David Zinman conducts Tonhalle Zurich.
I have an affinity with Schumann. I have listened to this symphony every spring for many years. I see buds and new blades of grass, feel light breezes…all within the context a dramatic awakening. I can’t say it will be the same for everyone and it may partially consist of resonances in my own mind and knowledge of Schumann’s love of romantic and descriptive nature writing, but my recommendation is to close your eyes and listen very closely.
Supposedly, Schumann wrote this in three days in early 1841, but I don’t know.