The Berliner Philharmoniker
launch a new in-house label, Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings, to release selected future concert programmes, marking the first time the orchestra will be responsible for the technical and editorial presentation of its own recordings. The first recording on the new label is one of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s most important musical projects in recent years: Robert Schumann’s complete symphonies conducted by chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle
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Schumann’s four symphonies have always been part of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s core repertoire, and a 1953 Wilhelm Furtwängler recording, in particular, has long been held in the highest regard. The cycle of four symphonies presented now has accompanied the Berliner Philharmoniker through the whole of 2013 – in Berlin and on tour in Europe and Asia. The performances were called a “defining moment” by Tagesspiegel, while the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praised the orchestra’s “truly sensational quality”. A special feature of this recording is the performance of the early version of the Fourth Symphony from 1841, which appealed to Simon Rattle for its extra “lightness, grace and beauty,” compared to the established later version.
says about this first release on Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings: “The Schumann Symphonies have never been considered one of the sure-fire big sellers of all music, but for us Berliner Philharmoniker, this music is closer to our hearts than almost any other. So we think it is wonderful to launch our new label with Schumann. We believe that these recordings are something special, and that we have a very distinct point of view on these wonderful pieces. So we said, let’s share our interpretations with others. And hopefully this is really the start of a new wave of orchestra produced recordings”.