Schumann: Symphonies / Rattle (4lp)
Label: Berlin Philharmonic Recordings
Simon Rattle conducts Schumann's symphonies For Simon Rattle, Robert Schumann is "the real Romantic". And indeed: the effervescence of this epoch, its passion as well as its melancholy, can be relived with unique intensity in Schumann's music to this day. Schumann's symphonies have always been part of the core repertoire of the Berliner Philharmoniker. On recordings, especially an interpretation with Wilhelm Furtwängler from 1953 has achieved cult status. And so it is only natural that the Berlin Philharmonic should open its Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings label with a cycle of the four Schumann symphonies. The works have accompanied the orchestra throughout 2013 - in Berlin and on tour in Europe and Asia. The Tagesspiegel spoke of a "stellar hour." In addition to the extraordinary quality, another special feature of these recordings from the Philharmonie is the decision to use the early version of the Fourth Symphony from 1841, which for Simon Rattle impresses with more "lightness, grace and beauty" compared to the established later version. In terms of product presentation, the release goes far beyond the usual. The additional download code grants access to the Berlin Philharmonic's video platform, the Digital Concert Hall, for 48 hours.