This is a lousy recording of what probably was a fine performance. Giulini was a marvelous conductor and his later commercial recording of the Missa Solemnis shows his winning ways with this great score. However this recording, probably the hook to buy the album, is technically a total disaster and should be avoided. St. Paul's Cathedral's acoustics where the live performance was recorded, proved to be a venue which totally defeated the BBC engineers. Note that other recordings have emerged from the facility unscathed and are quite estimable. Not this one. The reverberation (and how it was miked) renders every bar a total muddle. Sections of the orchestra become globs of undefined sound. All of this is made worse by Giulini's then conventional use of large forces. It is a shame, for earlyish Giulini is always a treasure to hear. But this performance is a sonic blur. Probably sitting in the nave at the actual performance it may have sounded clearer than what we get to hear in this unfortunate disc. I gave it two stars because the Schubert "filler", recorded in a theatre in Scotland, is quite good and benefits from decent recorded sound. Note that the Symphony #4 is Schubert's not Beethoven's; Amazon should correct the title entry as it makes it seem both works were Beethoven's.