These performers show some gusto in their performance, the orchestra is a good and keen one, and the cellist has a broad and full tone, but it doesn't seem as if either conductor or soloist is really in tune with this particular work. The opening, before the cellist enters, is grand in gesture but without the human sympathy the work asks for, and the cellist himself is too self-conscious, emphasing phrases with too much aplomb. The classic performance with Pierre Fournier and George Szell conducting the Berlin Philharmonic may be getting on for fifty years old, but the sound is good and the naturalness and beauty of the whole performance place it in a different realm from this one. It remains the standard recommendation from the BBC Record Review and from what I've heard for me too. For a more recent performance, there is a very good one by Rafael Wallfisch and the London SO with Charles Mackerras.
The overture In Nature which is also on this CD can be a very beautiful work, but this is rather a routine performance. The classic Karel Sejna performance is old mono, but there are also excellent stereo readings available from Charles Gerhardt with a London group and Seiji Ozawa with the Vienna Orchestra.