BRAHMS: SYM­PHONY NO 4; MEN­DELSSOHN: ITAL­IAN SYM­PHONY

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

BBCSO, Royal Phil­har­monic Orches­tra/Adrian Boult ICA Clas­sics ICAC 5093 Adrian Boult, nearly four decades older than Tennst­edt, was in In­dian sum­mer ter­ri­tory in the 1970s, and th­ese con­cert record­ings were made at the BBC Proms when he was aged 83 (the Men­delssohn in 1972) and 86 (Brahms). Boult was a lu­cid Brahm­sian who knew how to let the mu­sic un­fold as by it­self, although his straight-talk­ing style has never been with­out its crit­ics. The fi­nale of the Fourth Sym­phony with the BBC Sym­phony Orches­tra should let you know if he has enough fire to keep you happy. Boult sounds rather more his age with the Royal Phil­har­monic Orches­tra in Men­delssohn’s breezy Ital­ian Sym­phony, which does even­tu­ally spark into life for the clos­ing Saltarello. The Brahms is the real meat on this disc. url.ie/e6 sy

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