Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri [download]

  • Catalogue Number LSO0782
    UPC 822231178224

    James Mallinson producer
    Classic Sound Ltd engineering, editing, mixing & mastering.
    Recorded live in DSD 128fs at the Barbican, 11th January 2015


    Stereo FLAC - 24 bit 96 kHz
    Stereo MP3 - 320 kbps

    Total playing time 88m 03s
    Booklet notes in English, French and German.
    Texts in original language with translation.

  • Presto Classical Disc of the Year 2015

    Choral and Song Choice ***** Performance ***** Recording (SACD) ***** (Blu Ray) ‘Superb recording… Vivid detail and clear choral textures come over quite stunningly, but the Blu-Ray has the edge. Its clarity entirely suits the greater expansiveness and richness of Rattle’s reading… The LSO Chorus sing with arresting fervour. A pleasure to recommend.’ BBC Music Magazine

    Album of the week 'Here, the LSO’s playing, and especially the singing of the chorus, bristles with the ardour of a new love affair…'Sunday Times

    **** ‘A tender and introspective performance of Schumann's rarely-heard opera… Only the most callous listener could fail to be moved by Kate Royal, Bernada Fink, Andrew Staples and Florian Boesch’s spellbound quartet.’ Sinfini Music

    CD of the month ‘An artistic hit… Perfect coordination of the London Symphony Chorus and exquisite sound quality… Elegant, versatile and eloquent in alternately emotional and lyrically subtle sound gestures.’ Die Rheinpflaz

    DISC OF THE DAY ‘The sound reproduction is incomparable’

    Music *** Sound **** ‘Already in the orchestral introduction you can hear that this music makes him [Sir Simon Rattle] feel at home. It’s not every day that Schumann is performed so delicately, so clearly shaped and lovingly articulated - and he also considers the conditions of the historic performance practice, which is anything but superficial or romantic showing off.’ Fono Forum

    ***** 'Sound quality ‘Florian Boesch fulfils his role with expressiveness and appealing voice. The London Symphony Orchestra is the musical perfection itself - all instrument groups and soloists prove easily that we are dealing with an absolute world-class orchestra.’

    *** ‘He (Sir Simon Rattle) is the star of the performance. The richness and breadth of his reading are magnificent and the London Symphony Orchestra plays with warmth and perfection under his leadership. And the London Symphony Chorus…are excellent in their different roles…’ Musicweb International

    ‘There’s no hiding either Rattle’s eloquent advocacy of the work or the encouraging signs regarding his rapport with the orchestra, who play superbly for him. Phrases are invariably, beautifully turned, and there is evidence of real care having been taking throughout… A valuable record of what was obviously a fine concert performance, as well as of Rattle’s persuasive way with the score…’ Gramophone

    *** ‘Rattle handles (Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri) with a loving lightness of touch…Mark Padmore’s narration and baritone Florian Boesch make the best impression’ Financial Times

    ‘This Schumann recording lays down a marker for what is likely to be an extensive discography... The choral singing is excellent… He (Simon Halsey) has clearly prepared them (the London Symphony Chorus) to his usual very high standard for this assignment… It’s the finesse and delicacy with which much of the choral music is delivered that I particularly relished. The LSO is on equally fine form. The high quality of their playing is evident right from the start… Rattle and his players really do show how fine and imaginative is Schumann’s orchestration in this score... A recording such as this enables us to savour Schumann’s mastery to the full. This is an auspicious launch on disc of the LSO/Simon Rattle partnership. Musicweb International

    ***Simon Rattle certainly lights the poetry of the orchestra, making the lines sing with delicacy.’ Diapason

    'LSO Live have done Sir Simon proud with this new set… Expectations will be high when Sir Simon Rattle rakes over the reins of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017. This tremendous new release only heightens those expectations… LSO Live achieve a first rate recording' The Classical Reviewer

    ‘Thank goodness for Mark Padmore, who is a legendary evangelist and as such the ideal person to tell us these various stories… The LSO rise to the challenge tremendously… Sally Matthews is just fantastic, really heroic in the Wagnerian sense as well as every other.' BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    ‘With both an SACD and an Audio Blu-ray in the package, this is an issue which will be of interest to admirers of Schumann… It is given the best possible reading here.’ Classical CD Choice

    ‘With one of the best orchestras Sir Simon Rattle conducts this three-part romantic masterpiece back into our memory’

    ‘The concerts earlier this year by Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra had delighted the audience. The resulting recording discography confirms the outstanding quality of this beautiful interpretation.’

    ‘A new era in London is marked with this recording. Mr. Rattle has long been an advocate for the piece, and his forces here respond with an eagerness born of discovery, particularly a chorus splendidly trained by Simon Halsey’ The New York Times

    ‘The best performance was provided under the sensitive and able leadership of Sir Simon Rattle, Choir and Orchestra.’ De Neue Merker

    ‘It gets a handsome presentation on the London Symphony Orchestra’s LSO Live label…altogether, a most welcome introduction to a work that very few listeners will ever have heard… Sir Simon Rattle leads the soloists, choruses and orchestra with absolute assurance and style here, showing Das Paradies und die Peri to be a work of grace and beauty, an unusual piece in Schumann’s oeuvre and one whose acquaintance it is well worth making.’

    ‘Simon Rattle deftly maintains an account of clarity and translucence, bringing out the delicate beauty of the score…(The soloists) rise to the occasion with sympathy and subtle allure. The recording (given in both SACD and Blu-ray format) manages to capture the detail of the score with an engaging sense of space, and so this LSO Live issue is an eloquent introduction to a delectable rarity.’ BR Klassik

    ‘Rattle radiates a sense of serenity on the recording’ Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

    ‘Rattle has an alert and curious orchestra at his disposal… With extreme care he integrates the vocal soloists, who – as a well-balanced cast – particularly convince as an ensemble.’

    ‘Rattle allows the large orchestra to play delicately with tremendously colourful sounds. All three parts of the oratorio sound immaculately beautiful…Everything flow(s) in seemingly endless melodies. – Beautiful Paradise.’ Ruhrnachrichten

    ‘Simon Rattle breathes organically with choir and orchestra, creating a warm, thick sound… Mark Padmore is a delicate narrator…A discovery is the velvety smoothness from baritone, Florian Boesch.’ Kultur

    ‘Outstanding vocalists. Whether SACD or BD, vivid details are captured with a bright and clear Chorus.’Ming Pao Weekly

    Concert reviews

    ***** ‘It received as good a performance as could be imagined. Every strength of Schumann’s art is showcased... [Rattle’s] passion for this piece was obvious from his every gesture.’ The Arts Desk

    **** ‘The performance had tremendous presence.’ The Guardian

    **** ‘Sally Matthews as The Peri fully engaged our sympathies for the resourceful spirit, capturing alike her plaintive entreaties and her vibrant exultation at the prospect of redemption.’ The Evening Standard

    ‘The classical-sized LSO (with five double basses) was at its elegant best in Schumann’s luminous orchestration.’ Classical Source

    ***** Music OMH

    **** Bach Track

    **** The Independent

    **** The Telegraph


Sir Simon Rattle,
London Symphony Orchestra

In his debut recording on LSO Live, Sir Simon Rattle conducts a stunning performance of Schumann’s rarely recorded Das Paradies und die Peri featuring a superb line-up of soloists.

Rattle is well-known for being a champion of this rarely-heard work, and yet this is the first audio recording he has made of it. Here it is brought to life by the LSO under his baton, and the starry line-up makes the best possible case for Schumann's great oratorio. 

Sir Simon says of the piece, 'It's the great masterpiece you've never heard, and there aren't many of those now.... This is just something else, a complete anomaly if you think about it. In Schumann's life it was the most popular piece he ever wrote, it was performed endlessly. Every composer loved it. Wagner wrote how jealous he was that Schumann had done it and he'd stolen this subject that he wanted to do and how extraordinary it was... It was a playground for composers and the piece was extraordinary.' 

Based on an episode from Thomas Moore's epic poem Lalla Rookh, itself inspired by exotic, colourful tales taken from Persian mythology, Das Paradies und die Peri reflects the 19th-century craze for all thing Oriental. Completed in 1843, Schumann's 'secular oratorio' tells how the Peri, a legendary creature, was expelled from paradise and follows her quest to redeem herself by giving the gift that is most dear to heaven. 

Writing about the work in a letter to a friend, Schumann said, 'at the moment I'm involved in a large project, the largest I've yet undertaken - it's not an opera - I believe it's well-nigh a new genre for the concert hall.' Conceived in three beautifully sequenced parts, it is unlike any oratorio of Schumann's day. Sustained melodic invention is clear throughout, with Peri's high C in the final forming a deftly timed climax.

Soprano Sally Matthews gives a soaring performance as the Peri, showcasing Schumann's imaginative and emotive vocal writing, while there are also superb supporting performances from Mark Padmore, Kate Royal, Andrew Staples and Florian Boesch. 

Watch the trailer here

Composer   Schumann
Conductor   Sir Simon Rattle
Chorus Director   Simon Halsey
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus 
Soloists   Sally Matthews, Mark Padmore, Kate Royal, Bernarda Fink, Andrew Staples, Florian Boesch 

Track list
Disc 1
1. Erster Teil: No 1: Vor Edens Tor im Morgenprangen
2. Erster Teil: No 2: Wie glücklich sie wandeln
3. Erster Teil: No 3: Rezitativ - Der hehre Engel, der die Pforte
4. Erster Teil: No 4: Wo find ich sie?
5. Erster Teil: No 5: So sann sie nach
6. Erster Teil: No 6: Doch seine Ströme sind jetzt rot
7. Erster Teil: No 7: Und einsam steht ein Jüngling
8. Erster Teil: No 8: Weh, weh, er fehlte das Ziel
9. Erster Teil: No 9: Die Peri sah das Mal der Wunde
10. Zweiter Teil: No 10: Die Peri tritt mit schüchterner Gebärde
11. Zweiter Teil: No 11: Ihr erstes Himmelshoffen schwand
12. Zweiter Teil: No 12: Fort streift von hier das Kind der Lüfte
13. Zweiter Teil: No 13: Die Peri weint
14. Zweiter Teil: No 14: Im Waldesgrün am stillen See
15. Zweiter Teil: No 15: Verlassener Jüngling
16. Zweiter Teil: No 16: O lass mich von der Luft durchdringen
17. Zweiter Teil: No 17: Schlaf nun und ruhe in Träumen voll Duft

Disc 2
1. Dritter Teil: No 18: Schmücket die Stufen zu Allahs Thron
2. Dritter Teil: No 19: Dem Sang von ferne lauschend
3. Dritter Teil: No 20: Verstossen! Verschlossen aufs neu
4. Dritter Teil: No 21: Jetzt sank des Abends goldner Schein
5. Dritter Teil: No 22: Und wie sie niederwärts sich schwingt
6. Dritter Teil: No 23: Hinab zu jenem Sonnentempel
7. Dritter Teil: No 24: O heilge Tränen innger Reue
8. Dritter Teil: No 25: Es fällt ein Tropfen
9. Dritter Teil: No 26: Freud, ewge Freude, mein Werk ist getan

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