Schumann - Complete Symphonies | SWR Classic SWR19530CD

Schumann - Complete Symphonies


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Label: SWR Classic

Cat No: SWR19530CD

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 14th January 2022



Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR


Roger Norrington


Schumann, Robert

Symphonies 1-4 (complete)


Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR


Roger Norrington


Robert Schumannís four symphonies represent the highs and lows of the composerís life unlike any other of his works. They were composed between 1840 (shortly after his marriage to Clara Schumann) and 1853 (at which point his mental health problems were becoming apparent). They were a leap into the unknown for the young composer, at least as far as the First Symphony is concerned; previously he had focused on piano and Lied repertoire. In the following years, Schumannís life was a series of short, carefree episodes that alternated with considerably longer periods marked by pressing worries Ė recognition often gave way to criticism and rejection. These were the composerís personal circumstances when writing the four symphonies.

Roger Norringtonís artistic credo is the faithful rendition of a composerís intentions, made all the more important here when considering both Schumannís background and the epoch in which he lived and worked. During Norringtonís thirteen years as chief conductor of the former Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (which merged with its sister orchestra from Baden-Baden to form the SWR Symphonieorchester in 2016), he adhered to historically informed performance practice, applying the characteristics of period style to the modern symphony orchestra.

With English concert introductions spoken by Roger Norrington

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