Pictures at an exhibition never looked/sounded better, coupled with bolero is a winner by itself, each track is a well known Piece, superbly played, even if you have some of this music do not be put off,EMI have re mastered to a high acceptable Standard, I play these EMI box sets regularly an d have very little to moan about, this particular set is in my opinion flawless, It is difficult to find a recording of Scherherazade that is both wallet and ear friendly, well it is in this box, it is a rich semi heavy Tonal sound superbly played. it's about time that recording companies dusted their old shelves and did something about pirating Their protected music, selling it for a reasonable price is surely going to make inferior illegal MP3. Downloads undesirable. Good for EMI taking the lead, even though thr Gramaphone reported that they have been bought out. Full WAV files are always better than squashed tomatoes I see that the complete Toscanini is on offer,although a bargain for what you get, however, it's a bit much for a one off,maybe if It were offered in say four parts? As I for one have already got the first two downloads from Amazon.
Lot's of eccentric stuff in here but also some real gems. The Tchaik 6 features extraordinary textures and unbelievable playing from the orchestra - given the slow speads the ensemble and breath control are amazing. The tempi are slow but if you forget what you usually hear, this is wonderful.
Not all the collection is of the same quality, but there are some breathtaking moments including a beautifully textured La Mer.
Not a first or only choice but if you like beautiful textures and aren't scared of non-standard interpretations, this is worth a look at the v low price.