Schumann: The Complete Symphonies

Harmonia Mundi label releases June 3 the latest recording of Pablo Heras-Casado’s  Schumann: The Complete Symphonies, with the Münchner Philharmoniker. This new double CD is part of his ‘Die Neue Romantik’ series, a project that began ten years ago with the collaboration of violinist Isabelle Faust, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, pianist Alexander Melnikov, and the Freiburger Barockorchester to create a fantastic series of albums with works by Romantic composers such as Mendelssohn and Schumann. On this occasion, the maestro takes the lead of the Münchner Philharmoniker to conduct Schumann’s four symphonies and for the first time in the orchestra’s history has recorded all four symphonies by Schumann, considered one of the best representatives of German Romantic music.


Four symphonies were enough for Robert Schumann to leave his mark. Without allowing himself to be overawed by Beethoven’s shadow, he succeeded from the outset in coining a highly personal idiom, with an astonishing combination of formal rigour and freedom of inspiration. Pablo Heras-Casado and the Münchner Philharmoniker offer their interpretation of this corpus, more mysterious than it appears, which tells of its composer’s passionate and tormented soul.


Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 ‘Spring’
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 ‘Rhenish’
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

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Schumann: The Complete Symphonies – Munich Philharmonic, Pablo Heras-Casado (Harmonia Mundi)