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    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.

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    For me:

    Sym #1 "Spring" - Barenboim/CSO....really excellent, very excting last mvt esp...

    Sym #2 in C - Reiner/CSO, my favorite Schumann Symphony performance, from live concert 10/57...this one just grows in drama and intensity as it progresses...I must add, tho - best mvt II Scherzo goes to Barenboim/CSO - the CSO strings just sizzle on this, really clean, crackling with excitement

    Sym #3 "Rhenish" - Bernstein/NYPO really fine all the way thru - the Big NYPO horns sound great...Barenboim/CSO is really excellent, too

    Sym #4 in d - Bernstein/NYPO, along with #3, highlight of his set. Levine/PhilaO is excellent also, Barenboim/CSO is fine as well - the wonderful transition going into last mvt is unmatched....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    My favorite remains the Spring Symphony, although I've recently been enjoying the fourth as well. The second and third are okay.
    The "Spring" takes the prize for me too.

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    at the risk of being at odds with everyone I can only state that the 2nd is one of my favourite symphonies full stop (I am now starting to think I have already posted this observation)...only problem is trying to avoid buying any more interpretations...........
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    I Heard somewhere that new conductors such as Nézét Seguin (with Chamber O.)
    Look at those reviews :
    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/DG/4792437
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    thanks Pugg.
    It's probably true that:
    “Of all the major symphonies, I’d say that Schumann’s are best performed by a slightly smaller ensemble… With a lean string section – not only in size, but also in its quality of playing – the music just works.”

    In youtube one can find a short video devoted to every symphony by Nézet Séguin.

    If anyone has listened to these interpretations please write.

    Thanks

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    For a number of years I understood that there were classical music lovers who were not really fans of Schumann's symphonies.
    I never shared that view and very much like a 4 of the symphonies.
    I have complete sets of the 4 symphonies by:
    Sawallisch / Staatskapelle Dresden
    Szell / The Cleveland Orchestra
    Foster / Czech Philharmonic
    Ceccato / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

    Also have a few individual symphony recordings. No.4 by Klemperer and No.4 by Furtwangler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    at the risk of being at odds with everyone I can only state that the 2nd is one of my favourite symphonies full stop (I am now starting to think I have already posted this observation)...only problem is trying to avoid buying any more interpretations...........
    My favorite as well, with the 3rd not so far behind. Not as interested in the early ones, that is 1 and 4.
    … The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity. William Butler Yeats

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