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Schumann: Complete Symphonies [Double Album] (Digital Only Release)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Foster

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Schumann Complete Symphonies are presented here in a Double Album that features 2 hours and 15 minutes of excellent performances by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lawrence Foster. The album is a Digital Only Release, Not Available on Stereo CD or Super Audio CD (SACD) disc. 

Robert Schumann started his career as a composer of piano music and Lieder. He is still best known for his work in these genres. Intimidated by Beethoven’s legacy, as well as by his friend Felix Mendelssohn’s prolific output, Schumann long avoided the symphony.

Spurred by his wife Clara, who was convinced that his imagination could not find sufficient scope on the piano, he eventually ventured four highly original symphonies. While the First (“Spring”) and Third (“Rhenish”) display a typically German-Romantic predilection for the picturesque, the Second bears the fruit of Schumann’s study of Bach counterpoint, while the solemn and somber Fourth seems to provide a hint of the composer’s troubled state in the final years of his life.

This album is available at NativeDSD.Com in Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64 and DXD, Stereo DSD 512, Stereo WAV 192kHz and 96kHz as well as Stereo & 5 Channel Surround Sound FLAC 96kHz and FLAC 192kHz.

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Lawrence Foster, Conductor

Tracklist

Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
1.
Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring - I. Andante un poco maestoso Allegro molto vivace
11:02
2.
Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring - II. Larghetto
06:44
3.
Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring - III. Scherzo. Molto vivace
05:36
4.
Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 38 Spring - IV. Allegro animato e grazioso
08:49
5.
Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61 - I. Sostenuto assai Un poco piu vivace Allegro, ma non troppo
13:03
6.
Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61 - II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
07:02
7.
Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61 - III. Adagio espressivo
10:21
8.
Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61 - IV. Allegro molto vivace
08:17
9.
Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish Symphony - I. Lebhaft
09:53
10.
Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish Symphony - II. Scherzo. Sehr mäßig
06:54
11.
Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish Symphony - III. Nicht schnell
05:39
12.
Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish Symphony - IV. Feierlich
06:03
13.
Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 97 Rhenish Symphony - V. Lebhaft
05:36
14.
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 - I. Ziemlich langsam Lebhaft
11:06
15.
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 - II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
04:23
16.
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 - III. Scherzo: Lebhaft
05:47
17.
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 - IV. Langsam Lebhaft
09:58

Total time: 02:16:13

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Release DateMay 2, 2023

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