Performance Sunday, October 5, 2014 | 8 PM

Berliner Philharmoniker

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony bubbles with high spirits, from its opening trumpet call heralding spring’s awakening to its rollicking finale. Schumann’s Second Symphony, conceived when the composer’s mental and physical health was failing, was inspired by Bach’s Musical Offering and Schubert’s “Great” C-Major Symphony. The outer movements are heroic, while the second-movement Scherzo is at once fiendishly virtuosic and deliciously bucolic. The third movement—an impassioned, melancholy Adagio with a sweeping melody—is one of Schumann’s most inspired creations.


  • Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor


  • Symphony No. 1, "Spring"
  • Symphony No. 2


Schumann's Symphony No. 1 "Spring" (Scherzo)
Berliner Philharmoniker | Herbert von Karajan, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

The Carnegie Hall presentations of the Berliner Philharmoniker are made possible by a leadership gift from Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.
This performance is part of International Festival of Orchestras II, and Great Symphonies.

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