The idea behind this disc is excellent -aiming to get as close as possible to the first performance. However, this performance never really catches fire - it doesn't have the abandon of Gardiner's Harold in Italy - more of a well proportioned and neat performance. It surprisingly doesn't underline the sheer originality of the work. This may partly be due to the sound. Although it's nice to go back to the Ancien Conservatoire where it was premièred, the small space leads to a dry sound with little bloom. An interesting recording but not as successful as Davis, Markevitch, Martinon, or quite a few others.