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Monday, December 27, 2010

Music Monday: Deutsche Welle Classical Masterpieces
Schumann's Symphony No 3, the "Rhenish"

Composer Robert SchumannRobert Schumann’s Symphony Nr.3 is one of the most famous orchestral works between those of Beethoven and Brahms. The "Rhenish" contains no trace of the sickness and depression of his final years. Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) fought a life-long battle against depression. Between two periods of crisis – isolation in Dresden and the years of his final illness – Schumann and his wife, Clara, enjoyed some happy years in Düsseldorf. It is thanks to this intermezzo that he was able to compose some of the great works of Romanticism, including his "Rhenish Symphony", which he wrote in only four weeks. Its five movements radiate joy and cheerfulness. Originally Broadcast in August 2006 on Deutsche Welle Radio.

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Source: Deutsche Welle Classical Masterpieces
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Wikipedia: Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” in E flat major, Op. 97

The Performers

Conductor: Kent Nagano [website] [Wikipedia]

Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin

The Composer

Robert Schumann [Wikipedia] [Complete list of Works] [Essentials of Music]


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