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Discussion: Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 - Dausgaard

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Post by terence February 23, 2007 (21 of 24)
i agree - some of the ideas in version 1 strike me as somewhat abrupt, inchoate and half-baked. i do prefer the more epic scale and higher levels of cumulative excitement in the revision. i look forward to dausgaard's recording of it.

Post by Peter February 24, 2007 (22 of 24)
I have listened to this several times now, and find the performances lively and extremely well played.

The recording doesn't sound backwardly balanced nor too reverberant to me, and I certainly don't hear any tendency to overloading in the climaxes whatsoever. This is an example of very good Bis house sound.

Post by Ken_P February 25, 2007 (23 of 24)
terence said:

i agree - some of the ideas in version 1 strike me as somewhat abrupt, inchoate and half-baked. i do prefer the more epic scale and higher levels of cumulative excitement in the revision. i look forward to dausgaard's recording of it.

Epic scale and higher excitement aren't going to be served by a chamber orchestra, anyway. It's a much different experience. Personally, I much prefer it because I love being able to hear all the inner details and have the balance come out correctly. Now, I'm probably biased towards the original version because that's the one I first became familiar with when I played it in college. To me the revision adds a lot of unnecessary weight. This version may be harder to play convincingly, but it's well worth it.

Post by terence February 26, 2007 (24 of 24)
Ken_P said:

To me the revision adds a lot of unnecessary weight.

it also contains a LOT of totally different music. it's not just a question of weight of scoring, which in some ways is a separate issue.

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