this IS the Thing!! Barenboim and Pearlman!Orquestre de Paris, and its own music director!(well, Barenboim still had a healthy relationship with maybe the best frech orquestre then). if you are not familiar with french school, this CD is the best introduction, then you may like to hare a little Ravel and Debussy, and you will find Bizcet is as good as Lalo! this is a 5 star ablum, i reduce one because there's a better remastered version by DG on their 98' Century Collection(1980,Barenboim). the sound is much better, since the recording was realized by the year 80, and DDD was not such a mature technology yet. always better if be remastered later, isn't it? music first,that's right, but if a better sound is available, why not?!