I won't go into reviewing the individual works in detail, for others have done better jobs on the individual albums than I ever could.
If you're looking at this, most likely you have an idea who Leif Ove Andsnes is. You might know that at least three of these albums are stunning (Grieg & Schumann, Rachmaninov and Mozart). You've at least heard him on the radio, or seen him on Youtube, and been impressed. I know I was! So you come here and look for his albums.
Maybe you have champagne tastes and a Lone Star beer budget, like I do, but you want to support the good artists when and where you can, or at least let the labels know to keep them signed so they can keep making music; however, when you see the prices of individual albums, you shudder. Until you see this five in one set for the price of one of Andsnes' CDs, or even lower! You wonder if it's a ripoff or a steal.
I'll save y'all the effort: It's an epic steal.
Of course, there's a catch with getting five albums at this price from an artist of this caliber. You don't get fancy here. The CDs are inside a thick cardboard box with a lid that folds back. It's sturdy, but not so sturdy that you want to be opening it a lot of times. The discs do not come in jewel cases, but in poster stock sleeves with the album cover on the front. On the back is the very bare minimum: a simple track listing, name of the orchestra and its conductor, and recording year and place. No liner notes with historical data, detailed credits or notes from the artist, never mind in multiple languages. Are you buying the album for the liner notes or the music? It takes some really good liner notes for me to remember them ten minutes after I've read them, but they're still not the reason I'm buying an album or box set. I'm buying it for the music, and the CDs you get in this set are the same CDs that are in the albums with the jewel cases and fancy notes. If the music is the same (which is awesome in this case), then a set like this is good enough for me.
If you're the kind who plays CDs often, particularly in your car, you might want to get jewel cases for the discs. Otherwise, this set seems to be meant for people who listen to a CD only once in a while or use them once, to rip the music for iDevices.