The conductor is helped not only by fine orchestral playing but also by recording which is spectacular not only by its degree of spaciousness but even more in the beautifully rich sound it gives to the strings. Using only a commercial pickup this is striking again and again throughout the set. The feeling of a concert hall behind the loudspeakers is also frequently apparent especially on sides three and four where lies quite a lot of music played in the Suites. There are few two-disc sets which will give as much pleasure as this one and it is hoped that Decca will issue a disc of Highlights (including the Suite) which may well sweep the Board. Recorded in October, 1958. James Walker, producer; Roy Wallace, engineer. Listed #19 by Robert Moon & Michael Gray.
A Speakers Corner – Decca production.