This is a very old review. We are no longer big fans of the recording, although if you can pick one up cheap, which is very doable as this record should be sitting in the bins for under ten bucks, you might want to give it a try. We recommend you look for the earlier STS label, Silver and Black, not Orange and Black.
SUPERB SOUND! This Orange and Black label British pressing has sweet strings, powerful dynamics, plenty of depth and a wide soundstage.
It’s major faults are a lack of deep bass and some congestion during loud passages.
Sir Ralph Richardson makes a wonderful narrator — the sound of his voice is priceless.
But the real attraction is the First Symphony, commonly known as the Classical Symphony. Sargent plays it with VERVE! He brings energy and excitement to this work. The London Symphony is at the top of their game as well; they play with the precision required to bring the work off with aplomb.
It’s hard to find a good Prokofiev First, and since this is one of my all time favorite pieces of classical music, if you don’t have one, this is a good place to start.
[We prefer the Previn on EMI but this one is very good and easily found in record stores.]