Stokowski didn't record The Planets just to add his version to the stack. In 1956, the stack wasn't very large. Stokowski was always interested in new recording technology, & i think he would be pleased with this remaster of the analog stereo he tried to record with great care. It brings out details in winds & percussion (but unfortunately not the organ), adding about 10 seconds of silence at the conclusion of Neptune before the track ends, his original intention.
You know this recording is a little different from start, with the blitzkrieg paced Mars (Maestro adds a tam-tam at the end, but it works). He eases back on the Elgarian tone of Jupiter, & whips up the wizard in Uranus. Neptune may be the loveliest, most ethereal version of all, with vague premonitions of minimalism Stokowski seems to sense (& Holst toyed with in several other compositions); the ending takes us out of the world of myth & the gods & leaves us in the silence of outer space. Not the best Planets all around (maybe the best Neptune), but if you love the work enough to collect fine recordings of it, this is a must-have.
If post-Wagnerian is your cup of Viennese coffee, it doesn't get served up much better than Transfigured Night. Stokowski knew this music intimately & his recording here has always been considered one of the finest available. Darkly, even passionately, romantic on the surface - Schoenberg was falling in love at the time - it is as brilliantly constructed as his later 12 tone works.