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Symphonies Nos.1-4

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Passionate, well-played Schumann symphonies, a great bargain July 7 2010
By HB - Published on
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Since the Schumann symphonies are a personal favorite of mine, I could not resist this set for less than 4 bucks. Of course, if the performances were poor, the money would be wasted. However, that is not the case here. Maestro Jordan and his famous Swiss orchestra have produced one of the finest Schumann sets I have ever heard. First of all, the playing is superb with lots of warmth, great solo work and top notch precision. The interpretations are what I would call full-bodied romantic. Nothing is held back by Maestro Jordan. The finale of the 4th is simply thrilling, the best I have yet to hear. If you do not have any recordings of the Schumann symphonies, I cannot think of a better set to introduce his music to you, especially at the extremely low price.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is a superb Schumann Symphony Cycle (a bargain to boot) May 5 2011
By John Keating - Published on
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Ok I will openly admit I read the two reviews and thought,"What the hell! It's the price of a Happy Meal." I download it and...Oh my goodness...sheer musical enjoyment!!!

This is all Schumann's symphonies in one sweet package! You will not be disappointed with this purchase. I own three different sets of these symphonies. My personal favorite is a set by Roy Goodman and The Hanover Band. This one is my second choice ( I paid a hell of a lot more for the Goodman set).

Seriously, this is an outstanding cycle! At a price that is quite amazing given the musicianship exhibited here. The two reviews before mine were spot-on. Even if you're not a fan of Schumann, consider this an invitation to get a taste of his work.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Acceptional performances unreal price Feb. 2 2011
By cruisewhiz - Published on
I agree with the previous reviewer in all areas. I too am a Schumann lover and covet my Philharmonia/Muti and Cleveland/Szell sets. I have added this one and love it. I have always enjoyed releases from Erato over the years and apparently this one as well as many others on Warner come from that fine label. I wish there was way a way to see all of these Erato/Warner releases together. If you are interesting in Bruckner, you will see many fine performances from Warner here on Amazon. Love it, just love it!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Watch Out Scrawny Toms! Jan. 10 2015
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on
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With so many Scrawny Toms on the prowl - Nézet-Séguin, Abbado, Rattle, Järvi and the infamous Ticciati - all of whom seek to dandify Schumann, it's time to visit a cycle which has been largely forgotten over the years: Armin Jordan with his Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (a good-sized outfit with a distinguished pedigree and Klang), recorded superbly in 1990 by the sadly defunct Erato.

I concur with my fellow reviewers: this ain't half bad. Indeed, it's a ripsnorter. When played like this, Schumann is as exothermic as Mozart. Here at last, the composer is no stranger to grandeur or the romantic impulses that so drove him as an individual. Name the determinants: eroticism and disquietude, heroism and longing - they're here in spades. Isaiah Berlin says it better:

"(Romanticism embodied) a new and restless spirit, seeking violently to burst through old and cramping forms, a nervous preoccupation with perpetually changing inner states of consciousness, a longing for the unbounded and the indefinable, for perpetual movement and change, an effort to return to the forgotten sources of life, a passionate effort at self-assertion both individual and collective, a search after means of expressing an unappeasable yearning for unattainable goals."

Yannick, Sir Simon, Uncle Claudio, Paavo and Robin - meow as much as you want but that's historically informed practice. Jordan is attuned to it. Playing Schumann timorously as an update of Mozart or Haydn ain't gonna cut it.

Not once does that hoary old scarecrow - Schumann's apparent ineptitude as an orchestrator - come to mind as one surveys this cycle. Just listen to the decorum and exhilaration - yes, they co-exist - in the finale of the Second! It's lucidity itself. And how well-paced it is!

This is such a joy! At the end of the day, there's no substitute for vision. I hate to put it in the negative - the cycle is a slam-dunk in its own right - but you could do so much worse than this . . . . . speaking of which, will someone round up those Scrawny Toms! Even the mice pity them!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Cinderella Set, Coming out of Nowhere Jan. 16 2015
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wow. I took a chance on this one -- because I frequently find recordings by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande to be excellent, no matter who conducts -- and I was definitely not disappointed. My favorite Schumann symphonic cycles are those of Szell and Masur with the Gewandhaus and Goodman's set with the Hanover Band. And Dausgaard with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra as well. This one, however, has verve and transparency, vigor and substance. Nostalgia draw me back to the Szell and Masur, and I love the orchestral sound of the Goodman, but this one deserves a place at the top as well. For the performances and price, it really is hard to beat. Recommended.

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