I'm one who enjoys orchestrations and transcriptions. To me it's fun to hear a work in a different instrumental context, and so I approached this two-disc album with some anticipation. The results to my ear are mixed. Alexander von Zemlinsky's arrangement of Mahler's Sixth Symphony for piano 4 hands is rather delight, as far as I'm concerned. It's not about to displace the original, but hearing the work from a keyboard perspective puts the emphasis from time to time on elements other than those that are to the fore in the orchestral version. The rhythmic sections -- such as the scherzo, which here is third in the rotation rather than the usual second -- succeed best, as one might expect, but other portions are well and distinctly rendered. This piano reduction really does work, which sadly can't be said of Alfredo Casella analogous attempt for the Seventh Symphony. I went into this one not expecting a good result -- given the difference between it and, say, the Sixth, I didn't think Casella could pull it off. In the opening moments, however, I thought I was going to be proved wrong, for that beginning is as brilliantly atmospheric as the original orchestral version. Rather soon, however, it all turned to indistinct mush to my untrained layman's ear, and amid occasional upturns things remained that way almost to the end. The Seventh is hard to pull off even for a thoughtful conductor and a slew of instruments; four brave hands poised above a keyboard really don't have a chance. Still, Casella -- whose own Second Symphony is something to hear -- tried admirably. The original material just isn't conducive to piano interpretation, I think. So we're one for two here, but that one hit deserves a listen.