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Prom 40: 'Ticciati is about to start his ninth and final season with the SCO and the rapport is evident in the freedom, a cultivated kind of spontaneity, that he achieves with the group.'
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The Independent
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Prom 40: '...glinting gold with sunlit horns, now a bubbling rush of strings.'
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Prom 40: '...this was bracing Schumann, and a real tonic at that.'
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Financial Times
Prom 40: 'Everything about the symphony was pleasingly gemütlich.'
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Bay Area Reporter
2015's best in classical recordings: 'Simply the best I've heard.'
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«On apprécie d'autant plus Ia finesse et Ia musicalité de certains pupitres (clarinette, hautbois) qui donnent véritablement un supplément d'âme à leur lecture et n'enferment pas Ia musique dans des éclairages monochromes ou bien, à l'inverse, dans une démonstration purement virtuose.»
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'Robin makes a clear case for how the revised version can retain the radical edge of the 1841 version. Still it sounds like a fireball and I take my hat off to him.'
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Top Recommendation: 'I'd opt for Ticciati, whose exhilarating Rhenish has all the makings of a modern classic.'
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'Linn has given their all to Ticciati, and it sounds splendid.'
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#9 ‘Classical Record of the Year’: ‘In a competitive year, Ticciati’s lithe, youthful accounts of the great works produced the trump card.’
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Early Music Review
'The SCO - for decades now pioneers in modern instrument HIP - are big enough to create the presence required for such music, but also with an eye on the subtleties of the composer's orchestration.'
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Fono Forum
5 Stars
,,Ticciati zeigt sich als Meister des fein akzentuierten Rhythmus und der subtilen Klangwirkungen, fördert interessante Nebenstimmen zutage, die man noch nie gehört zu haben meint, und differenziert herzerfrischend auf der artikulatorischen Ebene - freilich im Rahmen dessen, was die Partitur erlaubt. Brillant gespielt sind die vier Werke hier ohnehin.''
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Fanfare
'...one of the best-sounding Schumann cycles in years. No detail of these meticulously prepared, superbly executed performances escapes the attention of the Linn engineers...'
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The Arts Desk
'The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's playing is magnificent, and Linn's recorded sound is impeccable.'
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'Robin Ticciati with the finely responsive Scottish Chamber Orchestra has more romantic instincts.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
'Orchestral Choice': 'The Adagio of Symphony No. 2 is beautifully done, with a coda that really tugs at the heartstrings...the interpretations...will reward repeated hearing.'
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Sinfini Music
4 Stars
'Altogether an attractive, classily played collection.'
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Big Issue
'Ticciati finds wondrous detail in every bar of these scores, but the dynamism and spark that he and this orchestra create makes sure they never lose track of the overall picture. The SCO's playing is stylish, generous and brimming with life.'
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Classical CD Choice
'…these superb accounts from Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra certainly place them amongst the finest available thanks both to Ticciati’s vital conducting and the brilliantly immediate recorded sound. Altogether an impressive release.'
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The Sunday Times
Classical CD of the Week: 'Ticciati adopts near-ideal tempi, refusing to drag in the slow movements...and he is propulsive in Schumann's energetic, animated allegros.'
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Irish Times
4 Stars
'The sense of newness, of discovery, is at all times high.'
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Pizzicato
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'...everything seems to be about motion in these particularly fine Schumann performances...'
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New York Times
'eminently respectable'
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International Record Review
'…the playing on these discs is a constant delight… Of very recent Schumann sets, Ticciati’s is the one I enjoyed the most…'
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MusicWeb International
'Recording of the Month': 'This new set from Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra elbows those two aside and takes its place towards the very top of the list of recommendations for these works, in this year or in any other.'
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Herald Scotland
'…Robin Ticciati's new recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra of Schumann's four symphonies hits the mark… The lightness and buoyancy that are so much a feature of these masterpieces can be heard right across the stunning, super-articulate SCO performances…'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'These are balanced, organic performances of great beauty. Unmissable!'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'a compelling set'
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The Times
4 Stars
'...performances that make you experience the symphonies' wonders afresh.'
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InfoDad.com
'Here [No. 4], though, Ticciati benefits enormously from the smaller size of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, managing to convey an impression of transparency along with solidity - and pacing the music with more care and attentiveness...The result is a very fine reading...'
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Classical Ear
'...Ticciati's expertly played excursions away from the norm [are] refreshing.'
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The Guardian
5 Stars
'...perhaps the most impressive thing that Ticciati has done on disc so far...hearing these symphonies in such superbly played, convincingly Schumannesque performances is irresistible.'
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Classical Source
'Robin Ticciati joins the distinguished list of today's conductors treating Schumann's Symphonies with the respect they deserve. At times he includes a few personal notions but each of them throws light on the passage in question.'
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Gramophone
'This is an extremely likeable and beautifully recorded traversal, worthy of standing alongside any of its recent competitors.'
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MusicWeb International
'Ticciati gives ajoyous an account of the Spring symphony...The finale on Linn, aided by some hearty thwacks with wooden drum-sticks, brings the house down.'
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Herald Scotland
'...revelatory survey of Schumann's four symphonies...'
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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Schumann: The Symphonies - SA-CD.net


15 September 2014
SA-CD.net
Castor
5 Stars

Judging by the number of recorded cycles of Schumann Symphonies that have appeared in the last year or so from conductors as diverse as Simon Rattle, Parvo Järvi, Thomas Dausgaard et al., it would appear that record companies believe that the public has an insatiable appetite for new versions of these works on disc. Nevertheless, whilst the market may be reaching saturation point, there is always room to accommodate a set as brilliantly performed and recorded as this latest one from the charismatic Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Having been greatly impressed with Ticciati's performances of Berlioz, Brahms and Bruckner both in the concert hall and on disc I was keen to see how he tackled the music of one his favourite composers about which he colourfully writes " Struggle, love, suicide, drinking, prostitutes, fragrance, flowers, poetry ecstasy, passion...for me the Schumann symphonies have everything in them that define Romanticism". Suffice it to say I was not disappointed.

On this two-disc SACD set from Linn, the symphonies are presented in numerical order - two per disc and in the case of Symphony No.4, the conductor has opted for the familiar revised 1851 version. Though played on modern instruments these are historically aware performances in both style and scale - lean sounding strings played with little vibrato, antiphonal seating of the violins, vivid timpani played with hard sticks, clear woodwind and cutting trumpets and trombones. In these respects they emulate the indispensable 1997 CD set of Schumann's orchestral works from John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, here at a complement of 54 musicians, play magnificently throughout with no lack of body or fullness of tone and respond wholeheartedly to the panache of Ticciati's exhilarating conducting. Ticciati's tempi seem especially well chosen in all four Symphonies - fleet, but never rushed, and fractionally slower than some of the competition. His judicious speeds combined with the crisp articulation from the players of the SCO mean that movements such as the 'Scherzo' of the 2nd Symphony (marked 'Allegro vivace') never turn into the mad scramble found on some other versions of this work. Elsewhere Ticciati is cognisant of the music's grandeur and power. An example of this being the spine-tingling manner with which he gradually builds the tension in the transition passage from the 'Scherzo' to the 'Finale' of the 4th Symphony before its satisfying catharsis.

The recordings were made in the Concert Hall, Perth, Scotland (25, 26 & 30 November and 1-3 December 2013). This venue's acoustic possesses just the right amount of reverberation to impart both clarity and warmth to the sound and Philip Hobbs' production and engineering could hardly be bettered.

In short, these superb accounts from Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra certainly place them amongst the finest available thanks both to Ticciati's vital conducting and the brilliantly immediate recorded sound. Altogether an impressive release.


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