One of four discs in a complete cycle of the eight symphonies by Danish composer Niels Gade, this album contains the composer's first and last ventures into the form, ably played by the Stockholm Sinfonietta under Neeme Jarvi. Both the No. 1 and No. 8 sound very much like Mendelssohn a good part of the time, but the latter work is the more mature and interesting, as one might expect. On the whole, Gade makes for a somewhat engaging alternative to the likes of Schumann and Mendelssohn, though I must confess that I often find the music in these two symphonies to be just a little aimless, with a sense of waiting for another shoe to drop -- a prime exception to that statement being the final movement of the Eighth Symphony, which truly goes somewhere and which I find to be the most compelling track on the disc. These performances, along with the remaining ones in this full cycle, have since been reissued by BIS in a bargain set, and it's in that edition that I suggest you buy them.