GEORG SCHUMANN (1866-1952): Symphony in F Minor, Op. 42, Ouvertüre zu einem Drama, Op. 45, Ouvertüre “Lebensfreude”, Op. 54.
Catalogue Number: 11T001
Reference: 555 110-2
Description: This 49-minute work of 1905 is everything collectors of late Romantic symphonies could want: simmering with energy, virile in aspect, generous in its emotional sweep and not stinting in the number of climactic peaks it climbs and surmounts in thrilling, brass-enhanced releases. The style is post-Brahms but pre-Schoenberg; tonality is extended but no farther than Mahler (echoes of whom, along with Bruckner, we hear especially in the slow movement). The op. 45 concert overture from the following year is less protean but from the same stable while the 1911 “Joy of Life” is different, chanelling Richard Strauss in its rollicking exuberance. These two overtures add another 30 minutes, making for a well-filled disc of just under 79 minutes. Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; James Feddeck.