Schumann's Shoebox

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SonicMan46

Schumann Symphonies - not a lot of discussion on this topic in this thread, e.g. favorites, new performances, etc. But nearly 2 years ago, I exchanged a post w/ Andrei concerning a Holliger 6-disc Audite box that looked enticing - today I found it on JPC for 40 Euros HERE.

This morning I'm re-listening to my collection of the 3 non-Holliger recordings below which have remained the same for 6-8 years.  Attached is a comparison of reviews of these 3 conductors, but also found today and attached, a quite positive review of Gaudenz by Jens in Forbes, and discrepant comments by VonStupp vs. Scott Morrison on Zinman on Amazon - might be of interest.

But hopefully some more input on these orchestral works likely would interest many - Dave

Quote from: SonicMan46 on June 20, 2022, 12:04:12 PMHi Andrei - boy, that Holliger box looks great - how consistent are the performances (e.g. symphonies vs. concertos)?  Unfortunately, expensive on Amazon USA (i.e. $60 USD) and not available as a physical package at my usual 'across the pond' places - I've been going through my Schumann collection the last 3-4 days, all instrumental, i.e. a lot of solo piano, chamber works, and the symphony performances shown below.

There have been many other recommendations for these works in the pages here - but for those reading the thread and wanting to add Robert's symphonies to their collection, then the ones below are worth a listen and consideration - I enjoy each one; for those interested, reviews are attached.  BUT, I must look further into that Holliger box and explore some of the 'used' sources -  8)  Dave

   
Quote from: Florestan on February 09, 2022, 03:49:34 AMIn this respect an even better option is this:



DavidW

I like Bernstein ;D


Florestan

Quote from: DavidW on March 09, 2024, 08:24:42 AMI like Bernstein ;D



So do I.

The good thing with madmen (I mean Schumann, not Bernstein) is that whatever way you interpret them, nobody can prove you wrong. And AFAIC, the more different interpretive choices, the merrier. ;D
When I'm creating at the piano, I tend to feel happy; but - the eternal dilemma - how can we be happy amid the unhappiness of others? I'd do everything I could to give everyone a moment of happiness. That's what's at the heart of my music. — Nino Rota

DavidW

Quote from: Florestan on March 09, 2024, 08:28:48 AMSo do I.

The good thing with madmen (I mean Schumann, not Bernstein) is that whatever way you interpret them, nobody can prove you wrong. And AFAIC, the more different interpretive choices, the merrier. ;D

Yeah I used to whiplash between Bernstein and Zinman who have diametrically opposite approaches! :laugh:

Jo498

I have not heard Holliger, Gaudenz, Zinman. The Sawallisch has its "classic" status justifiedly (more than Szell's IMO). Bernstein/DG would be a good (and usually cheap) more romantic addition to the others. The Holliger is more complete, I believe, with ouvertures and maybe the "Zwickauer" fragment (I have that with Gardiner, who also gives both versions of the 4th).
Tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos, dans une chambre.
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VonStupp

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Quote from: SonicMan46 on March 09, 2024, 08:12:51 AMSchumann Symphonies -

comments by VonStupp vs. Scott Morrison on Zinman on Amazon - might be of interest.

Hi Dave - I hope all is going well!

Indeed, it was not to my tastes, but I know Zinman's is a very popular account, so more power to those who enjoy them; I believe I felt similarly to the Holliger set, although it had some interesting extras. Often, a new approach to a warhorse will really catch my spirit, but just as often, I need to spend quality time with a different approach, and hopefully I will come around to it, and so I try to do that over time.

Unfortunately, if a review is old enough, Amazon does not let me go back and adjust my views. It is too bad, since I return to some recordings and wonder what my problem was; I have 'rediscovered' many gems by revisiting  over time what I dismissed previously. Luckily, there are a lot of mouths out there selling their viewpoints to account for every taste, and none are 'wrong'.

Thus, I use Amazon as more of a personal blog of my thoughts at the time, instead of a review per se. In the end, my hope is people will find listening pleasure regardless of any yahoo on the internet; I have been one to read many such posts, mostly for my entertainment anymore. ;D
VS
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