For a Czech composer to remain true to himself during the dark times of Communist oppression after 1948 and survive into old age was an achievement indeed. This box set is a representative compendium of many of Kalabis' most significant orchestral works, culled from recordings made over a period of around 40 years or so from the early 1960's onwards. The performances are uniformly excellent, often definitive, and the recording quality never less than serviceable. The idiom is modern (post-Martinu), but approachable, the craftsmanship exemplary, and the emotional content often very moving. Perhaps a musical byway, but an unjustly neglected one at that, and well worth the very modest outlay.