Well, I don't have the Janowski to compare, unfortunately, but one reason to "splurge" on the Naxos is all the bonus goodies: the rip-roaring full-throttle ballet Bacchus et Ariane
(the bacchanale is one of my favorite endings in all music, and the Scottish horns are jaw-dropping); the ultimate soul comfort food of the cheery Suite in F
; and a work that I've played dozens of times at bedtime to end my day, Le marchand de sable qui passe
- this is an oversimplification, but basically, try to imagine an orchestration of Clair de lune
that was 18 minutes long.
Some day I plan to get the Janowski and throw them into head-to-head combat, but I've gotten my money's worth out of the Naxos box from the Suite in F
alone: it's become my ultimate pick-me-up music, for when I need a quick restorative. Works as well as stuff like Strauss waltzes, Rossini overtures, L'apprenti sorcier
, and a piece it's not that far off from in style, Chabrier's Espagna