I've just checked my collection. I must admit I really like Scumann's symphonies, even the 1st and 4th.
I've got these recordings:
First symph. : VPO/Bernstein, RCO/ Haitink and CSO /Barenboim (in vinyl record).
2 : VPO/Bernstein, LPO/Masur, Munich PO/Celibidache and CSO/Barenboim (vinyl).
Renish: VPO/Bernstein, LPO /Masur, Munich PO/Celibidache, RCO/Haitink, Munich PO/Celibidache, LAPO/Giulini, and in vinyl: CSO / Barenboim, phil. O/Klemperer and BPO/Kubelik.
4: VPO/Bernstein, RCO/Haitink, BPO/Furtwängler, Munich PO/ Celibidache, and in vinyl BPO/ Kubelik and CSO/Barenboim.
All of them are from bearable to very good.
It seems many participants like Bernstein versions. I can't give my opinion about his first cycle with N York, but his last with wiener P. Is just normal for me, let'slet's say it's not my cup of tea.
Haitink Is very good and with a much slower tempo, which I prefer to savor this music.
Furtwängler 4th is very personal as usual in all his recordings.i love it.
Celibidache Is my favourite one. And Is curious how a supposed lower profile orchestra can have a wonderful sound.
Barenboim was a good cycle too.
I've listened to some other recordings in you tube. Zinman Is interesring. Don't like much Gardiner.
Just a question: I Heard somewhere that new conductors such as Nézét Seguin (with Chamber O.) or Daniel Harding (proms with BBCSO) are somehow experts in Schumann. Do you think so?, Do you like them?
Best wishes to all.