My dear father introduced me to these recordings on LP back in the late 1970's. I was a very young piano student trying to tackle Schumann's Carnival at the time, and laying in bed in the dark listening to S. Rachmaninoff whisking through it like spring birds among the trees effortlessly in complete control of all harmony and melody and making me feel like I'd never ever be able to play like that. Well, many years later, much maturer, I realized I could come close. But never could anyone bring us the cultural, educational and pianistic gifts that this set allows us to enjoy. I could go on and on about the individual selections and how wonderful they are, but you all need to hear for yourselves. Everyone will have their own favorite, personally the variety is so great, the repertiore so large, there is always something for the moment. This set will always be the center and core of my collection. And believe me, that's alot to say since I delve into the remotist regions of pianistic jungles.
If any one has trouble with the sound quality, I have a suggestion. Use headphones, turn out the lights and LISTEN! There is nothing missing from these recordings except the modern listeners prejudices. It's all there, baby's, you just need to open your ears to it.
Good listening, and remember, it's all a gift.