I am ignoring the wonderful performance of the Classical Symphony and Romeo and Juliet excerpts which though superb, can be found in equally compelling contemporary recordings with far better sonic qualities. What is truly amazing is the re issue of the fifth symphony. It has always been my opinion that there are 3 great fifth symphonies written in the twentieth century; those of Mahler, Shostakovich and Prokofiev. (One can make an argument to add Sibelius' fifth, but not really). As a college kid, in 1955 I won a copy of the Koussivitzky Prokofiev Fifth Symphony on an RCA long play taken from the original 78 RPM 1946 recording in a poker game. Wow, what a performance, but in 1955, the era of Mercury Living Presence, RCA Red Seal since 1953, Westminster --by comparison the sound was stifling. I don't know what I did with the original LP recording, but I sure wish I had it back now. However, I have been redeemed, coming across the RCA 1994 Gold Seal recording. Although again not up to snuff sonically by 21st century standards, it is a quantum leap above the LP. My memory though at this point not as sharp as it was in 1955, is sufficiently sharp to know that a sonic miracle has happened. One can appreciate fine orchestral playing-routine these days with recordings by good orchestras, but can you ever hear Koussevitzky's sheer energy and love that produced this recording. It is as if Koussevitzky was the symphony's God Father. Perhaps he was, having allegedly sent the music paper on which to compose the symphony from the United States to Russia during the war. There are many good recordings of his symphony, virtually all sonically better, but all must be measured against this one which thankfully has been preserved. This recording is a must.