This week Andy Morton of McNally Robinson Booksellers and Classic 107’s Michael Wolch, selected a disc of Schumann Complete Symphonies, performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe,conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
For these revelatory performances - captured live at acclaimed concerts in Paris - Yannick conducts the superb Chamber Orchestra of Europe, one of the world s preeminent chamber orchestras.
Taking a fresh perspective on familiar music, he challenges the conventional view on the composer s symphonies.
"Of all the major symphonies, I'd say that Schumann's are best performed by a slightly smaller ensemble... With a lean string section not only in size, but also in its quality of playing the music just works." says Yannick.
The Canadian Maestro sees Schumann's music as rooted in the bipolar nature of the composer s troubled psyche, emphasizing dramatic shifts of temperament - not only between movements but even within a single phrase.
"He's one of those composers whose personality is completely expressed in their music...those fluctuations between the melancholy and something very inward-looking are combined with a very manic kind of energy that wants to conquer the world. That s what is so special about Schumann." says Yannick.
This new cycle includes the second, revised version of Schumann's second symphony, published as his Symphony No.4.
"I try to respect whenever a composer makes a revision because he feels the need to, rather than because of any outside pressure. I m personally convinced that the symphony s message, and this feeling of one big movement, is better conveyed by the later version." says Yannick.
This set is Yannick Nézet-Séguin's first recording of a complete symphony cycle.
Schumann: The Symphonies is now on sale in the music section of McNally Robinson Booksellers,Grant Park.
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