Given that this is my absolute favourite piece of romantic classical music and that, untutored, I can NEARLY play it on the piano, this Beecham recording remains for me unsurpassed. It cost me four weeks' pocket money when I bought it on vinyl on first release and the joy and exuberance of this consummate performance persists to this day. Everybody, the conductor, the orchestra, the soloist (outstanding, by the way), the sound engineers at EMI, probably even the sleeve designer, had a good day, which all makes this a recording to treasure, to return to when downcast by a grey day, or oppressed by life's negatives. The only rendition which runs it close (and from a similar era) is by Paul Kletzki, which, at the time, EMI wisely released on a cut-price label. One of the greatest recordings ever made.