Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120
Breitkopf Urtext ed. by Jon Finson
1841 or 1851? With Breitkopf both are possible
Schumann's Fourth Symphony offers conductors a welcome choice: they can opt for the published version overseen by the composer (1851, new edition by Joachim Draheim, PB/OB 5264) or they can choose the edition of Johannes Brahms, who successfully championed the performance and publication of the 1841 version in 1888/89. For the very first time, Jon Finson now presents the version that was played at the world premiere in December 1841 under the direction of the composer, the autograph of which reveals two levels of corrections. Editorial work was inevitable since even Brahms himself was unable to prevent some well-intentioned retouchings by the conductor Franz Wüllner. The result had been a mixture of both versions. Thanks to Finson, we now have a text-critically lucid and musically compelling "original version."