SCHUMANN 4 Symphonien Gardiner 4575912
The woodwind and brass here make a splendid noise, and Gardiner obviously enjoys their explosive quality in tutti passages.
Gardiner . . . offers a conspectus of Schumann as symphonist that is all the richer and more illuminating for the inclusion of the extra rarities. Gardiner concludes his note: 'Towards the end of his life Schumann's four published symphonies were understood by the more perceptive of his contemporaries as constituting the most significant additions to the repertoire since Beethoven. Our aim is to revalidate that claim.' It is hardly too much to suggest that in that he has succeeded triumphantly.
. . . [Schumann's Symphony no. 3 is] brought to incomparable physical life with glowing period instruments under inspirational direction and perfectly recorded . . . Creating irresistible momentum, Gardiner has a seemingly effortless command of long-term architecture and captures light and shade as well as intimacy and grandeur.