Label: DECCA

I know many people hold old DECCA recordings in high esteem. I do not know if it is the CD mastering that is off, but the sound quality of this recording is nothing special. There timbre of the instruments are OK and resolution is good. However, soundstage is rather cramped, there is very little air between instruments and the dynamic range is very low. There is a clearly audible bass drum, but it lacks some punch. That is what I feel about this version in general. Technically playing is top notch, but some atmospheric parts are rushed, there is a lack of ‘bite’ in the brass and bass lacks punch. This is not a version that gets me in the mood for a riot.

Artistic: 3

Sound: 3

Bass drum: 3