I principally knew the Melos Ensemble from their oustanding 1962 Decca recording of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro - and from their participation in Britten's recording of his own War Requiem. Many of the names of the participants (Manoug Parikian, William Pleeth, Ossian Ellis, etc) are familiar to me, as are many of the pieces included here. All the performances are outstanding and beautifully recorded; the Icons series has come in for some criticism for the standard of remastering, but all here sounds good to my ears. The great bonus is the inclusion of some early works by still-living composers (Richard Rodney Bennett and Peter Maxwell-Davies to name but two), so the listener gets some great performances of Beethoven/Mozart/Schumann, etc, as well as some exciting 'new' repertoire. Only pity is, they seem not to have recorded the Siegfried Idyll! Recommnded without reservation.