Schumann: Symphonies 1 & 4 - Furtwängler
Praga Digitals Reminiscences PRD/DSD 350 119
Classical - Orchestral
Schumann: Symphonies 1* & 4; Manfred overture
Wilhelm Furtwängler (conductor)
Furtwängler was an excellent pianist and accompanied leading singers at opera rehearsals and lieder recitals by Wolf, Schubert, Schumann…. He did not consider Schumann to be a great symphony composer, yet refused to authenticate Mahler’s re-orchestrations of Symphony Nos. 2 and 3 (scores which appeared posthumously in 1927). Here we have what Furtwängler chose to bequeath to posterity, including his consummate, and as yet unparalleled, lebhaft peroration in Schumann’s Symphony N° 4 in D minor, his so-called Op. 120.