Schumann: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4; Manfred Overture

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COMPOSERS: Schumann
LABELS: DG Galleria
WORKS: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4; Manfred Overture
PERFORMER: Chicago SO/Daniel Barenboim
CATALOGUE NO: 437 641-2 ADD(2 discs)
Barenboim’s interpretations of the Schumann symphonies are big, broad and Romantic, with the emphasis more towards Brahmsian weight than Mendelssohnian lightness. The results are powerful and often thrilling. Barenboim knows how to build an exciting climax, slow movements – such as the lovely Adagio of the Second Symphony – are fully expressive and scherzos have a dramatic edge. The Spring Symphony is made too imposing for its own good, with a portentous second movement, but the Second, Third and Fourth are all successful on Barenboim’s terms. The Chicago players are wonderfully responsive and their virtuosity is second to none. An undeniably impressive set. David Michaels

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