It's hard to knock anything by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), especially where the "Spring" Symphony is concerned. But I'll do it anyway. Schumann's First Symphony, composed and premiered in 1841, is a jubilant, ebullient, zestfully intoxicating work that should inspire in listeners the very best feelings of spring's new life and new hope. Indeed, under conductor Lawrence Foster and the Czech Philharmonic, it does much of this. It's just that a good part of the performance is undermined by its live recording (which is at least mercifully free of audience noise and applause).
Recorded in Prague in 2007, the interpretation is quick paced and reasonably quick witted, yet it loses a lot of its joy within a veritable fog of hall reverberation and overactive musical bloom. I wonder if this veiling is partly the result of folding the rear channels into the front, because I listened only to PentaTone's hybrid Super Audio CD in the two-channel stereo mode. It's quite possible that in SACD surround sound, the sonics open up to greater clarity. As things stand, while I found the sound wanting, I found Foster's reading of the "Spring" Symphony spirited and lively, without always being too characterful; and I found the same to an even greater degree with the Second Symphony (1846).
For comparison purposes, I put on Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Dresden Staatskapelle (EMI) and Otto Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra (also EMI), recordings made thirty and forty years earlier. Both recordings sounded better to my ears (the older Klemperer actually sounding the best), and both seemed far more colorful in describing the varying moods of the music.
I'd say if you have to have these symphonies in surround sound, the PentaTone is going to be your best, possibly your only, choice. But if you're after the best possible performances, the two EMI sets I mentioned, and others by Zinman (Arte Nova), Goodman (RCA), Kubelik (Sony), Muti (EMI), Gardiner (DG), and Dausgaard (BIS) are probably surer bets.