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Robert Schumann

Aled Jones focuses on the choral works of Robert Schumann and talks to two admirers of his music - conductor Simon Halsey, and singer and song specialist Norbert Meyn.

In a special programme as part of Radio 3's Schumann 200 season, Aled Jones is joined by Simon Halsey, conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir, and singer and song specialist Norbert Meyn. Schumann, the arch Romantic, went the way of the choral scene relatively late in his life. In Dresden and Dusseldorf he conducted male-voice and mixed choirs and composed sprightly works for them to perform in the concert hall, even out of doors beneath the stars! Served up with these are some glorious moments from Schumann's oratorio style works for choir and orchestra, including 'Paradise and the Peri'; 'Scenes from Goethe's Faust' and his Requiem.

The programme includes a specially recorded performance of Schumann's Four Songs for mixed chorus Op. 59 performed by the BBC Singers, and conducted by Stephen Cleobury.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

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    Drei Gedichte von Emanuel Geibel Op.29 – Zigeunerleben 'Gypsy Life' (1840)

    Performers: Karlsruhe Vocal Ensemble + tambourine and triangle, Bernd Engelbrecht (conductor)

    • BRILLIANT 92148.
    • 1.
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    Paradise and the Peri Op.50 – Doch seine Ströme – But Crimson now her rivers ran

    Performers: Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantiques with Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    • ARCHIV 457 6602.
    • 8.
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    F?nf Gesänge Op.137 (text by Heinrich Laube) (1849)

    Performers: Studio Vocale Karlsruhe, Werner Pfaff (conductor), Renner Ensemble

    • BRILLIANT 92148.
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    Scenes from Goethe's Faust – Final Chorus Mysticus (excerpt)

    Performers: Netherlands Radio Choir, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

    • RCO LIVE 09001.
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    Das Schifflein (The little boat) Romance and Ballads Op.146

    Performers: Studio Vocale Karlsruhe, Werner Plaff (conductor)

    • BRILLIANT 92148.
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    Four Songs for Mixed Chorus Op.59 - No 1: Nord oder Sud, No 2: Am Bodensee, No 3: Jagerlie

    Performers: BBC Singers, Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

    • BBC Recording.
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    Requiem in D flat, op. 148 (1852)

    Performers: Sibylla Rubens (soprano), Ulrike Schneider (mezzo-soprano), Christian Elsner (tenor), Franz-Josef Selig (bass), Leipzig MDR Radio Chorus, Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra, Jun Märkl (conductor)

    • EBU Recording.

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