The self-styled "bad boy of music", George Antheil, turns out to have had the famous attribute of the bad girl- namely, when he was good, he was very VERY good. At least, that's my feeling after listening to the first in the Hugh Wolff/cpo series of his complete symphonies. It's an eye (or ear-) opener, especially after the Ensemble Modern (RCA) recording of the Ballet Mechanique and other bits and pieces. The Symphonies 1 & 6 show Antheil to have been a deft hand with an orchestra and, while not giving himself over completely to "quirkiness", retains enough of that boisterous quality to bring the well-worn symphonic form to life, especially in the 1st. I look forward to the rest of the series. Wolff and his Frankfurt Orchestra play superbly and reveal the detail of Antheil's inspiration with greater clarity (in No.6) than Kuchar on a new Naxos release, although the Naxos is still a good buy. Who said everything worth hearing had already been recorded? This issue (like so much else in the cpo catalogue) proves them wrong.