The Strauss concerti are very good -- no overbrassy nonsense here, but instead exquisite phrasing and a good sense of musical narrative. But Neunecker is also capable of power when needed -- the finale of the First Concerto being an example. Yet for me the real jewel of this disc is the Britten Serenade. It's a beautiful work -- perhaps the most perfect (formally) in Britten's entire output. I have to admit I was skeptical after reading all the hype about Bostridge, but once I heard him sung his first note, I was completely won over. What a wonderful timbre he has, and even more importantly, what a wonderful musician he is! His voice might appear slight on first hearing, but it is capable of a surprising variety of expression. And he clearly relishes the words, shading his dynamics, tone and enunciation according to the poetry. Metzmacher's conducting is very accomplished -- the orchestra practically "glows" under his baton (though this perhaps has something to do with details of recording and mixing, of which I am not very knowledgable).