Start at the end (which is no place for an overture) for an incisive and dramatic Coriolan, eloquently turned too amid the urgent emotions that are maintained right through to the closing fragmentation. The ‘Eroica’ is also compelling, played as if this were the premiere of something momentous rather than regular repertoire, questing and flexible, suitably heroic yet humane, the latter quality especially evident in the ‘Funeral March’, here an intense lament for Mankind, it seems, to which the rhythmically perky Scherzo is the perfect riposte (bold horns in the Trio). At last year’s BBC Proms Iván Fischer and the BFO gave a memorable ‘Eroica’ that refreshingly omitted the first-movement repeat (it is though included here) and, as broadcast, lacked power in the ultimate coda (where Szell in Cleveland has long been supreme), if with no such problem now, to conclude an alive and reaching-out account, at once broad-based traditional yet distinguished by numerous closely observed yet personal touches, none of which override the bigger musical picture while creating a page-turner for the ears. As a postscript, it wouldn’t be me to not mention Fischer’s illuminating deployment of antiphonal violins; and, in short, this is an essential ‘Eroica’. Channel Classics CCSSA46524 [SACD] is released on April 5.