Schumann: The Symphonies & Overtures / Dausgaard, Swedish Chamber Orchestra

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During their long collaboration (1997 - 2019) Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra developed a project they named ‘Opening Doors’, performing orchestral works from...

During their long collaboration (1997 - 2019) Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra developed a project they named ‘Opening Doors’, performing orchestral works from the Romantic era with the smaller-than-usual forces of a chamber orchestra. Due to the often revelatory results of this approach, the team went on to present at concerts around the world and on several recordings. This box set brings together an important chapter of the project: Robert Schumann’s orchestral music, symphonies as well as overtures. In addition to his four symphonies - including both versions of No. 4 - this collection presents the Zwickau Symphony, an early, unfinished work from 1832-33, as well as a divertimento-like sequence of movements, Overture, Scherzo and Finale.

Of the six overtures included in the set some are well-known, like the overture to Genoveva, Schumann’s only opera, and the Manfred Overture which Clara Schumann regarded as ‘one of the most poetic and most gripping of Robert’s pieces’. Other, less often heard works will constitute pleasant discoveries. The three albums included in the set were greeted with critical acclaim on their individual releases, earning distinctions in magazines such as Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and Fono Forum. Summing up the cycle, the reviewer in Fanfare described it as ‘close to being the most thrilling Schumann symphony series on the market, with sawing violins smoking down to the bridge and timpani-like rifle shots.’

Past praise for the albums included in this edition:

Symphony No. 1 & Overtures

Right from the opening fanfares, there's a sense of joy and exhilaration, and the openness of the orchestral textures brings freshness and clarity. The ensemble’s lithe flexibility is used to the full by Dausgaard, whose instincts on tempo are persuasive, and the dramatic tension underpinning the work isn't allowed to evaporate.

-- BBC Music Magazine

Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

The Second Symphony is revealing with keen accents and prominent inner voices, the latter half of the slow introduction biting and muscular, the main Allegro superbly built. In the Scherzo Dausgaard slows and softens the bridge passage appealingly, accentuating the dizzy flight back to the main subject. In the achingly beautiful Adagio, top line and accompaniment seem to lean on each other to ease the pain, and in speeding for the finale's second set Dausgaard intensifies the argument, making fresh sense of it.

-- Gramophone

Dausgaard is not the first conductor to use the 1841 version of the D minor Symphony… but… this performance, given by an orchestra of the size of Schumann himself would have known brings it vividly to life.

-- BBC Music Magazine



Product Description:


  • Release Date: January 06, 2023


  • UPC: 7318599926698


  • Catalog Number: BIS-2669


  • Label: BIS


  • Number of Discs: 3


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Robert Schumann


  • Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra


  • Performer: Swedish Chamber Orchestra



Works:


  1. Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 "Spring"

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  2. Die Braut von Messina (The Bride of Messina), Op. 100

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  3. Genoveva, Op. 81: Overture

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  4. Symphony in G Minor, Anh. A3, "Zwickau": I. Moderato - Allegro

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  5. Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  6. Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  7. Scenen aus Goethes Faust, WoO 3: Overture

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  8. Julius Cesar Overture, Op. 128

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  9. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  10. Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  11. Manfred Overture, Op. 115

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard


  12. Hermann and Dorothea, Op. 136

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard