This disc, well recorded in 1982 and issued the following year, has now been re-issued with the Dream Children added in. The recordings themselves, as with all of the Chandos range, were originally recorded in 24 bits and 96 Hz unlike so many of the early CDs from other makes which recorded at 16 bits. The technical difference is that a 24 bit recording contains 256 times the information of a 16 bit recording. Not all of this can be transferred to CD as the medium only accepts 16 bits but the previous work at 24 bits still has a considerable impact on the final product. That is why so many of these Chandos discs sound superior.
Thomson takes a more lyrical view of this music than Boult who adopts a more architectural approach with overtones of grandeur which is his nature. Thus in pieces like the Wild Bears or the Fairies and Giants, Boult's approach is generally more impressive. However, in the gentler pieces it is Thomson who warms the heart. Boult too has excellent sound as analogue recordings such as his also offer more than 16 bits. Both conductors therefore have excellent sound and offer excellent performances with fine orchestras. The main difference lies in the difference of each conductor's temperament and the way it influences the view taken of these miniature gems.
The Dream Children is an attractive additional item and this may sway the choice for some. However it will on the Wand of Youth and Nursery Suite pieces that many will focus. On balance I personally prefer Boult for his tighter approach but enjoy Thomson for his humanity too.
I would suggest that in reality these two discs by Thomson and Boult are both very fine and those looking for only one copy will be happy with either. Collectors who enjoy different interpretations will want both as there is sufficient difference to justify doubling.