Dvořák’s three Slavonic Rhapsodies of 1878 are much more like symphonic poems without a programme and, while overflowing with characteristic ideas and colourful scoring, they are also loosely constructed and melodramatic. But it is the earlier Rhapsody in A minor that is the most ambitious work here. Libor Pešek’s performance is splendid, with a vigorous response from the orchestra, who even bring off the bombastic, patriotic coda. This is every bit as enjoyable as the Op. 45 Rhapsodies, although it is not as sophisticated as No. 3. This Naxos collection would be recommendable even if it cost far more.