Franz Konwitschny conducts Schumann & Beethoven - Complete Symphonies | Documents 600492

Franz Konwitschny conducts Schumann & Beethoven - Complete Symphonies

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Label: Documents

Cat No: 600492

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 10

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 26th October 2018

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When the Leipzig Gewandhaus was built in 1781, the orchestra found a home in the upper hall at first, and later also in the new building, which was completed in 1881-84 and later destroyed during the bombings of February 1944.

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was its conductor from 1835 to 1847. The first performances of Schumannís First, Second and Fourth symphonies fall into this period. Previously, Beethovenís Fifth Piano Concerto (1811) had already been premiered in Leipzig. That is why these works hold a special place in this collection. The conductor here is Franz Konwitschny (1901-1962), who directed the orchestra from 1949 until his sudden death. With the Gewandhaus Orchestra and their complete recordings of the Schumann and Beethoven symphonies he went on to become one of the great conductors in the German tradition and its performance history.

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