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Sym­phonies Nos 1 & 3 (Scot­tish) NDR Ra­dio­phil­har­monie/andrew Manze

Pen­ta­tone PTC 5186595 (hy­brid CD/SACD) 70:48 mins

Clean play­ing, ex­cel­lent speeds, a man­age­able re­ver­ber­a­tion time (around four sec­onds), in­tel­li­gent in­tro­duc­tion of dy­nam­ics where they are plainly lack­ing and sen­si­tive phras­ing with no man­nered ru­bato: in all these re­spects, a thor­oughly en­joy­able per­for­mance. But the record­ing is less happy. Es­pe­cially in the First Sym­phony, the tim­pani emits a boom­ing sound that be­comes re­ally quite in­tru­sive over time, and more es­pe­cially when play­ing notes just above those of the bass line, pro­duc­ing a rather thick tex­ture.

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