No doubt, there will be some who will find Kuchar's reading of Prokofiev's First too slow and pan the whole disc accordingly: this would be a mistake. It's true that Kuchar's First is to crisper, more lithe readings of the score what, say, fifties renderings of Bach's Mass are to later versions done on authentic instruments. But in the present context, sandwiched as it is between the late Romantic stylings of Dreams and Autumn (redolent of Scriabin and Rachmaninov but still lovely) on the one hand, and the brutalist but still Romantic (a Romanticism, defined broadly, of industry that is, akin to the Italian Futurists, rather than one with the usual pastoral connections) Second Symphony on the other, Kuchar's weightier First works exceedingly well. As such, the disc is a marvel of programming. It's fascinating, for instance, how the more pensive variations and the closing thema of the neglected Second echo the contemplative beauty of the earlier Dreams (if in a more anxious manner). If only for the awesome, superbly well done Second symphony, this Naxos set is a no brainer.