These are both highly estimable performances, notable for the warmth and elegance of their accompaniments (to say nothing of sparkle and polish) as much as the contribution of the soloist, which is undoubtedly distinguished. Few will be disappointed with the account of the famous Adagio of the Concierto which demonstrates authentic mediterranean feeling. The success of the digital re-mastering is remarkable and although inner detail is less sharply defined than on the comparable Bonell/Dutoit alternative from Decca, it matters little for the analogue ambience suits the style of the music-making, which is slightly less extrovert (especially in the finale of the Concierto). The Decca balance gives a sharper edge to the massed strings and someRead more will like the softer-grained Philips sound, which is wonderfully warm and tangible at the opening of the Fantasia. . . . Both the Philips and Decca CDs give great pleasure in their different ways, and this is music that always sounds fresh.