This is quite the most significant CD purchase I have made in a very long time. I am old enough to remember being present when Sir Adrian conducted Brahms 1st Symphony in Edinburgh's Usher Hall. At that time I was in the process of developing a deep and lasting love for the Brahms symphonies but struggled, for some reason, with the 1st. That evening Sir Adrian shed light for me on this most magnificent work and I have loved it ever since. His recordings of all four symphonies are to be treasured.
Not for him the acrobatic performances of many conductors (some of them very great conductors it must be said) but Boult, with his long baton, moved nothing beyond the wrist but drew from an orchestra the most glorious sounds. He was never among the ranks of those who could conduct Swan Lake and dance it at the same time!
Purists may baulk at the Bach, despite the venerable presence of David Munrow. Boult himself clearly suffered from no such misgivings and, personally, I love these Brandenburgs.
The Wagner is a revelation, as is the Mozart and everything else on these 11 discs. At a much higher price this set would be worth the money: at the price set by Amazon it is a veritable bargain!