On the face of it this is a great bargain - ten discs for the price of one normal one. The catch however is that the original recordings date from at least the Fifties, and in some cases twenty years earlier, and seem to be taken from retail discs rather than masters, will all that implies for quality.
The main draw therefore has to be the presence of some famous namess from the past. These include conductors such as Igor Markevitch, Pierre Monteux, Ernest Ansermet and Willem Mengelberg. Pianists are particularly well represented with Walter Gieseking, Arthur Rubinstein, Friedrich Gulda, Horovitz, Emil Gilels, and Alfred Cortot.
Of these Gieseking, a noted Debussy interpreter, gets the lions share, with complete performances of the Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, both books of Preludes, Pour le Piano, Estampes, Images II and Suite Bergamasque. The others are only represented by a few pieces or even one individual item.
As might be expected almost all the works are in mono, with the exception of the first disc, consisting of La Mer and Images,and Trois Ballades de Francois Villon on the ninth, all conducted by the unknown (to me) Ingelbrecht, and even thsse barely merit the description of stereo. Ingelbrecht also contributes a complete performance of a comparative rarity, Le Martyr de Saint Sebastian though in mono.
To sum up therefore, the main attraction of this set, apart from the price, is the opportunity to hear and compare performances by some of the great names from the past, though sometimes only in fragmentary form, and the three star rating reflects this.