For only about the second or third time ever I bought earlier this week a copy of Classic FM magazine (as it hails from the same stable as Gramophone I'll perhaps be allowed to mention it here). Not really the done thing for a Gramophone reader of course and I can't abide the radio station, but it was the cover discs which made me buy it: complete works - I'd always thought their cover CD contained only bits & bobs like the station itself. They were of course well enough known works but the performances looked interesting including Brahms 1, Karajan/VPO: Schumann concerto, Cliburn/Reiner/Chicago; and Strauss's 4 last songs, Lisa Della Casa/VPO/Bohm. I have very few Karajan recordings (but to digress to another thread do have his Boheme) but I hadn't heard his Brahms, and don't particularly want to again. Beautifully played of course but lacking drive and tension particularly in the first movement; not one for me. The Schumann is a good if not outstanding performance but Della Casa's Strauss, apparently the first commercial recording was for me the highlight.
The transfers are from LPs, obviously with some de-clicking and a bit of noise reduction but they've not been emasculated and are quite listenable.
I thought others might also wish to investigate.