The April issue of BBC Music Magazine gave the following recommendations for recordings of the "Spring" Symphony:
CHOICE - Gardiner/ORR (DG Archiv)
GREAT - Dausgaard/Swedish Chamber Orchestra (BIS)
. Kubelik/BPO (DG Originals)
. Kertesz/LSO (BBC Legends)
AVOID - Norrington
. Bernstein/Vienna Philharmonic
The only one of these I've heard is the Kubelik. Though I love his versions of #2 & #4, I find his "Spring" to be a bit too relaxed in the finale, and he slows down the second trio of the minuet a bit too much for my taste.
I've heard Bernstein's NYPO recording, and he does get a bit too flexible with the tempi, I think (also slowing down that second trio way, way too much).
I cut my Schumann teeth on Charles Munch's BSO recording from the early 1960s. Although it was really the Manfred Overture that fascinated me the most on that recording, I did like his version of the "Spring", and I think his tempi and dynamics have always remained the ideal for me.
What about the recommended recordings, particularly the Gardiner?