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Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, December 2013

SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / SCHUMANN AT PIER2 (Documentary) (German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Jarvi) (NTSC) 711908
SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / SCHUMANN AT PIER2 (Documentary) (German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Jarvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 712004

Past the goonish narrator and some clunky set‑pieces, this film of Schumann’s symphonies feels true to both man and music, with hungry, questing performances (enriched by documentary contributions from the players themselves) that dispel the Beethovenian shadows felt by Brahms and take us deep into this wild and unkempt contribution to the symphonic canon, and its inheritance – from song and Bach. © Gramophone

Steven Kruger
Fanfare, November 2013

I was simply floored by the perception and musicianship of the camera work, far more interesting than the abstractions Karajan used to come up with for his Unitel DVDs.

…these are stunning renditions, full of life and a sense of bigness. Järvi manages to avoid the most grating of the HIP instrumental clichés and lets the music soar. © 2013 Fanfare

Steven Kruger
Fanfare, May 2013

…Järvi…delivers…big and strong readings—manic on timpani where necessary—and neurotic as hell on string figurations! This is powerful, Harnoncourt-like Schumann, though more interesting, I find, and slightly bigger-sounding than Zinman’s Tonhalle cycle. I am particularly happy that the first movement development climax of the “Spring” really has the timpanist giving his all. And elsewhere, the bold brasses and sharp drum hits keep the entire set doldrum-free. The sound is so real at such moments, combined with the innovative camerawork, that you begin to realize we may have taken yet another step in the wonderfully unreal journey into realism-at-one-remove.

The set is accompanied by a DVD about the symphonies. It is very much worth watching.

My biggest pleasure in reviewing this DVD set is simply to say there is not one phony moment in it. These DVDs represent what “music appreciation” ought to be. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Ian Lace
MusicWeb International, April 2013

Suffice to say that under Järvi, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen is fresh-sounding and spontaneous—full of emotional insight, dramatic tension and excitement.

Certainly this is not only for music-lovers wanting a fine set of these four glorious symphonies but also for those new to classical music and wanting to know more about the genre. The message is conveyed in a no-nonsense, straightforward manner. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Rob Cowan
Gramophone, March 2013

SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / SCHUMANN AT PIER2 (Documentary) (German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Jarvi) (NTSC) 711908
SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / SCHUMANN AT PIER2 (Documentary) (German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Jarvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 712004

This is the sort of set that makes me grateful that classical recordings are still being made. As a refresher course in Schumann symphonies, you won’t find anything better: the overall transparency of each performance, the tautness, interpretative ‘edge’ (sometimes bordering on danger), warmth and determination to exploit to the full the many contrasts that keep each score so endlessly stimulating, all these virtues and more serve to focus the music in a unique way.

…I can’t imagine any sensitive music lover failing to respond to this artistically exceptional, beautifully filmed and expertly engineered set. It certainly gave me a great deal of pleasure. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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