This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Notes and Editorial Reviews
[T]hese are excellent performances, among the best available in fact. Their principal qualities include the superb playing of the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti's lively way with the music of each symphony. First movements really move: the "Spring" Symphony bursts with vigor... The slow [introduction] to the...Fourth [symphony] relate logically to the gripping ensuing allegros. Schumann's charmingly lyrical slow movements never drag, and once again the finales impress by their rhythmic acuity and consistent level of tension.
In short, Muti knows his way around these pieces (as well he should: he recorded them for EMI with the Philharmonia, versions that weren't bad but have nothing like the technical luster,
energy, and excellent recorded sound of these remakes). You won't find the sort of daredevil contrasts that Bernstein brings to the music with this same orchestra. These are performances closer to Sawallisch's: solid but never slack, intensely argued, and played with real affection. They also make a fine case for the beauty and accuracy of Schumann's original orchestrations. If you love Schumann's symphonies and have a chance to get this set, you should.
--David Hurwitz [reviewing the set of complete Schumann symphonies,
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1851; Germany
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