Schumann, Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"

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Kent Nagano is one of the most successful and high-profile conductors of
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Although symphonies with five movements such as Schumann's "Rhenish
Symphony" are more common than those with three, any deviation from the
conventional four-movement structure was considered unusual in Schumann's
day. Beethoven's Pastorale and Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique had
to some extent paved the way for the "Rhenish". Gustav Mahler was later to
burst the traditional symphonic structure once and for all. The source of
Schumann's inspiration for the solemn, chorale-like fourth movement was a
visit to the Cologne Cathedral, where Schumann attended the installation of
Archbishop Geissel as Cardinal. The ceremony seems to have made a deep
impression on the composer, who had taken up the post of municipal director
of music in Düsseldorf in 1850. The characteristic Rhenish zest for life
also permeates the musical texture of the Third Symphony. In Schumann's own
lifetime, it was by far the most successful of his four symphonies. The
composer himself conducted the first performance in 1851.

Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Schumann, Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Video Director: Oliver Becker, Ellen Fellmann
Genre: Concert
Length: 36 minutes
Cat.No.: A055119320005
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