My own favorite recording of the Mahler Third Symphony is the vintage rendition by the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein on Sony, and sometimes I enjoy the visceral sonic impact of Bernard Haitink's more recent performance with the Chicago Symphony. This live outing by the Berlin Philharmonic under John Barbirolli sadly fails to compete with either. I do very much like Barbirolli's conducting in general when it comes to Mahler (as well as Sibelius and Elgar and Vaughan Williams), but here things just don't work. The sound in this live 1964 recording shows its very evident shortcomings, and the performance itself just drags its feet. Granted, the work is a massive one, but under Bernstein's direction in that Sony recording it remains agile and flexible. In this instance, on the other hand, it becomes the sonic equivalent of a couch potato. Nonetheless I still keep this set for about eleven minutes of minor delight in the form of Barbirolli's own Elizabethan Suite, arrangements of five period tunes by the likes of Bull, Farnaby and Byrd. The recording of this one piece is mono, but I still enjoy it in a small way. Still, I suppose it's doubtful that for you it will be a sufficient draw to spring for this album. There are far better Mahler Thirds out there.