The remark about the style of the narration is clearly valid particularly if one is to revisit the performance often. But again, I would suggest that this will be a carefully made performance choice. My guess is that Callow is adopting a style more in tune with the performance/acting practices of the time (remember he is well known for his recreation of Charles Dickens' famed readings). It has often been said that the grand-gestured rhetorical acting style of yesteryear would grate on modern audiences grown used to a more naturalistic approach. I know the version which features Richard Pasco and it should be pointed out that the orchestra there is the semi-professional Rutland Sinfonia who cannot hold a candle to the BBC CO.
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