Robert Schumann: The Four Symphonies - Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle

The Berlin Phil pulls out all of the stops for its first recording on its own label.

Simon Rattle is on the podium with the Berlin Philharmonic for the debut release on its own record label. For the orchestra, Schumann's symphonies have always been part of their core repertoire and their 1953 recording under Furtwängler has attained cult status. 

Throughout 2013, Rattle and the orchestra played these symphonies, winning high acclaim and adulation everywhere - and this recording does not disappoint. As one would expect from such a consummate orchestra under a supremely talented conductor, every detail of the music is audible and brought vividly to life. Rattle's love of these works shines through every note. 'It's like Christmas all year round with these pieces,' he has said in interviews.

This unique, deluxe version includes the usual audio format on CDs, plus a Blu-ray Disc, a code to download studio master audio files, a well-written and beautifully designed book, and behind-the-scenes video material. 

The Berlin Phil are at the cutting edge of recording technology and making their music widely available through every conceivable platform. A recording to treasure in its own right comes with the promise of many more great things to come.