Conducted by Paavo Järvi, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) plays Robert Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, Opus 52, work for symphony orchestra. Recorded live at Alte Oper Frankfurt on March 6, 2015.

Schumann – Overture, Scherzo, and Finale (hr-Sinfonieorchester, Paavo Järvi)

Schumann wrote this work in 1841 and considered it as his second symphony. It is published in 1846 by Kistner, a music publishing company based in Leipzig, and dedicated to the Dutch violinist and conductor Johannes Joseph Hermann Verhulst (March 19, 1816 in The Hague – January 17, 1891 in Bloemendaal).

The work is in three movements:

  1. An overture (Andante con moto in E minor – Allegro in E major and 2:2 time) (sketched and completed in April 1841)
  2. A scherzo (Tempo: Vivo), in 6:8 time and in C♯ minor, whose theme is based on that of the overture. It has a trio section in D-flat major, in contrasting 2:4 time whose material reappears as the coda of the movement.
  3. Finale (Allegro molto vivace) (orchestrated around May 1841)


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