Schumann: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4 (Hybrid SACD) – LSO Live

Schumann: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4

  • Release date: 20 September 2019
    LSO0818 | 822231181828

    Hybrid SACD | Jewel case
    SACD incl.stereo | multi-channel 5.1

    Producer: Nicholas Parker
    Engineering: Classic Sound Ltd
    Recorded live at Barbican Hall, March 2018

  • Album of the Week
    ‘Having been such a fan of Gardiner’s Mendelssohn recordings with the LSO, I had extremely high hopes for these Schumann symphonies, and so far my expectations have not just been met but easily surpassed.’
    Presto Classical

    Album of the Week
    ‘This CD has addictive potential.’
    Saarländischer Rundfunk

    5 STARS
    ‘The Fourth Symphony is played in the 1841 version. Gardiner’s reading is lively and agile, slender and full of tension…The conductor also elicits entirely new aspects from the 2nd Symphony in D major.’

    4 STARS
    ‘Lean and lithe are two descriptions of John Eliot Gardiner’s approach to Robert Schumann’s music. Add in atmospheric and dramatic for the Overture to Genoveva (an opera), surging forward but with enough room for lyricism and breathing space...’
    Classical Source

    ‘His previous cycle with ORR is good, but here Gardiner excels himself while fine-tuning his interpretative prowess.’
    The Classic Review

    ‘Given his form with this composer, it’s fascinating to hear him with working with a modern orchestra and drawing undoubtedly on his experience with his own period-instrument band.’

    ‘The LSO respond with elan to the bracing textures, confounding the cliché that Schumann “couldn’t orchestrate”. Gardiner chooses the 1841 version of the D minor work, No 4, which the LSO play as if discovering it anew.’
    The Sunday Times

    ‘It’s clear straight away that the clarity of Gardiner’s approach, the airiness and rhythmic vitality of the playing pretty much negates the common criticisms of Schumann’s orchestration…Crisp, authoritative and joyful playing from the London Symphony Orchestra.’
    BBC Radio 3 - Record Review

    ‘The first time I heard this record, I didn't look at the booklet and thought it was performed on period instruments with another orchestra. But no, it's the LSO…I take my hat off to the great leader that is John Eliot Gardiner.’
    France Musique

    ‘Sir John Eliot Gardiner blows off a thick layer of dust off these symphonies…The result is stunning.’
    The Toronto Star

    ‘Once again, Gardiner deftly navigates the work’s emotional ebbs and flows, including its final coda section evoking Beethoven’s song cycle An die ferne Geliebte.’
    Winnipeg Free Press

    ‘Gardiner has performed and recorded Schumann's symphonies many times, and this latest release, with the London Symphony Orchestra shows how well they respond to his dynamic approach.’
    Classical Iconoclast


Sir John Eliot Gardiner
London Symphony Orchestra

'Every opportunity to perform the Schumann symphonies is an opportunity to marvel at their extraordinary profusion of ideas and poetic expression and to explore their kaleidoscopic originality. Each time it gives one a chance to vindicate Schumann as a master of symphonic form and instrumental colour, contrary to the dreary cliché that he couldn’t orchestrate.' 
- Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Following the success of his Mendelssohn cycle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner turns to the music of Robert Schumann, launching an exploration of his symphonic works that begins with his Second and Fourth symphonies and a rare glimpse of his only opera.

Composer   Robert Schumann
Conductor   Sir John Eliot Gardiner

London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Overture Genoveva
Symphony No 4
2. Andante con moto - Allegro di molto
3. Romanza. Andante
4. Scherzo. Presto
5. Largo. Finale: Allegro vivace
Symphony No 2
6. Sostenuto assai - Allegro, ma non troppo 
7. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
8. Adagio espressivo 
9. Allegro molto vivace

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