Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4
Despite the popularity of Robert Schumann, his symphonies still often come in for criticism. Sir John Eliot Gardiner, however, marvels at their 'kaleidoscopic originality', and champions them in his live recording of the Second and Fourth Symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra: the first album in a Schumann cycle. They are prefaced by the seldom performed overture to Genoveva, Schumann's only opera.