Das Paradies und die Peri, Op. 50
Kate Royal (Soprano), Sally Matthews (Soprano), Andrew Staples (Tenor), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Florian Boesch (Baritone), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo-Soprano)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Schumann himself regarded it as one of his best works and among connoisseurs it has always enjoyed the reputation of an unrecognized masterpiece, which suffers only from a somewhat kitschy, no longer contemporary text. With Sir Simon Rattle the work finds a vehement advocate who makes the undeniable beauties of the score comprehensible. Rattle gives here something like a small foretaste of his work with the LSO, to which he will become chief conductor in 2017 will preside over. Audiophile music lovers will love the included Pure Audio Blu-ray.