Symphonic Works (2013)

Schumann

Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

Michael Schonwandt

Robert Schumann’s four symphonies are undoubtedly highlights of the symphonic repertoire and are a true challenge for any orchestra. The numbering of the symphonies produces a degree of confusion – the Symphony in D minor from 1841 was fundamentally revised by Schumann in 1851 and was then given number 4. The recording on this Album is a reconstruction of the original version and is in fact Schumann’s ‘Second’. It is remarkable to see how fast Schumann could work. He maintained a detailed and accurate administration of his activities. This means we know that as soon as he had an idea he was often able to write down a piano sketch in a few days, which was then instrumented during a very short period of time. The piano versions were often performed on piano by his wife Clara Schumann before a critical circle of friends at home. His direct involvement with the orchestral world in Leipzig, where his friend Felix Mendelssohn was in charge, and later in Dusseldorf – where he himself was Städtischer Musikdirektor – meant that once his symphonies were orchestrated they could be programmed and performed immediately. Compared with our modern days this was an incredible enterprise – nobody was familiar with this complicated music and it was played from manuscripts. The works had not been published yet and every part was copied by hand!

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Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

The Hilversumse Radio Kamer Filharmonie was the orchestra par excellence to record Schumann’s Symphonic works. The orchestra is renowned for its historically accurate performances and in terms of its size it compares well with orchestras from Schumann’s time. At the time the first recordings were planned it was announced that the RKF had to be ‘reduced’ following budget cuts imposed by the Dutch government of the Rutte I cabinet. The orchestra, together with its Chief Conductor Michael Schønwandt, explicitly decided to proceed with the recordings with double the original motivation. We hope that these Schumann CDs demonstrate how wrong it was for this wonderful orchestra to be cost-cut out of existence.

Michael Schonwandt

Michael Schønwandt, born in Copenhagen, was Music Director of the Royal Orchestra and the Royal Opera in Copenhagen from 2000-2011, and associated with the company since 1979. In September 2010 he took up the position of Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also held posts as Chief Conductor of the Berliner Sinfonie- Orchester (1992-1998), Principal Guest Conductor of La Monnaie in Brussels (1984-87), Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (1987- 2000), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Staatstheater Stuttgart.

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Symphonic Works (2013)

Schumann

Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

Cables: Siltech
Digital Converters: DCS
Microphones: Sondore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: Muziekcentrum van der Omroep, Hilversum Holland
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring- Andante un poco maestoso ? Allegro molto vivace
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Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring- Larghetto
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Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring- Scherzo- Molto vivace ? Trio I- Molto piu vivace ? Tr
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Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring- Allegro animato e grazioso
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Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61- Sostenuto assai ? Allegro, ma non troppo
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Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61- Scherzo- Allegro vivace
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Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61- Adagio espressivo
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Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61- Allegro molto vivace
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Sechs Fügen uber den Namen BACH, Op. 60- Fuge No. 6
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Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish- Lebhaft
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Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish- Scherzo- Sehr m??ig
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Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish- Nicht schnell
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Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish- Feierlich
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Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish- Lebhaft
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Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120- Andante con moto ? Allegro di molto
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Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120- Romanza- Andante
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Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120- Scherzo- Presto
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Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120- Largo - Finale- Allegro vivace
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Symphony in G Minor, WoO 29 Zwickau- Moderato allegro
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Symphony in G Minor, WoO 29 Zwickau- Andantino quasi allegretto - Intermezzo quasi scherzo- Allegro
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