Now Available: Schumann Symphony 1 & 2

On October 28, Naxos Records releases a new recording of Schumann’s First and Second Symphonies, as reorchestrated by Mahler. Alsop and the Vienna RSO recorded the works as the first installment of their sophomore recording project: a complete Schumann symphonic cycle for Naxos, of which the second volume is due for release early next year.

Alsop explains:

“Recording the Schumann symphonies in the Mahler orchestrations with the wonderful musicians of the Vienna RSO has been a thrilling journey. These four symphonies are a natural companion to the Brahms cycle I recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Naxos. They are symphonies that convey huge personal struggle and triumph; symphonies of intimate moments and boldly displayed joy. These orchestrations add a new dimension as we experience these works through the eyes of another great genius, Mahler. Not only can we hear and appreciate Schumann’s brilliance, but we can also understand how Mahler felt about Schumann’s symphonies. Mahler’s edits convey a deep reverence for the original while adding touches based on his vast experience as a master conductor and composer.”

Listen to the new recording:!FAN


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