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Schumann: Zwickau Symphony (Swedish CO/Dausgaard) (BIS: BISSACD1569)

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"Clarity is a given with this particular band (their coupling of Symphonies Nos2 and 4 has already proved that) and here the same impressions of transparency, watertight ensemble, dovetailed phrasing and buoyant rhythms pertain." Gramophone Magazine, May 2008

"To call a performance 'well made' might seem like a half-hearted compliment but in the case of Thomas Dausgaard's account of the Spring Symphony it's only part of the story, albeit a very important part. Clarity is a given with this particular band and here the same impressions of transparency, watertight ensemble, dovetailed phrasing and buoyant rhythms pertain. The first movement is kept on its toes and 'in tempo', and likewise the Scherzo where the Trios are skilfully integrated into the rest of the movement, the first of them opening, unusually, to a gently brushed legato. The Larghetto is streamlined without sounding cold, the important horn and pizzicato string parts always crystal-clear, whereas the finale's prime virtue is its judicious pacing, especially the idyllic horn passage just after the halfway point, and the symphony's closing pages, which are thrillingly played. Dausgaard's understanding of tempo relations is even better demonstrated in the Zwickau movement of an early G minor symphony. There are reminders of early Schubert and Bruckner in that rays of light are crossed with moments of darkness, for example the unresolved bassoon motif that closes the exposition, very imaginative (and unsettling), and so is the return of the stern introduction towards the end of the movement. The Mendelssohnian Overture, Scherzo andFinale is again beautifully shaped, the introduction unusually pensive, the ensuing Allegro full of life, the Scherzo crisp but unhurried. The two relatively late overtures again benefit from smaller-than-usual orchestral forces and perceptive direction, Dausgaard generating bags of energy while allowing textures to breathe. So all we need now is an equally compelling Rhenish Symphony to round off the cycle. The recorded sound is superb." Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
Item number BISSACD1569
Barcode 7318599915692
Release date 27/01/1900
Category Orchestral | Classical Music
Label BIS Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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