If you love Vaughan Williams' symphonies, but know them only from later recordings, these performances from the 1950s by Sir Adrian Boult will be a revelation.
In one work after another, Sir Adrian's deeply-empathetic interpretaions get right to the heart of the music, and the original Decca recordings are so superb that you might never guess their age. Orchestral textures, particularly in the Fifth and the Seventh, shimmer and glow, and Boult's keen sense of drama makes these versions enthralling. (The fact composer attended many of the sessions, even adding a humorous comment at the conclusion of the Sixth Symphony).
If you don't know these widely-varied and vigorous works--certainly some of the treasures of twentieth-century music--you have a rare treat ahead.