Although I have given this disc five stars, I must say that the Rhabsody in Blue is disappointing. There is nothing wrong with the performance of the orchestra in Ferde Grofe's original arrangement; it is colorful and exciting. The problem is that the recorded sound of the piano is thin, shallow, and at a low volume. You really can't enjoy the dialogue of soloist and orchestra at all. The main reason I have given this disc five stars is the arrangements of popular tunes made for Paul Whiteman's Orchestra. It is very unusual to come across this music, and Rattle plays it for all it's worth. The vocals aren't uniformly fine; the "high tenor" soloist is lacking a bit in suavity. But in general this is surprisingly fine music, colorfully played and recorded. Rattle's performances of the Milhaud and the Bernstein are all one could desire; the Bernstein really makes a wonderful racket. I only have heard one other recording of the Stravinsky for comparison, so I don't know for sure if the iconoclastic effect Rattle's performance makes is quite right. Still, this is an interestingly programmed disc with a beautiful sounding recording of the orchestra, and the performances are all one can desire.