This wonderful Dutton transfer gives us a chance to hear again the first English recording of Vaughan Williams' marvellous, troubling Sixth Symphony, performed by the conductor who premiered it, Sir Adrian Boult (Stokowski recorded it in the States a day or two before this version - an indication, perhaps, of the Symphony's popularity at the time - it received over 100 performances in its first year). It's a white-hot, committed interpretation, well played and very well recorded for its time. As a bonus, the alternative version of the Scherzo is included, and you can programme that in if you choose. The 'Song of Thanksgiving' is quite a nice piece but not great VW, but the 'Lark Ascending' is as marvellous as the Symphony, a completely rapt but fluent, forward-moving performance by Jean Pougnet. The disc is well worth its modest price for that alone ; with the wonderful Symphony, it's an absolute must for anyone who likes this repertoire.