Performance / Sound
'The Adagio of Symphony No. 2 is beautifully done, with a coda that really tugs at the heartstrings...the interpretations...will reward repeated hearing.'
BBC Music Magazine ‘...the finest set on disc [in] a decade...and 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.' The Guardian ‘Ticciati's account of Schumann's Fourth highlighted rare gems of orchestral colour.’ The Guardian 'Ticciati's conducting is warm and vivid, and his textures translucent...' BBC Music Magazine ‘One of the striking facets of Ticciati’s conducting and the SCO’s playing is the clarity and detail that spring from the score.’ Gramophone • ‘Schumann: The Symphonies’ sees Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra embark upon their first symphonic cycle together in a programme that they performed in concerts across Scotland. • This is music that is very close to Robin Ticciati’s heart; he describes Schumann as one of his favourite composers and has often spoken about how important poetry, colour and story are to Schumann’s music. • Symphony No. 1 'Spring', blazes and sparkles with joy, Symphony No. 2 finds its way carefully through to the safe haven of its final movement, the much-loved Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish’ moves with huge ease and assurance to a resonant and joyful conclusion. • Symphony No. 4 is radical in the way each movement attacks the start of the next movement with barely a pause, and in its minute-and-a-half-long, shimmering and horn-call-filled transition to the finale. Under Ticciati and the SCO it is magnificent, the radical, soaring, disturbing and exhilarating symphony Schumann intended. • The SCO’s smaller forces bring a lightness of touch and a clarity to the counterpoint; under Ticciati they achieve a sense of movement that no previous recording has. • Robin Ticciati’s recordings have received many accolades: Critics' Choice 'Sound of 2012' (The Independent), 'Classical CD of the Week' (Sunday Times), 'Disc of the Week' (BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'), No. 3 in The Sunday Times’ Best Classical Albums of 2012 list and ‘Recording of the Month’ (Gramophone). • Robin Ticciati is in his fifth season as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He began his tenure as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera in May 2014. • Gramophone named Robin one of the top ten young ‘conductors on the verge of greatness’ and one of 'Tomorrow's Icons' by Gramophone. • 2014 is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s fortieth anniversary year and ‘Schumann: The Symphonies’ its twenty second recording with Linn.