Paavo JärviDirigent, german hornsound, Christoph Eß, Sebastian Schorr, Stephan Schottstädt, Timo Steininger
Robert Schumann 1810–1856
Symphony No. 1 B-flat major op. 38 «Spring Symphony»
Concert Piece F major for four Horns and Orchestra op. 86
Symphony No. 3 E-flat major op. 97«Rhenish»
«He was the first composer I truly loved as a teenager»
Paavo Järvi on Robert Schumann
In the white heat of creativity, within just four days in February 1841, Robert Schumann, always wavering between euphoria and depression, sketched his Spring Symphony which was premiered with great success by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Eight years later, Schumann composed his Concert Piece for Four Horns, in those days an unprecedented orchestration! By that time, Schumann had already moved from Leipzig via Dresden to Düsseldorf on the Rhine. The composer was so euphoric that he immediately translated his impressions of his new surroundings into the music of his Symphony No. 3 «Rhenish», full of effervescent melodies.
It is precisely this immediacy that fascinates Paavo Järvi, as well. «One of Schumann’s most attractive qualities is that he immediately reveals who he actually is», Järvi once said in an interview. Together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Järvi recorded all of Schumann’s symphonies on CD. To experience his Schumann interpretations in the concert hall is, thus, a real treat.