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Schumann: Symphonies 2 & 4 CD (Antonio Pappano)

This second release on the ICA Classics label sees Pappano conducting two of Schumann’s most popular symphonies: the somewhat traditional and formal Symphony No.2 and his Symphony No.4, by far the most innovative (with its integrated four movements) and influential of Schumann’s works. Pappano’s conducting of the composer has been previously praised as “wonderfully mercurial and precise, passionate yet unsentimental” (The Guardian); with these recordings, Pappano confirms his mastery and understanding of these elusive symphonies. Throughout the piece we can hear his customary energy, while still bringing out the beauty of the orchestra’s strings and poignancy of the woodwinds. Creating an electric atmosphere coupled with attention to details – these are the hallmarks of one of today’s most sought-after conductors.

Composer:Robert Schumann
1-4: Symphonies No.2 in C major op.61
5-8: Symphonies No.4 in D minor op.120 
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Running Time: 69:21 mins
Recorded live in the Auditorium Parco della Musica 2010/12
Antonio Pappano appears courtesy of Erato/Warner Classics

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