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Symphonic Works
Robert Schumann

Michael Schønwandt / Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

Symphonic Works

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Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917255324
Catnr: CC 72553
Release date: 08 July 2013
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Challenge Classics
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0608917255324
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CC 72553
Release date
08 July 2013

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About the album

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 CD is a reconstruction of the original version and is in fact Schumann’s ‘Second’.

Alle symfonieën van Schumann op één dubbelalbum
Dit dubbelalbum bevat alle symfonieën van Robert Schumann, uitgevoerd door het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest onder leiding van Michael Schønwandt.

De vier symfonieën van Schumann zijn ongetwijfeld hoogtepunten uit het symfonische repertoire, en vormen een ware uitdaging voor elk orkest. Omdat Schumann betrokken was bij de orkestwereld in Leipzig en Düsseldorf, konden zijn symfonieën gelijk uitgevoerd worden zodra ze georkestreerd waren. Dit was een ongelooflijke onderneming: Niemand was bekend met de ingewikkelde muziek, die van manuscripten werd gespeeld. De werken waren nog niet gepubliceerd, en alles werd met de hand gekopieerd!

De nummering van de symfonieën is verwarrend. De Symfonie in D klein uit 1841 werd tien jaar later grondig aangepast door de componist, en werd toen de Vierde Symfonie genoemd. De opname op dit album is een reconstructie van de originele versie van de Vierde Symfonie, die eigenlijk Schumanns ‘tweede’ is.

Naast de vier symfonieën bevat dit album ook een jeugdwerk van Schumann, de Symfonie in G uit 1832, ook wel bekend als Zwickau. De eerste twee delen van dit werk zijn compleet, maar van de laatste twee delen zijn alleen fragmenten overgebleven. Het album sluit af met de Fuge über den Namen BACH op. 60.
Robert Schumanns Sinfonische Werke - Michael Schönwandts Gesamteinspielung inklusive der unvollendeten Jugensinfonie aus Zwickau.

Robert Schumann schrieb im Jahre 1832 eine Sinfonie in g-moll, deren erste beiden Sätze fertig gestellt wurden. Zwei weitere Sätze sind nur fragmentarisch erhalten. Michael Schönwandt lässt Schumanns sogenannte "Zwickauer" Sinfonie in ihrer Originalgestalt erklingen und gibt dem Hörer Gelegenheit, ein gelungenes Jugendwerk des großen Komponisten zu genießen. Die "Fuge über den Namen B-A-C-H" op. 60 rundet die sinfonische Einspielung mit dem grandiosen Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic ab.

Artist(s)

The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is a versatile orchestra that covers a broad and varied terrain. The orchestra performs in various formations, from Baroque to contemporary music ensemble. Michael Schønwandt is its chief conductor and artistic director. Its principal guest conductors are Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen and James MacMillan. Former chief conductor Jaap van Zweden was appointed conductor emeritus in May 2011. Radical cutback in expenditure of the Netherlands public broadcasting results in the dissolution of  this orchestra in August 2013.  The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic makes an important contribution to the Saturday Matinee, Sunday Morning and Robeco Summer concert series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Utrecht’s Vredenburg Friday series and the NTR concerts in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. All of these...
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The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is a versatile orchestra that covers a broad and varied terrain. The orchestra performs in various formations, from Baroque to contemporary music ensemble. Michael Schønwandt is its chief conductor and artistic director. Its principal guest conductors are Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen and James MacMillan. Former chief conductor Jaap van Zweden was appointed conductor emeritus in May 2011. Radical cutback in expenditure of the Netherlands public broadcasting results in the dissolution of this orchestra in August 2013. The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic makes an important contribution to the Saturday Matinee, Sunday Morning and Robeco Summer concert series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Utrecht’s Vredenburg Friday series and the NTR concerts in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. All of these concerts are broadcast via Radio 4 and many are recorded for live Internet streaming and TV broadcasts. The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is a frequent guest in De Magische Muziekfabriek educational series, the International Gaudeamus Music Week and the Holland Festival.
The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is renowned for its impassioned performances of contemporary music. At the internationally respected Donaueschingen Festival for new music, the orchestra performed no less than four world premieres in a single concert conducted by Peter Eötvös in October 2010. One month later its concertante performance of Pascal Dusapin’s Faustus, the last night, the first in the Netherlands, received rave reviews.
The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is also known for its performances of familiar and lesser known works of the old masters conducted by specialists in historical performance practice. In recent years the Radio Chamber Philharmonic worked with conductors like Harry Christophers, Andrew Manze, Masaaki Suzuki, Kenneth Montgomery and John Nelson and of course principal guest conductors Frans Brüggen and Philippe Herreweghe. The versatility of the orchestra is demonstrated in its wide range of recordings, from Beethoven, Haydn and Stravinsky to Henk Badings, Tristan Keuris, Otto Ketting, Richard Rijnvos and James MacMillan.

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Michael Schønwandt (conductor)

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. As well as his close association with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen (where projects have included a new Ring Cycle in the newly opened...
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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.
As well as his close association with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen (where projects have included a new Ring Cycle in the newly opened opera house in 2006) Michael Schønwandt has conducted at leading opera houses around the world, including regular appearances with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Monnaie in Brussels, Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, Nice Opera, the Stuttgart Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cologne Opera and Die Meistersinger in Bayreuth. His vast operatic repertoire has included Alceste, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Idomeneo, Fidelio, Der Fliegende Holländer, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Lohengrin, Tristan & Isolde, Macbeth, Simone Boccanegra, Otello, Wozzeck, Falstaff, Eugen Onegin, Queen of Spades, Turandot, The Trojans, Salome, Elektra, Rosenkavalier, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Jenufa, The Cunning Little Vixen, Katya Kabanova, Le Grand Macabre and Maskarade by Nielsen.
Michael Schønwandt has a very active concert career and has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra (including all the Beethoven piano concertos with Alfred Brendel), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, the Dresden Philharmonic, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Essen Philharmonic, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Helsinki Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Warsaw, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, the Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie in Brussels and engagements in Bonn, Zurich, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Graz, and Rome.
Michael Schønwandt has a special interest in Danish music. He is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Carl Nielsen’s music and has recorded all his symphonies and concertos. He has also recorded the complete symphonies by Niels Gade and Weyse and his interest in contemporary music has led him to conduct many world premieres by Danish composers.
Michael Schønwandt has made many notable recordings with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra for Chandos, including Strauss’ Salome, released in 1999, and hailed by the Gramophone magazine as the best recording ever of the work.
In May 2011 Michael Schønwandt was awarded Commander in the Royal Danish Order of the Dannebrog for his particular contribution to the arts.

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Composer(s)

Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing. Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and the Fantasie in...
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Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.
Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and the Fantasie in C are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.
In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favour of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which, before her marriage, formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.
Schumann suffered from a mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to a mental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.

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Gramophone, 22-1-2014

Together with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Michael Schonwandt is very convincing in his mix of romantic style, highest expressiveness and really brilliant orchestral colors, the whole being cemented by the knowledge of the historical performance practice. New perspectives for Schumann!
Pizzicato, 08-1-2014

at the same time traditional and modern
Fono Forum, 01-1-2014

These performances definitely make you sit up and take notice. Schønwandt is able to achieve a transparency and lightness, bringing out all the colours of the orchestra.
Music Web International, 01-1-2014

**** Four-star review Schønwandt lets the music sparkle with youthful vitality
Volkskrant, 27-11-2013

"Schønwandt met strong competition, but he's usually really beautiful and does exciting things. Especially in a dynamic way"
Luister, 08-10-2013

"What struck me pleasantly is the intimate lyrical character with a sufficient attention to detail and yet a natural feel for the progress of the melodic undercurrent"  
www.opusklassiek.nl, 24-9-2013

This Schumann-recording under chief-conductor Michael Schønwandt has what it takes to be a reference-recoring
MDR Take 5, 26-8-2013

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Disc #1
01.
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring: Andante un poco maestoso – Allegro molto vivace
10:37
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
02.
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring: Larghetto
06:20
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
03.
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring: Scherzo: Molto vivace – Trio I: Molto piu vivace – Trio II
05:05
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
04.
Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring: Allegro animato e grazioso
08:15
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
05.
Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61: Sostenuto assai – Allegro, ma non troppo
11:41
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
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Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61: Scherzo: Allegro vivace
06:46
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
07.
Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61: Adagio espressivo
08:44
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
08.
Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61: Allegro molto vivace
08:25
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
09.
Sechs Fugen über den Namen BACH, Op. 60: Fuge No. 6
07:23
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra

Disc #2
01.
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish: Lebhaft
09:36
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
02.
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish: Scherzo: Sehr mäßig
06:14
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
03.
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish: Nicht schnell
04:32
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
04.
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish: Feierlich
05:20
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
05.
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish: Lebhaft
05:44
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
06.
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: Andante con moto – Allegro di molto
08:17
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
07.
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: Romanza: Andante
02:59
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
08.
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: Scherzo: Presto
06:14
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
09.
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: Largo - Finale: Allegro vivace
05:39
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
10.
Symphony in G Minor, WoO 29 Zwickau: Moderato allegro
09:40
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
11.
Symphony in G Minor, WoO 29 Zwickau: Andantino quasi allegretto - Intermezzo quasi scherzo: Allegro assai - Andantino
07:52
(Robert Schumann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
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