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To celebrate the 80th birthday of Claudio Abbado, a brand new Schumann recording with the ensemble he founded, Orchestre Mozart. Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 24 June 2013.
It is also the first time Abbado has recorded a Schumann symphony for Deutsche Grammophon, accompanied on this recording by two overtures - the noble Genoveva and stirring Manfred.
Abbado and the orchestra performed the Schumann symphony at Lucerne's Easter Festival, leading one critic to extol their reading as of “the purest beauty”, while another found it “liberating”.
On this recording, the symphony and the overtures are all vigorously performed with characteristic emotion and expression.