These radio recordings contain one Barbirolli classic the Sibelius 2 and two new to his recorded legacy . The Schubert 4 and Britten's Serenade for Tenor ,Horn and Strings .
All three performances are treasurable. The Schubert Fourth Symphony is the plum of plums . An intense , passionate account of the score . It is very clearly recorded and wonderfully played . It is not a HIppite like rush through the score but it builds momentum like no other account I have heard . This is quite wonderful and would now be my first choice for this symphony.
The Serenade has a warmth missing from some of the Pears accounts - Baumann may not be as idiomatic as Tuckwell or as perfect as Dennis Brain but he plays very well . English's account of the tenot's part is richer than Pears and one of the most thrilling I have heard .
The Sibelius 2 may not quite match the legendary RPO/Barbirolli studio recording but it is a wonderful airy vital account in its own right
An absolute treasure trove !