Here's another in my response to the question, "Which Brandenburg... ?"
Once again, I find an older recording to be superior to the "authentic instruments" recordings of the 80's. And look at the superstars in the soloists listing: Heinz Holliger, Maurice Andre, etc. This recording is also a bargain, at 2 cd for the price of 1, for listeners who are just starting out. There is also the added bonus of the 2 violin concertos, also very well done.
The recording itself sounds a little thinner than most, more treble than base, which is a characteristic of remastered 60's recordings. Also, it is recorded with a room ambience, rather than a large hall, so everything sounds fairly close up and close together. It actually sort of sounds like you're in the room with them, I like it. Also, the soloists can be heard clearly above the orchestra, the balance is nicely done. And the performance is beautiful: the tempos feel natural and the phrasing is what one expects; no surprises or bizarre stamps of over-interpretation often found in more recent recordings. I have always felt that Italian orchestras (I think this one is Italian) have an intuitive understanding of baroque music and I have always enjoyed their performances tremendously. (I Solisti Venti is another favourite of mine whose recordings of Vivaldi are unmatched.)
I enjoyed this recording a great deal and highly recommend it.