Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Question of the Day

For those of you who are kind enough to read this blog, here's the survey question of the day:




What is your favorite recording of the Schumann symphonies?

Please respond by replying to this post!

4 comments:

  1. Not Szell doing 2. My favorite will be my first EMI or Columbia I run into.

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  2. I've got all the Szells on Columbia SAX -- these are landmark recordings. The SAX with Sym 1 and 4 has YAX stampers and not Epic BC stampers, so I'm pretty sure it was remastered or repressed by EMI. The 2 CD remaster on Sony has excellent sound. Here are my other favorite cycles:

    James Levine with the Philadelphia Orchestra -- RCA
    Daniel Barenboim with the Berlin Staatskapelle -- Teldec/Warner

    I have not yet heard the Wolfgang Sawallisch recording with the Dresden Staatskapelle, but that one is also considered a reference recording.

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  3. My favorite recording of individual Schumann symphony:

    Schumann Symphony No 1, New Philharmonia, Klemperer, Columbia SAX 5269,(Semicircle)
    Schumann Symphony No. 2 - VPO, Sinopoli DG 410863-1
    Schumann Symphony No.3, LAPO, GIULINI DG 2532040
    Schumann Symphony No.4 BPO, Furtwangler DG, LPE 17 170 (10 inches Tulip)

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  4. Thank you for your input! I'm pleasantly surprised to see you list Klemperer's recording. That's not one of the "usual" responses, but I like it. I've not heard the Sinopoli 2nd but have heard Giulini's 3rd. That Furtwangler must be pretty rare, yes?

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