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Scot­tish CO/Robin Tic­ciati


Linn Records CKD 450 (2 CDs)

Robin Tic­ciati’s ap­proach to Schu­mann’s four sym­phonies is like that of an ex­pert make-up artist who cher­ishes ev­ery last as­pect of the faces he works on. The high­light­ing of fea­tures is so pro­nounced, so ex­cep­tional, that the ef­fect on a fa­mil­iar face is won­der­ful and yet not al­ways nat­u­ral in de­tail. Schu­mann’s sym­phonies have long suf­fered brick­bats about the thick­ness of their or­ches­tra­tion, and Tic­ciati dis­pels th­ese claims with real fi­nal­ity. Trans­parency is cer­tainly high on his agenda. There’s an abun­dance of af­fec­tion and ge­nial­ity as well, and a will­ing­ness to linger in or­der to en­sure that a mu­si­cal point is made. The sense of new­ness, of dis­cov­ery, is at all times high. And, who knows, maybe the sheer deft­ness of his ap­proach will be­come the new nor­mal. MICHAEL DER­VAN

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