BBC Music Magazine - - Orchestral - Re­viewed by Mal­colm Hayes

Beethoven Sym­phony No. 5; Shostakovich Sym­phony No. 10

Praga Dig­i­tals PRD 250 394 (1961/66) 82:08 mins This Beethoven No. 5 from Her­bert von Kara­jan is tight-reined and thrillingly ex­cit­ing, as is his su­perb com­mand of the huge spans of Shostakovich’s Tenth. Lus­trous Berlin Phil play­ing. ★★★★

Bizet Sym­phony in C; Haydn Sym­phony No. 101

Elo­quence 482 4979 (1949-54) 64:13 mins

Aided by re­mark­ably clear Decca sound for 1949, Ernest Anser­met’s Haydn is fresh and like­able. So are these early-1950s record­ings of Bizet’s ef­fer­ves­cent Sym­phony and his over­ture Pa­trie. ★★★

Mozart Sym­phonies No. 35, 36, 38 & 41, etc

Elo­quence 482 8414 (1956-61) 144:22 mins (2 CDS) Eu­gen Jochum’s classy way with Mozart – well­rounded phras­ing, spa­cious tem­pos – typ­i­fies a now dis­tant per­for­mance era. Ed­uard Van Beinum’s Posthorn Ser­e­nade (un­for­tu­nately mi­nus the open­ing and clos­ing Marches) is a lively de­light. ★★★

Si­belius Sym­phonies Nos 4 and 7

Alto ALC 1389 (2003) 61:15 mins

Out­stand­ing Si­belius from the late Sir Colin Davis: mas­terly con­trol of the Fourth Sym­phony’s spare yet ul­tra-vivid tra­jec­tory, and gen­uine un­forced grandeur in the Sev­enth, plus top-flight LSO play­ing. ★★★★★

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