Schumann: Symphonies Nos 1 & 3 [download]
Release date: 7 February 2020
LSO0844D | 822231184461
Producer: Nicholas Parker
Engineering: Classic Sound Ltd
Recorded live at Barbican Hall, London February 2019
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
London Symphony Orchestra
The second album in Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Schumann series with the London Symphony Orchestra travels from glorious fanfare to dream-like passages with the lively Spring and Rhenish symphonies.
From the dramatic first trumpet-call which awakens the frozen landscape, the First Symphony is a celebration of spring. It moves through the season and a gruff folk-song Scherzo until finally a jubilant conclusion dances into summer.
Desperate, heartfelt and elegant, the Manfred Overture opens with an urgent impetus that only increases through the work, displaying the intense strife which lies ahead for its protagonist.
Schumann’s Third is one of the composer’s most impressive, painting a euphoric picture of the German Rhineland in broad Beethovenian style and closing with an exhilarating finale.
|Conductor||Sir John Eliot Gardiner|
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra|
4. Allegro animato e grazioso