This live performance at a 1963 'Proms' Concert brought Stokowski back to London, in his home country, for an all too rare performance and made even the critics who 'sniffed' at his 'headline seeking' musicianship, sit up and notice. The conductor was 81 years old at the time of this performance and his dramatic reading of the score is a marvel. It's apparent that the soloists (Rae Woodland and Janet Baker), the combined Choruses and Orchestra knew they were participating in something special. The sense of occasion is made even more apparent when, breaking the rules at 'Prom' Concerts, the conductor was allowed to give and 'encore' of the astonishing final choral segment. There are other fine recordings of this massive work but few conductors have found many of the special touches Stokowski brings to this performance both in the meltingly beautiful quiet sections and the stirring climaxes. A treasure.