I think I'm sort of with some of the other reviewers in enjoying the Loeffler composition better than Carl Orff's selection. Though, in fairness, the Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi is really the dramatic segment of Carmina Burana. And there's nothing to complain about there, really. I've just heard some better renderings of some of the central melodies. They actually can sound more melodious than this. If you're not already familiar with this piece, envision the theme music from Excalibur : Widescreen Edition where Merlin sends Uther Pendragon riding across the breath of the dragon to seduce the wife of his rival, and conceive the infant Arthur.
I wanted to include some background about the conductor Stokowski, as his reputation influenced this purchase, and it's an over-all enjoyable performance.
Leopold Anthony Stokowski (April 18, 1882 - September 13, 1977) was a British-born, naturalised American orchestral conductor...the son of an English-born cabinet-maker with Polish heritage, Kopernik Joseph Boleslau Stokowski, and his Irish-born wife Annie-Marion Stokowski, née Moore. Stokowski was born Leopold Anthony Stokowski, though on occasion in later life he altered his middle name to Antoni.
Stokowski studied at the Royal College of Music, which he first enrolled in 1896 at the age of thirteen, making him one of the youngest students to do so. In his later life in America, Stokowski would perform six of the nine symphonies composed by his fellow organ student Ralph Vaughan Williams. Stokowski sang in the choir of the St. Marylebone Church, and later he became the Assistant Organist to Sir Walford Davies at The Temple Church. At the age of 16, Stokowski was elected to a membership in the Royal College of Organists. In 1900, Stokowski formed the choir of St. Mary's Church, Charing Cross Road, where he trained the choirboys and played the organ. In 1902, Stokowski was appointed the organist and choir director of St. James's Church, Piccadilly. He also attended The Queen's College, Oxford, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1903.