One of my favourite joyful but heavyweight quick fixes, Robert Schumann’s original Symphony no.4 is an intense and inventive stream of consciousness full of light and life. It’s a thrill. Shame Schumann didn’t see it that way…
Listening time c35 minutes (podcast 10′, music 25′)
Music here played by the brilliant Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (from London!) conductor, John Eliot Gardiner.
The later version of the symphony is out there too (earlier in the same youtube clip).
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