BBC Music Magazine

Reissues Reviewed

- by Erik Levi

Brahms Symphonies Nos 1 & 3

Eloquence 482 5499 (1946/51) 74:02 mins Eduard van Beinum’s highly-charged Brahms One benefits from superb orchestral playing from the Concertgeb­ouw. The LPO is not quite so incisive in a murkily-recorded Brahms Three from 1946. ★★★

Haydn Symphonies Nos 44-49

Eloquence 484 0136 (1975/78) 129:01 mins

Feisty expressive playing from the English Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, but variable recorded sound which is too reverberan­t in the Trauer and La Passione, yet dry and airless elsewhere. ★★★

Martinů The Symphonist

Praga Digitals PRD 250 389 (1956-2000)

161:02 mins (2 discs)

A cornucopia of devoted Martinu interprete­rs, from Charles Munch and Rafael Kubelík to Karel Ancerl and Jirí Belohlávek, feature on this generously-filled compilatio­n of his finest orchestral works. ★★★★★

Rimsky-korsakov Russian Easter Festival Overture; Franck Symphony in D minor

BR Klassik 900704 51:49 mins

Kirill Kondrashin and the Bavarian Orchestra shimmer in Rimsky-korsakov. The Franck outer movements have tremendous dynamic propulsion, and the central Allegretto a wonderfull­y silky delicacy. ★★★★

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