Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. Douglas Bostock, conductor.
New Classical Adventure
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This world premiere recording of the Breitkopf & Härtel "Urtext Edition" of the four Schumann symphonies does away with the reworking and augmenting that conductors such as Mahler did with the original orchestration, which was tailored for smaller sized orchestras.
"Those familiar with these works might well be surprised by how luminous they sound here…. All that spurious retouching has been undone…. If you would like to hear Schumann played with a freshness that suggests Mendelssohn—who influenced Schumann, after all—then [conductor Douglas] Bostock has much to offer…. The slow movements … are played with a beauty and tonal refinement here that sometimes borders on the angelic. The Fourth Symphony's Romanze comes off particularly well. The orchestral details which often are obscured on other recordings emerge with clarity here."—Classical Net