These accounts are often thought to be inferior to Kubelik's deeply poetic accounts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and, although they are essentially the same interpretations, these with the Berlin PO are less sunny, less filled with life and incident. Kubelik here is more relaxed but he is never dull. Far from it - the symphonies move along with a sureness and inevitability that impresses from the start. Kubelik is a master of pacing and shape. How he does it I don't know - there is no hint of slackness and every sense of purpose. In addition these accounts emit a wonderful glow that suffuses all in a magical light.