This splendid collection is a worthy successor to many nostalgically re-membered LPs by Paul Paray and others, and if I say the performance of La belle Helene Overture (a splendid concoction arranged by Haensch, including a charming waltz, a delicious oboe solo and a can-can at the end) can stand beside that of Martinon and the LPO on Decca (1/52 - nla) - which is very special indeed - that is the highest praise.
The concert opens in the bandstand with gusto and style; and after Herold's Zampa comes Gounod's whimsical little
The BBC Philharmonic is on top form (the strings and brass both deserve accolades) and the Chandos recording is top-drawer, vivid, resonant and glowing. All in all, a programme to cheer you up on a bleak winter's day. Just try La belle Helene and you will be won over.'