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      May 4, 2014

      Schumann: Symphony No 3 in E-flat major, Op 97, Rhenish (31:19)

      Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Yannick Nézet-Séguin

      This set is Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s first recording of a complete symphony cycle. Captured live at acclaimed concerts in Paris, he conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Nézet-Séguin says, “Of all the major symphonies, I’d say that Schumann’s are best performed by a slightly smaller ensemble…with a lean string section – not only in size, but also in its quality of playing – the music just works. He’s one of those composers whose personality is completely expressed in their music…those fluctuations between the melancholy and something very inward-looking are combined with a very manic kind of energy that wants to conquer the world. That’s what is so special about Schumann.”

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