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Another maligned musical voice, with an equally compelling and distinctive voice, Casella has been well served in this fourth volume by Chandos, and by Noseda, who has a real feel for the quicksilver quirkiness herein. An intriguing mix of brooding Mahler and astringent Russian (Rimsky? Stravinsky?), the first symphony may not be a masterpiece but nevertheless has much to commend it. The couplings are more ‘vintage’ Casella, making this an attractive, well-recorded disc.

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