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Work: Symphony no. 1 in B flat major “Spring”, Op.38

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ComposerSchumann, Robert (1810-1856)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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BerlinSinfoniekonzert 2: Xian Zhang und Tine Thing Helseth

© Benjamin Ealovega
Ries, Hummel, Schumann
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Xian Zhang; Tine Thing Helseth

BarcelonaMahler Chamber Orchestra & Gatti: Schumann cycle part 1

© Molina Visuals
Schumann
Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Daniele Gatti

SchweinfurtIngo Metzmacher and the Choir of Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

© Anja Frers
Stravinsky, Schumann, Hosokawa
Bamberg Symphony; Ingo Metzmacher; Salome Kammer; Maximilian Schmitt; Kinder des Bamberger Domchors; Tarmo Vaask

BambergIngo Metzmacher and the Choir of Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

© Anja Frers
Stravinsky, Schumann
Bamberg Symphony; Ingo Metzmacher; Salome Kammer; Maximilian Schmitt; Kinder des Bamberger Domchors; Tarmo Vaask

LyonChamayou, Szeps-Znaider, ONL

Schumann, Ravel
Orchestre National de Lyon; Bertrand Chamayou; Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
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Rites of spring – and summer – from the LSO and Kevin John Edusei

Kevin John Edusei © Marco Borggreve
A rare outing for Lili Boulanger's D'un matin de printemps lay at the dewy centre of this spring–summer seasonal programme.  
****1
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A remarkable double debut in Berlin

Francesco Piemontesi and the Berliner Philharmoniker © Stephan Rabold
Lahav Shani and Francesco Piemontesi make their debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker in a pair of works infused with springtime. 
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Stravinsky and Schumann with Dudamel and the Boston Symphony

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall © Hilary Scott
Gustavo Dudamel and the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform Stravinsky and Schumann's rousing musical depictions of spring.
****1
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Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla connects the written word to music

Francesca Dego © Davide Cerati
The Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla in a compelling performance of Mozart's overture to Don Giovanni and Strauss's Don Juan, with soloist Francesca Dego bringing to life Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4 in D major.
***11
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A sweet finale to Gardiner's memorable Schumann cycle

Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Concluding Gardiner's Schumann cycle, it was a memorable concert, with a memorable Spring Symphony and a musical Manfred Overture. The Beethoven first piano concerto proved an unlikely hero.
****1
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