London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Eliot Gardiner – Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:36 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Classical
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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 folksong 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.
“… a perfectly sprung ‘Spring’ Symphony, Schumann’s pulsing rhythms so bracingly defined, the melodies singing out.” – The Arts Desk
“A sweet finale to Gardiner’s memorable Schumann cycle.” – Bachtrack
“Gardiner remains one of the great Schumann interpreters, wonderfully alert to the music’s volatility and rigour” – The Guardian
01. Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38: I. Andante un poco maestoso – Allegro molto vivace (10:54)
02. Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38: II. Larghetto (5:47)
03. Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38: III. Scherzo: Molto vivace – Trio I. Molto più vivace – Trio II – Coda. Come sopra ma un poco più lento – Quasi presto – Meno presto (5:23)
04. Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38: IV. Allegro animato e grazioso (8:08)
05. Manfred, Op. 115: Overture (11:09)
06. Symphonie No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97: I. Lebhaft (9:22)
07. Symphonie No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97: II. Scherzo. Sehr mäßig (6:12)
08. Symphonie No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97: III. Nicht schnell (4:42)
09. Symphonie No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97: IV. Feierlich (4:26)
10. Symphonie No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97: V. Lebhaft [ ] (5:38)