The earlier reviewers who gave this three stars and fewer have a point -- the sound is pretty atrocious for a recording made in the mid-1950's. I've been listening to some of the RCA Graffman box, and there's a Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto of the same vintage as this, and the sound is much, much better. Poor Andre Cluytens! They could have put Joe Blow up there with the orchestra and who would have known? And Gilels himself . . .he recorded into the digital era, and he had a lovely sound, but you couldn't tell that from this recording. So why the four stars? Well, the piano can clearly be heard, and the amazing facility and virtuosity of the man comes through. And even though the sound is bleached out, as it were, you can can tell when he's playing loudly and you can tell that there's no distortion coming from him. The phrasing in the gentler sections of the Rachmaninov is quite lovely, and the fast passagework is simply brilliant. And in the Saint-Saens, if anything he's even more amazing. There are a couple of fillers -- a short charming Prelude and Fugue by Shostakovich, followed by a more austere and eloquent longer one (nos. 5 and 24 respectively). It's a bit like watching in black-and-white rather than full color, but my goodness . . .! Audiophiles should steer clear; piano lovers needn't hesitate . . . though you probably have this CD already in your collections.