I'm very much a Rawsthorne fan, and have other recordings of most of the music here. In general, this stands up to any of its competitors, and the recording is good quality -- better, for example, than the only other available recording of "Practical Cats", conducted by the composer, with Robert Donat as speaker (though that's pretty good for its age). My only reservation (and one that almost made me decide against buying this album) is the participation of Simon Callow, for whom I have a strong aversion. He does spoil "Practical Cats" for me a little, to be honest, but I can live with it. If his voice doesn't bring you out in a rash, you should definitely consider this recording; even if it does, give it a try anyway -- the music and the performance are good enough to salve the itch.