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The Four Symphonies
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded 1993 & 1995
CD No: NEWTON CLASSICS 8802081 (2 CDs) Duration: 2 hours 17 minutes Reviewed: October 2011
Riccardo Muti conducts Schumann’s Four Symphonies
...a sixty-word review by Colin Anderson
Robert Schumann’s four wonderful symphonies (the Fourth played in the composer’s revision) have long been staples of the gramophone, if not – sadly – the concert hall. Riccardo Muti’s second traversal finds the Vienna Philharmonic lissom and blossoming, responding generously to Muti’s picturesque and glowing detailing, at-one with Schumann’s delicious descriptions and private passions. The sound is ideally warm, clear and natural.