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Schumann

Duration:
35 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 28 September 2012

Live from The Sage Gateshead

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

Thomas Zehetmair conducts the Northern Sinfonia in their Romantic Symphony series at The Sage Gateshead with the two first forays into symphonic writing by Schumann and Brahms.

When Robert Schumann encountered a young Johannes Brahms, one of the most fascinating, explosive and fruitful friendships in musical history began. Brahms revived Schumann's flagging spirit; Schumann nurtured Brahms's emerging skills. 'He'll become a great symphonist,' said Schumann of his young follower, and he was right.

When Brahms's symphonic journey eventually launched, it did so like an arrow-shot in slow-motion, his first symphony steamrolling towards a truly angelic Andante and a cheering, striding finale.

Schumann: Symphony No.1 in B flat, Op.38 "Spring"

Northern Sinfonia
Thomas Zehetmair conductor.

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