I hope you get out of this. I did.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a great CD! Schumann's symphonies are among my favourite pieces of music and I wish more people knew them. Mahler just sort of tidied up and clarified some so-called "thick-textured" parts of Schumann's symphonies. The changes are quite subtle, but noticable when compared to the "standard" issue. Why this Mahler version has not been released by others very often before, I just don't know,(I think there was a release some years ago by Ceccato on BIS; I have not heard this) but I'm very glad to have Chailly's release.

Decca is not quite dead yet, it seems, and true to historical tradition, we benefit from splendid sound quality and good (albeit brief) notes too; what more could one want?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively performances. 12 Mar 2013
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This is a most enjoyable set of CDs. Mahler's orchestration is interesting. Schumann seems to be overshadowed by Brahms, and other great 19th Cent composers, but he is a genius in his own right. Supplier utterly reliable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Schumann/Mahler Symphonies. 11 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Very interesting for the Mahler orchestration, but I find the performances rigid, unsmiling and almost mechanically ruthless. The recording is very good indeed, but I would never listen to these performances for pleasure.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed results 10 Jun 2011
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Unlike some reviewers I didn't find recording quality to be ideal.There is a mellow character to it which indeed
suits this music but also a grainy sound to violins especially, which takes time to get used to.Performances are
ok though hardly rivetting and wind intonation and general ensemble leave quite a lot to be desired.
So all in all this is somewhat lacklustre.
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