Goldmark: Symphony No. 2; Der gefesselte Prometheus Overture; In Italien

COMPOSERS: Goldmark
LABELS: ASV
WORKS: Symphony No. 2; Der gefesselte Prometheus Overture; In Italien
PERFORMER: Philharmonia Orchestra/Yondani Butt
CATALOGUE NO: CD DCA 934 DDD
This is a safer bet than ASV’s recent Kodály disc. Yondani Butt’s interpretations hang together better here, the music is less milked, the Philharmonia’s tutti are tightened (instrumental solo excellence can be taken for granted). Hungarian-born Goldmark may sound sub-Brahms, but he’s sub- a lot of other good things too (at times, notably Russian-orientated). The Symphony feels best focused in the faster later movements (the Andante flags significantly). The two fillers are both rewarding. Worth a try. Roderic Dunnett

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