Leopold Stokowski was one of the three or four greatest conductors of the 20th century, and quite possibly THE greatest. The performances presented on this CD were originally presented on LPs and, thus, have long been unavailable. They have only recently been made available on this remastered CD by the joint and loving efforts of Cala Records and The Leopold Stokowski Society (of which I am a member). The Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies are quite pleasant bonuses, but the major work on this CD is Stokowski's magnificent performance of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony -- the finest performance of this masterpiece I have ever heard. If you are one of the many people who love this great symphony please get this recording of it while it is still available. It is one of the dozen or so greatest performances of any work I have ever heard.
Incidentally many people may be familiar with the abbreviated version of the Pastoral Symphony conducted by Stokowski in Walt Disney's classic film Fantasia. Pleasant though that performance was, it is surpassed by the complete performance presented on this disc.