Schumann, Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"

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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 "Rhenish"
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Video Director: Oliver Becker, Ellen Fellmann
Genre: Special
Length: 52 minutes
Cat.No.: A055119410005
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