Nachtlied for chorus & orchestra, Op. 108
Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, Op. 52
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 ‘Spring’
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
“I am often thankful to the good spirit that lets me get such a great work so easily in such a short time” wrote Robert Schumann in February 1841 in the marriage diary, which he kept together with his wife for half a year, since his marriage with Clara. The “great work” is his first symphony, which he put down on paper at breakneck speed and in a state of euphoria. Another result of the creative frenzy of 1841 is “Overture, Scherzo and Finale”, a kind of symphony without slow movement, with a grace and elegance that is unusual by German Romantic standards. Between the two expressions of symphonic optimism stands Schumann’s treatment of one of the most important topoi of Romanticism, the “Nacht”, whose “heart-stricken” as well as consoling aspects he impressively describes in Friedrich Hebbel’s “Nachtlied” verses.