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    Of the modern recordings, I really like the Simon Rattle/ Berlin set. Especially his interpretation of the 4th. Great stuff.

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    I also have mixed feelings about Schumann's Symphonies. Like the "Spring" (No.1) very much; "Rhenish" (No.3) also enjoyable, but haven't been able to draw too close to Nos. 2 and 4. Of the sets I have owned or heard, I'm partial to that of the young Bernstein/New York Philharmonic. Sawallisch/Dresden is nice. My fondness for the Szell/Cleveland has diminished. Not nuts about Kubelik/Bavarian Radio and Karajan/Berlin either. Two highly praised versions---Gardiner and Von Dohnanyi---I have not heard.

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    The only Schumann symphony I consider to be a great masterpiece is the second in C Major and the best performance I've heard is by von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.
    Last edited by hpowders; Jan-10-2017 at 03:06.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I didn't connect with 1 & 4 on the first listening. No.4 is actually an earlier work as the symphonies are not chronologically numbered. But 2 & 3 I found enjoyable from the get go. They are melodious and triumphant.
    Especially conducted by Riccardo Muti.
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    My favorite remains the Spring Symphony, although I've recently been enjoying the fourth as well. The second and third are okay.

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    My favourite is the 4th symphony followed by the 1st, 3rd and 2nd.

    I prefer Bernstein/VPO recording, but Solti/VPO is also good. The new Rattle/BPO recording didn't really clicked for me.

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    I was recommended the second symphony so I bought the whole cycle by
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    Listened to second so far but very challenging though enjoyable, and yet to listen to the other ones.

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    Love them. Current favourite is the Gardiner cycle. Previously Sawallisch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msr13 View Post
    Of the modern recordings, I really like the Simon Rattle/ Berlin set. Especially his interpretation of the 4th. Great stuff.
    I was pleasantly surprised by Rattle's first recorded Schumann. I think it can be sets-considered, along with VPO/LB (DG), VPO/Muti(Philips), Staats. Berlin/Barenboim (Warner), Staats. Dresden/Sawallisch (EMI).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    The only Schumann symphony I consider to be a great masterpiece is the second in C Major and the best performance I've heard is by von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.
    This rec's illuminating ('71 Schumann, '63 Brahms).


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    Just looking at some old posts on this thread as I'm
    listening to fourth for first time and I agree it does have the style of Brahms. Maybe because they were good friends!

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    The 4th was written when Brahms was a child. It dates from 1841.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    The 4th was written when Brahms was a child. It dates from 1841.
    Thank you for that. Maybe other way round.. l Brahms copying Schumann perhaps? I will read up on it more!
    Last edited by Judith; Jan-11-2017 at 15:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    I was recommended the second symphony so I bought the whole cycle by
    Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Neville Marriner

    Listened to second so far but very challenging though enjoyable, and yet to listen to the other ones.
    Judith...I'm curious as to whether you saw my recommendation to you regarding The Essential Dictionary of Music. I posted it a week ago in response to what you had been looking for. Check last post under Music Books---A Quick Reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haydn67 View Post
    Judith...I'm curious as to whether you saw my recommendation to you regarding The Essential Dictionary of Music. I posted it a week ago in response to what you had been looking for. Check last post under Music Books---A Quick Reference.
    Will do. Thank you!

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