It's a problem that I can't give a proper review of the interpretation of this work by the very good Bonn Beethovenhalle orchestra. This recording is dynamic in the extreme. At MDG they must have thought `let's try to blow the listeners out of their armchairs'. On the other hand pppppp-passages are impossible to hear on a `normal' volume level on my amplifier, and my amplifier (a Musical Fidelity) can play so loud that the climaxes are shattering LOUD.
In the booklet MDG states that their goal is to let you hear the acoustics and the sonics as it is if you're sitting in the hall itself. Well, I've visited the Bonn hall twice and I can certainly tell you that this recording of Schmidt's Symphony nr.4 is NOT what I've heard in that hall. The hall in Bonn is almost as wide as it is deep so the reverberation time is short, not like say the Concertgebouw's which is almost 2 seconds. The orchestra sometimes sounds very small and far back as if there're only 6 first violins and two cellos, and under rehearsed: they then get that glassy unattractive sound. It gave me the experience as if I were sitting at the other side of the Rhine. At the end of the scherzo the volume was so LOUD and direct that I thought all the orchestra members were thrown into my lap. After that the whole thing went back to the hollow cave-like atmosphere. This is not a good way to explore the pros and cons of SACD-recording.
Schmidt's works has to be played the Viennese way: atmosphere through rich-textured weighty string writing. Go for Zubin Mehta's recording for a great Viennese sound; go for Järvi on the Chandos label for a really dynamic recording.