There are many excellent recordings of this Suite, and one of my favourites is from Le Concert des Nations conducted by Jordi Savall on Alia Vox AVSA 9890A+B (2 SACDs at medium price, playable on all players). All 4 Suites are included and are enthusiastically performed in excellent sound. As a budget priced alternative there is a fine set of the Suites on 2 CDs from The Boston Early Music Orchestra conducted by Andrew Parrott on Virgin Veritas 50999 9125562.
A very fine recording of the complete Chamber Music with various artists has been issued on Champs Hill CHRCD 028 (2 CDs at budget price). The recording quality is excellent.
Britten’s own incomparable performance is still only available at full price, coupled with the Young Person’s Guide and Frank Bridge Variations on Decca 417 509-2. A good budget alternative is on Naxos 8.557205, where the Northern Sinfonia is conducted by Steuart Bedford. The couplings are A Charm of Lullabies, Lachrymae, and Suite of English Folk Tunes.
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A clear recommendation is possible here with a CD entitled “An Introduction to Percy Grainger”, which contains an extensive collection, including tonight’s piece. With the label’s usual high standard of recording, this is on Chandos CHAN 2029 (budget price).
In the current absence of the composer’s classic recording of the 13 instrument version, there is an excellent alternative with modern digital recording on SOMM CD 244 (full price). The Orchestra of the Swan is conducted by David Curtis, and the couplings are Clarinet Concertos by Copland and Finzi played by Sarah Williamson.