Robert Schumann (1810-56), as well as being a brilliant composer, also did most of his composing during frenetic bursts of activity. In 1840, for instance, he composed no less than 114 Lieders, while in 1841 - turning to the Symphonic field for the first time - he composed and orchestrated Symphony No.1 "Spring", in the incredibly short time of 29 days.
This was followed, in the same year, by "Overture, Scherzo and Finale" , then a Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra, then came a Symphony in D minor (2nd in order of composition, but not the official Symphony No.2 played on this recording), which eventually became Symphony No.4, when revised much later in 1851.
In December 1845, he finally drafted this work, Symphony No.2 in C major - which is sometimes referred to as the "Symphony of Destiny" - and orchestrated it between February and October the following year, 1846.
Why so long a period of orchestration ? Schumann had acquired an aural nerve trouble, namely a continual singing in the ears, and this was to afflict him, on and off, for the rest of his life, even though he still had several prolific years ahead of him...
Side One : Symphony No.2 in C major, Op.61 :-
1) Sostenuto assai , Allegro ma non troppo 2) Scherzo : Allegro vivace
Side Two : Symphony No.2 continued... :-
1) Adagio expressivo 2) Allegro molto vivace
Side Two, track 3) 'Hermann & Dorothea' Overture
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