“This disc marks the completion of PentaTone’s excellent set of the four Schumann symphonies…..These urbane and satisfying performances are warmly recommended.”
“American conductor Lawrence Foster leads the venerable Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in substantial sounding performances of Robert Schumann’s Symphonies No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97, the “Rhenish,” and No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120. More than anything else, Foster has a nice feeling for the flow of Schumann’s writing as it moves from one enchanting, stirring or picturesque moment to the next, and also for the color of his orchestrations.”
Dr Phil Muse
Atlanta Audio Society
“These are respectable rather leisurely performances”
“Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony opens in a mood of bounding optimism that conductor Lawrence Foster and the Czech Philharmonic capture well in this impressive recording. The downscaling of the tempi of subsequent movements to give point to the finale is also carefully managed. There are blurs of texture here and there in both works, but they are more the composer’s fault than the conductor’s. Strong playing, especially among the woodwinds and horns.”
“Recorded live during April 2008, the sound captures the very full acoustic of the Rudofinum and its long reverberation time, and it is to the engineers’ credit that little detail is lost; this is as different a sound from the LSO Live’s Barbican productions as is possible. The audience is superbly well-behaved and very largely inaudible. This is another very welcome release from PentaTone.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed this CD and would be happy to return to it”.
“…the glowing sophistication of these notable readings carries its own special kind of authority”.
International Record Review
“A fine release!”
“Foster’s tempi for these big band performances are brisk and the results are undeniably exciting. Although these are ‘live’ performances they are mercifully free from audience noise and applause….. these full-blooded performances with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in top form will, I suspect, appeal to many listeners wanting a recording of this coupling and the eventual completion of the cycle should be well worth hearing.
“A wonderfully fresh disc of Schumann’s first two symphonies…..Recommended.”
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