Raff: Symphony No. 5 (Lenore)

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LABELS: Koch Schwann
WORKS: Symphony No. 5 (Lenore)
PERFORMER: German SO Berlin/Matthias Bamert
CATALOGUE NO: 3-6793-2 Reissue (1982)
Although the front cover credits the conductor as Gerd Albrecht, Matthias Bamert’s the man, and he makes a good job of it, helping us understand how this long-forgotten Romantic symphony could once have been a popular hit, and suggesting that it might merit the occasional revival. Sound is a bit swampy, but bearable. Stephen Johnson