A great performance of the Mahler 2, really exquisite. Exceptionally musical, beautifully played, expertly shaped over the entire course by Sir John, it is expressive without exaggeration throughout. This is especially exemplified by the singing of Dame Janet Baker, her voice comfortably upfront without special highlighting, and sounding more beautiful than I can recall hearing on record.
The recording is from a radio broadcast of a concert, the performance was not intended for recording and release. It is in mono, clear and full. There is tape hiss, by necessity, and minimal crowd noise, neither of which are distracting. Testament is a label dedicated to re-issuing recordings of importance made prior to the era of modern stereo recordings. If hi-fi is your fetish, if your primary concern is sound quality, this CD will not please you. If, however, you care about music in general and Mahler in particular, this is absolutely wonderful.