Each of these performances must be amongst the best available. All four ballets had me on the edge of my seat at times and I found all of them preferable to the performances I already have on my shelves. The Firebird is much more exciting and uninhibited than Rattle's curiously inert version. The Rite is more ferocious and transports one to the primitive Russians steppes even more effectively than Mackerras. Even Pulcinella gains in character over Hickox's excellent disc. I did not previously own a version of Petrushka, but the "Russian-ness" of all these performances was particularly noteable in this gripping traversal. Five stars for the performances.
The recording is not quite up to the same standard having a curiously hollow quality at times. Perhaps the acoustics of the hall are responsible. However, recording quality should not put off potential purchasers. If you are looking for outstanding versions of three of the most important and influential orchestral works of the 20th century (and Pulcinella), do not hesitate.