Gramophone magazine didn't like this recording and there are some points in that review that I have to agree on. The first symphony IS slow until the finale and seems to go on forever. However I did like the second symphony, a strong and purposefull reading of an quite difficult work. The strings do tend to be swamped by the brass sometimes but it did not bother me that much. And the two shorter tone-poems are performed beautifully with commitment and lovely stringplaying. In short, buy this one for the rare items, but not for the first symphony.