The Hilversumse Radio Kamer Filharmonie was the orchestra par excellence to record Schumann’s Symphonic works. The orchestra is renowned for its historically accurate performances and in terms of its size it compares well with orchestras from Schumann’s time. At the time the first recordings were planned it was announced that the RKF had to be ‘reduced’ following budget cuts imposed by the Dutch government of the Rutte I cabinet. The orchestra, together with its Chief Conductor Michael Schønwandt, explicitly decided to proceed with the recordings with double the original motivation. We hope that these Schumann CDs demonstrate how wrong it was for this wonderful orchestra to be cost-cut out of existence.