Schumann Symphonies 1-4

 

Schumann Symphonies 1-4 concert: Symphony No. 1 "Spring"; Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"; Symphony No. 4. Paavo Järvi conducts The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Perfomed at Pier2, a former dockyard in Bremen. Directed for TV by Christian Berger; produced by Bernard Fleischer. Has a 98-minute documentary Making of Schumann at Pier 2 + other extras. Subtitles in English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. Released 2012, disc  has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Rob Cowan in the March 2013 Gramophone at page 52 gave this title a ringing endorsement as to the performances, the concert video, and the extra features stating, "This is the sort of set that makes me grateful that classical recordings are still being made." Wow! Strangely, you can't tell for sure from the review if Rob watched this in DVD or the Blu-ray version. I would have to guess the DVD since he mentions "DVDs" generically in his 4th paragraph. (I also get the impression that magazine reviewers of classical music generally don't have HD TVs or any TV at all).