There are dozens of recordings of the Serenade. Most people feel that Ormandy has the best one out there. I felt that way too until I heard this one. Stokowski's phrasing, nuance of touch and silky smooth strings, coupled with TRUE multichannel sound, makes Ormany's version sound old. Ormandy's version should be remastered to remain competitive. That being said, this is one the best serenades you'll hear. The wonderful quadraphonic engineering makes the LSO sound so spacious and natural. And if that isn't enough, Stoky does Francesca for the third time. Now many classical lovers know that Stoky's version of this piece has been HEAVILY reorchestrated. And is it any wonder? The piece is mediocre, but in Stokowksi's hands, it becomes a masterpiece. If you are a purist, then skip this version, but if you love Stokowski, you have to compare this one to his famous version with the New York Philharmonic. It's true, that version has a blistering intensity and fire that is unbelieveable. A critic for the American Record Guide says that version is unbeatable. However, upon listening to this, the wonderful sound makes the Everest recording sound old. So, I'm more inclined to say that this one is better. Stoky even adds more percussion to the ending of this one and it's thrilling! But hey, don't take my word for it! Listen for yourself. And when you do, be mesmerized at the genius that is Stokowski!