The first of many modern performances and still the bench mark! I fist heard this absolute masterpiece of late romantic vocal and orchestral brilliance on a double LP with I think Janet Baker as the wood dove among others but the recording was live and not terribly good and like all my LP's was dumped in 1991.
Then along came this Decca/London recording under the indomitable Chailly. A masterpiece indeed in his hands and with excellent soloists to boot. Susan Dunn is not a name you find in many recordings but the voice has the right weight and lovely tone for the part of Tove and Siegfried Jerusalem is in very fine vocal form here! So too is Hans Hotter as the speaker. If I had quibbles it was always with the second part of the work and Chailly does little to soften the tonal changes Schoenberg gives us here, but quite rightly so, the final blast of the wind blows the turmoil away splendidly!
Now this is on a Decca Double its an absolute bargain, typical Decca full frequency sound displays fine orchestral playing as well as the voices, soloists and choirs! 10 out of 10, no hesitation.