Schumann - Symphonies 1 & 3, Manfred Overture | LSO Live LSO0844

Schumann - Symphonies 1 & 3, Manfred Overture

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Label: LSO Live

Cat No: LSO0844

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 7th February 2020



The second album in Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Schumann series with the London Symphony Orchestra travels from glorious fanfare to dreamlike 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


With these bracing, tautly argued and exhilarating accounts of the 'Spring' and 'Rhenish' symphonies, Gardiner confounds the "dreary cliché that [Schumann] couldn't orchestrate". He brings the values of his period- instrument performances to both works and to the grandiose 'Manfred Overture', a Byronic tone poem in all but name. The LSO players respond with verve and elan to his impulsive baton.  Hugh Canning
The Sunday Times 9 February 2020
Gardiner remains one of the great Schumann interpreters, wonderfully alert to the music’s volatility and rigour
The Guardian

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