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Schumann: At Pier2 | Symphonies 1-4 (Paavo Jarvi/ Christian Berger/ The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen) (C Major: 712004) [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region A & B]

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  • Actors: The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec. 2012
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009CATSZ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,781 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Schumann at Pier2 is not a usual concert film; it shows the four Symphonies of Robert Schumann from a new perspective, filmed at Pier2, a former dockyard in the harbour of Bremen where pop and rock concerts usually take place. Stars of the film are the conductor Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and they aim to present these works to a young audience.

Included in this 3 DVD set is also a 98-minute film with Paavo Järvi. This documentary explains the whole idea behind the project and contains footage from rehearsals, comments from Paavo Järvi about the symphonies and the interpretation, biographical information about Robert Schumann as well as musicians demonstrating salient passages and explaining their interpretation.

The Symphonies

Symphony No. 1, Spring, Op. 38
Symphony No. 2, Op. 61
Symphony No. 3 Rhenish, Op. 97
Symphony No. 4, Op. 120

Review

This immaculately engineered and filmed set of performances is still something of a must for Schumann admirers. --Julian Haylock, International Record Review

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Paavo Järvi and his Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen have set an exalted benchmark for the art of today's Beethoven interpretation with their recordings of the nine symphonies in 2010. Now they are back on DVD, this time in perfect audio and video on Blu-ray, with a recording of the four Schumann symphonies that includes a 98-minute concert film, "Schumann at Pier 2". The Blu-ray disk has an amazing total running time of 271 minutes, with a 27-minute lightweight bonus on the "making" of the Schumann project and some touristy stuff on the city-state of Bremen thrown in. Those of us familiar with Järvi's Beethoven project have been impatiently looking forward to the Schumann recordings with high hopes, and the finished product exceeds all expectations indeed. This is Schumann like you never heard him before. The recording venue (no date given), a former dock warehouse and now a "popular" events center in Bremerhaven, is nicely done up, lighting is fairly discreet (better than in the Beethoven project), the acoustics are very acceptable, and the camera work is excellent - as opposed to the somewhat choppy and hectic filming of the Beethoven symphonies.

But the truth is in the music. The Kammerphilharmonie musicians are a group of virtuoso soloists second to no other orchestra on earth: their contributions, as individuals, groups, or in full force, are simply superb. The orchestra's size (ca. 50 musicians) might be a close match to what Schumann had at his disposal, the sound is highly transparent (you can literally hear every voice) but at the same time quite powerful in the tutti passages. The playing fully vindicates Schumann's proverbially and wrongly maligned orchestration and brings out its romantic beauty.
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This set of the four symphonies was made in 2012 with the view of presenting Schumann in a new light as a result of deep and penetrating discussion and rehearsal. The orchestra chosen for this project is a chamber orchestra made up of musicians who value their own solo careers. The orchestra is self-governing and is used to having considerable input to their performances. In this way they form a collaboration with their conductors. This has certain similarities with Abbado's relationship with the Lucerne festival orchestra for example. The orchestra itself is about 50 strong and thus is of an appropriate size for Schumann. This is a modern chamber orchestra and there is no attempt to reproduce the sound world attempted by the 'authentic' movement such as with the Gardiner CD set for example.

There are a number of bonus films included with this set and these set out to enlarge on this approach to Schumann and the use of the venue etc. To do this there is an emphasis placed upon the views of Jarvi and individual orchestral members who illustrate their points with musical extracts. A clear attempt is made to relate all of this with the character of Schumann, a complete Romantic figure within music and beyond. There is also an interesting feature on Bremen as an industrial and cultural centre.

The performances of the music are expertly done with all of this in mind. The playing style is very disciplined with crisp enunciation, sharply underlined accents and tempo changes and a general clarification of textures. There is no evidence of the thick scoring that Schumann used to be criticised for in the past. This would also be true, not only of either Gardiner or Goodman with their authentic orchestras, but also of perceptive conductors with modern orchestras.
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This set of the four symphonies was made in 2012 with the view of presenting Schumann in a new light as a result of deep and penetrating discussion and rehearsal. The orchestra chosen for this project is a chamber orchestra made up of musicians who value their own solo careers. The orchestra is self-governing and is used to having considerable input to their performances. In this way they form a collaboration with their conductors. This has certain similarities with Abbado's relationship with the Lucerne festival orchestra for example. The orchestra itself is about 50 strong and thus is of an appropriate size for Schumann. This is a modern chamber orchestra and there is no attempt to reproduce the sound world attempted by the 'authentic' movement such as with the Gardiner CD set for example.

There are a number of bonus films included with this set and these set out to enlarge on this approach to Schumann and the use of the venue etc. To do this there is an emphasis placed upon the views of Jarvi and individual orchestral members who illustrate their points with musical extracts. A clear attempt is made to relate all of this with the character of Schumann, a complete Romantic figure within music and beyond. There is also an interesting feature on Bremen as an industrial and cultural centre.

The performances of the music are expertly done with all of this in mind. The playing style is very disciplined with crisp enunciation, sharply underlined accents and tempo changes and a general clarification of textures. There is no evidence of the thick scoring that Schumann used to be criticised for in the past. This would also be true, not only of either Gardiner or Goodman with their authentic orchestras, but also of perceptive conductors with modern orchestras.
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