I've just been reminding myself of Mayer's Fifth Symphony in the recording by the Kammersymphonie Berlin under Jürgen Bruns. It's an entirely subjective view, I accept, but to my ears this work is considerably more Beethovenian than the re-orchestrated Fourth and, although still a powerful piece of writing, makes less of an impact. Perhaps the Fourth benefits more than I had thought at first from Malzew's subtly beefed-up orchestration? The performance which the Fifth gets also seems a tad less forceful and committed than the Fourth receives. Still, on the basis of these two works it seems that Mayer was as dab a hand at writing muscular (I almost wrote "virile") music as Lousie Farrenc and I'd like to hear a more of it. There's quite a lot: Eight symphonies, an opera, a Piano Concerto, fifteen overtures, two string quintets, seven string quartets, two piano quartets, eleven piano trios, thirteen cello sonatas, nine violin sonatas and three piano sonatas.