One of my fond memories from the time when I was 14 is my membership in an excellent amateur orchestra. I learned a whole lot of the orchestral repertoire, and to this day, our performance of the second symphony by Robert Schumann is fresh in my mind. The slow movement is my great favorite.
Now a new recording is out in which Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann.
Michael Tilson Thomas’ nuanced approach accentuates the tender, simple, and vulnerable side of Schumann’s symphonies, which MTT calls a “preserve for endangered emotions.” Recorded live, these performances of Schumann’s symphonies are hailed as “nothing short of magnificent” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Produced by the Symphony’s in-house record label SFS Media in the highest quality audio.
Here is Leonard Bernstein, leading the slow movement from the Schumann Symphony number 2: