I had been acquainted with the recordings of the Gernsheim symphonies on Arte Nova by Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz under Siegfried Köhler, and while I found the music certainly engaging up to a point, I wasn't all that taken by it, except perhaps the Symphony No. 4. These performances of the Nos. 1 and 3, however, certainly make a stronger case for this composer, who I suppose could be classed as a kind of Brahms wannabe. In the hands of Herman Baumer and the Mainze Philharmonic, these two symphonies, at least, get a much better treatment than in the Arte Nova renditions. Frankly, I find Gernsheim a more compelling composer in his chamber works, such as the violin sonatas and piano quartets that can be found in recordings on the Brilliant label; still, the music here definitely represents first-class performances of second-class music. Well worth a listen.