Schumann: The Complete Symphonies

Schumann: The Complete Symphonies


Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony

Release Date:

10th November 2017

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The Grammy Award-winning team of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony releases a premium edition two-disc recording of the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann, one of the most evocative composers of the Romantic era. Michael Tilson Thomas’ nuanced approach accentuates the tender, simple, and vulnerable side of Schumann’s symphonies, which MTT calls a “preserve for endangered emotions.” Recorded live, these performances of Schumann’s symphonies are hailed as “nothing short of magnificent” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Produced by the Symphony’s in-house record label SFS Media in the highest quality audio, and packaged in a deluxe 82-page hard-bound book.


Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
CD 1
Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Opus 38, Spring
1. I. Andante un poco maestoso – Allegro molto vivace (12.38)
2. II. Larghetto (6.20)
3. III. Scherzo: Molto vivace (6.10)
4. IV. Allegro animato e grazioso (9.01)

Symphony No. 2 
in C major, Opus 61
5. I. Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo (13.05)
6. II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace (7.21)
7. III. Adagio espressivo (10.22)
8. IV. Allegro molto vivace (9.20)

CD 2
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 97, Rhenish
1. I. Lebhaft (10.27)
2. II. Scherzo: Sehr mässig (7.05)
3. III. Nicht schnell (6.17)
4. IV. Feierlich (6.35)
5. V. Lebhaft (6.42)

Symphony No. 4
 in D minor, Opus 120
6. I. Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft (11.25)
7. II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam (4.18)
8. III. Scherzo: Lebhaft (5.12)
9. IV. Langsam – Lebhaft (9.54)

All works recorded in PCM 192 kHz/24-bit audio live at Davies Symphony Hall—a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco, California
Symphony No. 1 (November 19-22, 2015), Symphony No. 2 (March 30-April 2, 2016), Symphony No. 3 (November 13-15. 2015), and Symphony No. 4 (May 19-22, 2016)
Producer: Jack Vad
Post-Production: Mark Willsher
Mastering: Gus Skinas
Engineering Support: Roni Jules, Gus Pollek, Jonathon Stevens, Dann Thompson

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