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5.0 out of 5 stars Schumann comes to life
I always found Schumann too dull. Paavo Järvi rediscovered Schumann and now I just love listening to this album with the Bremen Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Scrawny Tom Alert!
One of Auden's minor ambitions was to coin a word or term that would be canonized by the Oxford English Dictionary. His candidate was a little too saucy for the editors of that august publication. Lesser man though I be, there's every reason to mirror his aspiration. My selection is this: scrawnify.

Scrawnify is a transitive verb. It draws its inspiration from...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Scrawny Tom Alert!, 3 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Schumann: Sym No 2 / Overtures (Audio CD)
One of Auden's minor ambitions was to coin a word or term that would be canonized by the Oxford English Dictionary. His candidate was a little too saucy for the editors of that august publication. Lesser man though I be, there's every reason to mirror his aspiration. My selection is this: scrawnify.

Scrawnify is a transitive verb. It draws its inspiration from the scrawny, worm-ridden tomcats of inner Melbourne who live a short but exciting life in the lane-ways of my hometown. In way of a formal definition, scrawnify is a synonym of words such as miniaturize, prune, shrink, downplay, belittle, cheapen, lessen and reduce.

In the conductors' guild, Paavo Järvi is a scrawny tom. I don't care how many Vladimir Putin lookalike competitions he has won, or how often he is interviewed by that sycophantic Sarah Willis of the Berlin Philharmonic: I've yet to hear a performance which predicates talent. He's a wannabe Period Practice munchkin whose lodestar is David Zinman.

Herein, the Scrawny Tom is doing what he does best: yes, it's time to scrawnify Schumann's Second Symphony (needless to say, to no vivid end). Ever so zealously, it's been denuded of metaphysics and stature. Breeziness is all. It might as well be a Mendelssohn string symphony with augmented orchestration. It's so utterly dreadful and dispiriting that I'm lost for words. Hear it for yourself and despair. Decidedly, the Bremen Chamber-Orchestra is not the chariots of the gods. The overtures are equally scrawnified in the usual diet-fashion.

Auden once said that alienation from the collective is a duty but no-one has informed the conductors' guild of this imperative: to the last last-man, how they resemble each other in a Lilliputian line-up - and sad to say, there's a scrawny tom in their midst . . . . . . miaow!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schumann comes to life, 10 Sept. 2013
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I always found Schumann too dull. Paavo Järvi rediscovered Schumann and now I just love listening to this album with the Bremen Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.
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