Symphony No. 1 in B flat & Symphony No. 2 in C (2008)

Schumann

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Lawrence Foster

Symphonic Problem Solving
Beethoven, Beethoven, always Beethoven. There was just no way past him. The ninth and final symphony of the Viennese master doomed every composer who attempted to compose a work belonging to this genre. The height of the bar that Beethoven raised with his “Ode to Joy” was simply too high. What could come next after the daring integration of the human voice with the “pure” musical world of the symphony? It was to last a quarter of a century, filled with half hearted, provincial and diminutive attempts lacking in perspective, before Niels Gade, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann could inject new blood into the symphony.

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Lawrence Foster

Since 2013 Lawrence Foster has held the position of Music Director of l'Opéra de Marseille and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, with which he toured in the summer of 2014 and conducted at the Kissinger Sommer and in China. This season sees, among others, opera productions of The Flying Dutchman and Falstaff.
Highlights of the 2014/15 season include engagements as guest conductor with l’Orchestre National de Lyon, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Beijing Music Festival and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Lawrence Foster will also be returning to the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. In the summer of 2014 he conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Ute Lemper, at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich at the Grafenegg Festival

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Symphony No. 1 in B flat & Symphony No. 2 in C (2008)

Schumann

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

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A natural rapport seems to have emerged between the veteran guest conductor and the orchestra yielding two exhilarating and affectionate interpretations. Both are free from unwelcome interpretive gestures that on repeated listening could become irritating, but neither lack character nor at any point sound routine. It should be stated right at the outset that these are performances in the mainstream tradition making them a refreshing alternative to those recorded by chamber orchestras and period groups. Foster does, however, seat his orchestra with basses rear left and violins to his left and right thus bringing into sharp relief the antiphonal exchanges in, for example, the Finale of the 1st Symphony and the Scherzo of the 2nd. Furthermore, 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. Polyhymnia engineers throughout have managed to capture a sound that is warm and smooth. The benefits of the generous acoustic are immediately apparent in the glowing reproduction of the eloquent string playing in the glorious slow movement that follows. 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. Strongly recommended.

Graham Williams[read full review]

Symphony No. 1 in B flat & Symphony No. 2 in C (2008)

Schumann

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Cables: van den Hul
Digital Converters: Meitner
Mastering Equipment: B&W Nautilus
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen
Recording location: Dvorak hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No. 1 - Andante un poco maestoso-Allegro molto vivace
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Symphony No. 1 - Larghetto
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Symphony No. 1 - Scherzo (Molto vivace)
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Symphony No. 1 - Allegro animato e grazioso
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Symphony No. 2 - Sostenuto assai - allegro ma non troppo
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Symphony No. 2 - Scherzo (allegro vivace)
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Symphony No. 2 - Adagio espressivo
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Symphony No. 2 - Allegro molto vivace
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