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The best ever Schumann Symphonies,
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This review is from: Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Audio CD)
Being one of the older generation, I have been listening to the Schumann symphonies for many years, enjoying the interpretations of such exalted exponents as Haitink, Kubelik, Krips, Ansermet, Boult etc. Then along came Sawallisch - somehow missed by me over the years. What a revelation! These are truly the performances to have, despite the many merits of other interpreters. Wolfang Sawallisch was never a conductor to seek the limelight but his modest nature belied what were often white hot interpretations of the repertoire, revealing every nuance of the scores. To put it simply, these recordings blow the others out of the water.
Well have a listen to Sawallisch in Beethoven. Gratifying. And then go to Sawallisch conducting the Bruckner 4th with The Philadelphia Orchestra. In comparative reviews of recent recordings, the Sawallisch is rarely if ever mentioned. Try it! You will be rewarded with one of the finest interpretations on record. Sawallisch was a rare and too often overlooked treasure and fully deserves to be recognised as such.
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Initial post: 21 Aug 2012 18:45:07 BDT
Yes, Sawallisch: what a musician! I heard him play the Dvorak Piano Quintet with some fine Japanese string players in Tokyo in the early 1980s, if my memory serves, and it was a delightful performance.
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