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Schumann Symphonies Nos. 1-4

San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

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Symphony No. 1 in B flat Major, Op. 38 Spring  
1
I. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
12:36
2
II. Larghetto
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
6:20
3
III. Scherzo
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
6:09
4
IV. Allegro animato e grazioso
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
9:02
Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61  
5
I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
13:06
6
II. Scherzo
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
7:20
7
III. Adagio espressivo
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
10:23
8
IV. Allegro molto vivace
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
9:21
Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 97, Rhenish  
9
I. Lebhaft
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
10:27
10
II. Scherzo
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
7:05
11
III. Nicht schnell
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
6:18
12
IV. Feierlich
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
6:35
13
V. Lebhaft
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
6:41
Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120  
14
I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
11:26
15
II. Romanze
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
4:18
16
III. Scherzo
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
5:11
17
IV. Langsam - Lebhaft
Robert Schumann; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
9:55
Total Playing Time    2:22:13
Grammy Award nomination – Best Orchestral Performance, 2018 – Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)

"Tilson Thomas seems happiest in the slow movements, where he encourages the San Franciscans to fill his generous paragraphs with their sumptuous tone. The playing throughout is one of the joys of this set, with characterful woodwind soloists (featuring especially perky clarinets) aided by a recording of remarkable clarity. Again and again the ear is caught by a detail – an inner string motif or a little wind commentary – that is so often swamped. This clarity, though, once more gives the lie to the received wisdom that Schumann was an orchestral amateur and reveals not only his personal appreciation of sonority but also his command of symphonic architecture."
- Gramophone

The Grammy Award-winning team of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony releases a premium edition recording of the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann, one of the most evocative composers of the Romantic era. Michael Tilson Thomas’ nuanced approach accentuates the tender, simple, and vulnerable side of Schumann’s symphonies, which MTT calls a “preserve for endangered emotions.”

Recorded live, these performances were hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “taut, keenly shaped and marked by a richly dramatic sensibility.”

Produced by the Symphony’s in-house record label SFS Media in the highest quality audio.
192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – San Francisco Symphony Studio Masters

Recorded November 2015 and March, April & May 2016 in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

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