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