Magazine article Gramophone

Schumann: Symphonies-No 1, 'Spring', Op 38

Magazine article Gramophone

Schumann: Symphonies-No 1, 'Spring', Op 38

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Schumann

Symphonies--No 1, 'Spring', Op 38; No 2, Op 61; No 3, 'Rhenish', Op 97; No 4, Op 120

Odense Symphony Orchestra / Simon Gaudenz

CPO (F) (2) [SACD] CPO777 925-2 (124' * DDD/DSD)

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Schumann symphony cycles have been arriving thick and fast recently, from Nezet-Seguin, Ticciati and Rattle. And not so many years ago CPO issued a set under Frank Beermann (12/10). So this issue already falls under quite a long shadow; recorded over a period of two years from June 2011 to April 2013, the timing of its release can only be considered unfortunate.

It's not clear why CPO would wish to replace the 2010 Beermann issue so soon, especially given the present near-saturation of the Schumann market. Do Gaudenz and his Danes match up to the finest of the recent sets? These are spirited, full-orchestral, modern-instrument performances captured in an acoustic (the Carl Nielsen Hall in Odense) that clarifies lines. Perhaps woodwinds don't penetrate as much or have the same personality as on the recordings mentioned above; strings are also a little scrappy in extremis. …

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