Friday, April 16, 2010

Schumann - Complete Symphonies (Mahler Edition) - Chailly, Gewandhausorchester

Schumann - Complete Symphonies (Mahler Edition) -
Chailly, Gewandhausorchester
Symphonic | Eac, flac, cue | log, scans | 2 CD, 576 MB
February 12, 2008 | Decca | FF

The Gewandhaus Orchestra under it's Music Director Riccardo Chailly brings generations of authentic romantic style to performances of all four Schumann symphonies. These symphonies, recorded in the wonderful acoustic of the Gewandhaus itself, include the revisions made by the composer Gustav Mahler a lifelong supporter of Schumann and his symphonic writings. Since Chailly took charge at the Gewandhaus, the orchestra has received consistently excellent reviews for their playing and interpretations of the works of the great Romantic composers.

...Mahler got it right. Many small changes to the orchestration, here and there, make Schumann's Symphonies all the more enjoyable. He sorted out some weaknesses and lightly re-scored in places for even better results. This is super-polished Schumann, not Mahlerized-versions.

CD Content
Symphony No.1 in B flat, Op.38 - "Spring"
Symphony No.2 in C, Op.61
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish"
Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.120

1 comment:

  1. Just discovering these Mahler revisions of Schumann’s symphonies really changes my appreciation of these works. It’s as if Mahler cleaned up the spaces within the orchestration allowing more air and light to pervade them; a vast improvement. The players of the Gewandhausorchester are also superb.



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