Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (re-orchestrated by Mahler) – Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop

February 7, 2023, 9:00 am

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Robert Schumann’s Fourth Symphony was initially conceived not long after the success of the First, but the dramatic original single-movement version confused audiences, and substantial revisions resulted in the eloquent masterpiece we hear today. This and the Third Symphony owe a great deal to Beethoven, with the Rhenish sharing much of the joy and effervescence of the Pastoral Symphony. Gustav Mahler’s subtle re-orchestrations were made in the light of instrumental innovations and the increase in size of the symphony orchestra towards the beginning of the 20th century, making them ideal for performance today.