The Dresden Staatskapelle confirms its exalted position as one of the world's premiere orchestras in this superb cycle of symphonies by Robert Schumann. Recorded in Tokyo (undoubtedly part of an Asian tour), each symphony is an
absolute tour de force, with power, elegance, and above all
a golden luster in the recording's sonics. Christian Thielemann is a great interpreter of Schumann, and he
has his great orchestra performing at the top of its game
here. Further superlatives are not really necessary; this
set is a total winner and zooms to the top of the list of the
many fine Schumann cycles available.