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Schumann Symphony No. 4

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
David Zinman

Schumann's symphonies are routinely criticised for their supposedly murky scoring. But you would never guess it from listening to these scintillating performances. The orchestra's fat-free (but never scrawny) strings, pungent woodwind and tangy valveless brass make for wonderfully airy textures, revealing countless felicities that generally go for little. Faintly nasal stopped horns add an intriguing "period" flavour to the Spring Symphony, No 1, while horns and trumpets bray bucolically, yet without a hint of bombast, in the Rhenish No 3. David Zinman combines swift, athletic tempos with lyrically expressive phrasing. You will rarely hear the outer movements of the Spring dance and frolic more ebulliently. He pares away years of traditional performance practice to give sharp, lean accounts of these magnificent symphonies; for anyone who finds the Schumann symphonies over-upholstered, this invigorating set will come as a revelation. “Zinman teaches things about the music that you didn't already know." Gramophone

Facts

Prog. No.
5390
Music genre
Orchestral Music
Length
29 mins
Director
Thomas Grimm
Producers
SF DRS, 3sat, ZDF/ARTE
Production year
2004
Format
SD