Schumann: 4 Symphonies - Rattle
Berliner Philharmoniker BPHR 140013 (2 discs)
Classical - Orchestral
Schumann: Symphonies 1-4
Sir Simon Rattle
For Simon Rattle, Robert Schumann is “the echt Romantic”. And in fact, the exuberance of the period, its passion and its melancholy can be heard with unique intensity in Schumann's music to this day. For the Berliner Philharmoniker, Schumann's symphonies have always been part of their core repertoire. The 1953 Wilhelm Furtwängler recording of the Fourth in particular has attained cult status. And so it only stood to reason that the Berliner Philharmoniker launched their Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings label with a cycle of the four Schumann symphonies.
The Schumann symphonies have accompanied the orchestra throughout 2013 – in Berlin and on tour in Europe and Asia. The Berlin Tagesspiegel wrote of a “defining moment”, while the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praised the “truly sensational quality”. Another special feature of this recording from the Philharmonie is the decision to use the early version of the Fourth Symphony from 1841, whose appeal for Simon Rattle lies in its extra “lightness, grace and beauty” compared to the established later version.
The linen-bound CD/Blu-ray edition includes the Schumann cycle in different formats. In addition to the traditional audio CDs, there is also a Blu-ray Disc which enables music lovers to listen to the recording in audiophile studio quality of 96kHz/24bit or as HD video. If you are looking for the recording in even higher resolution, there is an accompanying code which allows you to download a version online in up to 192kHz/24bit.
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Recorded at the Berlin Philharmonie on 14-16 February 2013 (No. 3), 20-22 February 2013 (No. 2) and 31 October-2 November 2013 (Nos. 1 & 4), 24/192
Recording producer: Christoph Franke
Sound engineer: Rene Möller
Digital editing: Alexander Feucht
Executive producers: Olaf Maninger, Robert Zimmermann
SACD-Mastering: optimal media GmbH